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There are really no words in the English language to describe the Western District UPCI Ladies Conference of 2009.  We had record attendance and record Spirit.  As we entered into the first service, you could already feel the excitement. 

I was asked a few months back to be the Praise and Worship Leader for the conference.  I accepted and knew it would be a big task.  However, with much prayer and practice my team of musicians and singers graced the platform.  When we began to sing our first song, “Glorify His Name”,  I knew all the practices and prayers were going to pay off. 🙂  “Enter His Gates with Thanksgiving.  Enter His courts with praise.  This is the day He has given.  Come on and bless His Name.  From the platform to the door.  From the ceiling all the way down to the floor.  Come on Judah, sing Hallelujah.  Let everything with breath shout to the Lord”.  And from there we sang and worshipped our way into the presence of God.  Then we got to Friday Night and experienced “FREEDOM”  in the Holy Ghost.  WOW!

Debbie Saiz and Donna Linville were extra anointed it seemed.  God just has a way of ministering to so many different needs in one setting.  I am always in awe of how He works. 

I want to give a huge thank you to Laquita Mulling’s and all the ladies team for your incredible work for this conference.  You guys are phenomenal.  It is because of your hard work and working together like you do that we had such a great conference.  I love you all and am looking forward to working with you. 

Major kudos are going out to my praise team today,

Singers: Amanda Silveira, Cassandra Silveira, Teresa Sarria, Tena Valenti, Patricia Hurst, Mindy Ybarra. 

Musicians:  Luis Lenzi (keys), Nathaniel Hurst (drums), Todd Valenti (bass), Kyle Valenti (electric guitar), Omar Iboa (acoustic guitar). 

Thank you all so much for being faithful to extra practices and for your attitude of praise and worship to the King of kings as you played and sang for the conference. You guys are the BEST.  All your praying and fasting paid off.  I love you all.

Last, but definitely NOT Least:  Danelle Layne Silveira.  I really don’t know how to say thank you.  You was my right arm at this ladies conference.  The anointing that you sang with was unbelievable.  I was blessed to have you by my side at this conference.  I  am proud that you are my daughter.  I thank God that you serve Him with your whole heart, mind and strength.   I love you!

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Ladies Conf 2009 23 Whew!

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Today we buried one of our saint’s father. He was a good man and we were honored to part of his home-going service. Cassandra, if you read this, I whispered another prayer for you and the rest of the family tonight. I know you miss your Dad. He was such a neat person. 🙂 We then had to take off to Woodland (close to Sacramento) for a Section 7 Ladies Rally. I was privileged to speak for them tonight. We had a great time. Summer Schexnayder is the director for Section 7 and she is doing a great job serving. If you don’t know Sis. Summer, she is this little tiny person that has an incredible voice. She is playing the organ with her head-piece microphone on and all of a sudden I hear this voice. Oh My! Is that voice coming from that little body? 🙂 Well, yes it is. Great leading of worship from her. Then the sign team from Citrus Heights (Bro. Sullivan pastor) did an incredible job tonight too. There was a sweet move of the Holy Ghost during the altar service and many ladies were touched. Keep on Singing girls! 🙂 After service I enjoyed a few minutes of fellowship with the ladies and some refreshments that the ladies of the church here in Woodland had prepared. I love being around the people of God and my sisters in the Lord. There is no better people in the whole world. 🙂 We will be in service with Bro. and Sis. Schexnayder Saturday night here in Woodland and then head back over the hill to home for our Sunday services. God bless you all and I hope you have a great week-end.

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Yesterday morning at 10:00 we went to the Home-going of Blanche Faye Kilgore Shoemake.  As we walked into the sanctuary you could already feel the sweet, comforting presence of the Lord.  As the service progressed and different ones spoke and sang there was such an awesome presence of God there.  I believe that is because we were honoring the life of one of God’s favorites,  Blanche Shoemake.  What a great lady she was.  Sis. Shoemake lived for the Lord from a young child until the day God called her home.  Her life impacted so many other lives that we know about and hundreds and even thousands that we do not know.  She was a lady of prayer and many talents.  Sis. Shoemake always tried her best at everything she did.  When she cooked a meal.  When she taught Sunday School.  When she was raising her family. As a hostess.  As a wife.  And if you don’t believe that one you would have to just hear how Bro. Shoemake talked about his beloved Blanche.  I heard him say one time when I was little girl,  “if Blanche ain’t gonna be my wife in Heaven, I don’t even want to go”.   We have laughed about that statement many times down through the years but he was just trying to express what a love he had for her.  Sis. Shoemake always looked so “spiffy” and classy, so put together.  I wish I had pictures of  her in her little hats.  She was so pretty.  However, it wasn’t just her physical beauty but her spirit that made her the beautiful lady she was.  I remember one time sitting at her table with her as we ate a snack and I asked her how she had kept herself so slim and trim all of these years.  And she said, “well, honey when you go to someone’s house they will always fix their favorite and best dishes for you.  At the end of the meal when they offer you a piece of pie for dessert you tell them just how big you want your slice to be and if they bring you a bigger piece you only eat the amount that you said you wanted.”  And, I said, “well I always feel guilty if I don’t eat it all, or afraid they will think I don’t like it.”  And she said, “Oh no, no, no.  When you say that’s all you want then that is all you are obligated to eat.”  That is just one memory but it has stuck in my brain for more than 28 years.  She gave me some other advice that day too but I won’t share that here.  LOL  She was just a priceless Jewel and I’m so thankful I knew her and had the opportunity to be around her some in my life.  I know the angels in heaven sang a beautiful welcome song when Blanche Shoemake stepped across the threshold.  And I’m sure the Lord said, “Welcome Home, thou good and faithful servant.”


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Nathan, (my husband) has been teaching a series to women the past few weeks.  It has been so good and he has covered a lot of territory.  Devotion, modesty, generosity, gossip…..and the list goes on.   When I heard this song I knew I had to sing it.  The ladies in our church have this attitude.  No matter what they go through, they are going to make it. I know a lot of good, Godly women who feel this way.  We have a made up mind.

 So, tonight was the night.  My backup vocals:  Danelle Silveira, Tena Valenti and Patricia Hurst. They did a superb job.  And I must say that Kyle “tore” up the guitar on this one.  It was one of those songs that is a lot of fun but with a great message.  (Thanks Barbara for this one.)



Verse 1

I’m the kind of woman that can go through hell.

Stay the night in the lion’s den and live to tell the tale.

I’m the kind of woman who can look death right in the eye

Stand on the word and declare that I will live and not die.


‘Cause I’m a no matter what, no matter what, no matter what woman.

I’m filled with the Holy Ghost.

I’m full of the word of God.

Greater is He who lives in me.

I just can’t be stopped.

‘Cause I’m a no, no, no matter what, no matter what woman!

Verse 2

I’m the kind of woman, when my closest friend walks out

I know that the joy of the Lord is my strength,

I’ll lift my hands and shout.

I’m the kind of woman who can take the devils best hit.

Pick myself up off the floor and simply refuse to quit!


You might see me down, but you’ll never see me knocked out!

You might see me fall, but I’ll get back up and shout!

You might see me weary, but you’ll never see me stopped!

You might see me at the bottom, but I’ll be headed for the top!

Verse 3

I’m the kind of woman if I fall I’ll rise again!

I know that I’m more than a conqueror and I’m destined to win!

I’m the kind of woman when I’ve done everything I can do,

I refuse to worry, ’cause I know he’ll bring me through.

(repeat chorus)


Romans 8:38-39 (King James Version)

  38For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,

 39Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.


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