Music Ministry in the Chicago Area Winter 2015/16

As we prepare to travel to our next destination I wanted to reflect on some music ministry and other musical highlights from our visit to the Midwest.

In December of 2015 my family and I were blessed with a weekend at Fox Valley Baptist Church in East Dundee, IL.  Pastor Phil Zilinski and his wife Tammy were amazing hosts.  All eight of us were able to be there to minister, connect, and encourage.  I had the opportunity to share some special music "Mary did you know?" and "The Battle Belongs to the Lord"  We also shared our family ministry movie and Pastor Phil gave me the opportunity to share our updated story and what God has been doing in the life of our family in 2015.  We had great time with many in the congregation.  They were generous and supportive of our calling and mission.  Pastor Phil and Tammy have become great friends and examples for us as we minister in the world.

My musical colleagues at St. Margaret Mary in Naperville, IL

My musical colleagues at St. Margaret Mary in Naperville, IL

During the 2015 Christmas season I had several opportunities to make music with my good friend John Schlaman.  John is the Music Director at St. Margaret Mary in Naperville, IL.  John and I have collaborated on many musical occasions over the last ten years.  I joined him for Christmas Eve, Christmas and two special Sundays after Christmas.  The picture above is from a couple of years back but many of the players were the same this year.

I have always enjoyed teaching and mentoring students in music.  During this Midwest visit I was blessed with many opportunities to teach and encourage music students in both Illinois and Iowa.  I was invited to give master classes with several middle/high schools as well as several brass days at Westlake Christian Academy in Grayslake, IL. 

In January I had the opportunity to spend quality time with one of my mentors and good friend Pastor Ron Markese of Calvary Church in Naperville, IL.  Pastor Ron has been an invaluable resource as I work to build this traveling/itinerant ministry.  He has a wealth of experience and I appreciate his counsel.

At the end of January I was invited to share music and testimony at the Church of the Nazarene in Mudelein, IL.  My host family the Weitzel's were terrific hosts and the congregation was very welcoming.  I shared special music "Breathe" "You Are Good" and "Te Deum" as well as an updated family ministry movie and testimony.

It has been a great season in the Midwest.  Thanks to our family and friends for the love, encouragement and support.  We look forward to our next visit to the area in November/December 2016.