A busy summer
It’s been a very busy summer, so much so that I may have forgotten how to blog. And the summer and all it’s events are not even close to being over. Here are a few highlights of my summer so far:
Choir rehearsals on Sunday afternoons
We have taken a bit of a break from our normal Wednesday night choir rehearsal, and moved it to Sunday afternoons, prior to our evening service, for the summer months. This has allowed our folks to get involved in other ministries during the summer. My wife and I have been able to lead a parenting class, something which we both have learned a lot from. (It’s been a “learn as you teach” sort of thing.)
VBS, Bible Conference, and Freedom Festival
Our church has hosted three main events this summer that have all been hugely beneficial to me and my family. Our kids loved our VBS, which had an island theme to it. I played the piano, and provided lots of island music for it (of which I can hardly remove from my head these days). As part of our church’s 100th anniversary, we hosted a Bible conference, which had some great speakers and was well attended. A little over a week ago we hosted a Freedom Festival, and saw over 800 people in attendance, including several first time families to our campus. We are excited to continue our outreach from our church through these and other ways.
Two music conferences
I confess, I’m not much of a conference type person, but I decided to step out of my comfort zone this summer. I’m glad I did. Both were composer symposiums, but they were both very different. One was hosted by Lorenz, and was an assortment of many of the “names” in the industry (Joe Martin, Mark Hayes, Lloyd Larson, and on and on). It was neat to get to meet many of them for the first time, enjoy some great fellowship, and learn how they go about their craft. It was truly inspirational. The second conference was hosted by Joe Martin and Pine Lake Music, and it’s focus was more on training and craftsmanship. We got to sit under Martin, Robert Sterling, Joel Raney, and others and learn how to better develop our craft. I walked away with some great tools, and it was great to be reacquainted with some wonderful friends, and make many more friends.
July brings with it a family vacation and some very exciting projects that I’m eager to tell you all about once they materialize. Until them, I hope you’re staying busy and serving faithfully.
James Koerts serves as the worship pastor of Mikado Baptist Church in Macon, Georgia. In addition to his full time responsibilities at the church, James is also a published composer and arranger.