Thursday, February 28, 2008

We Need a Garage!

Well, I would like to ask you to pray for an urgent need. One of the weaknesses of our motorhome situation is that there is little storage available, so we have thought about getting a covered utility trailer to pull behind the motorhome. Think of it like a portable garage. We need one big enough to carry stuff and a motorcycle (for getting around town); we think that will take at least a 6x8. Ideally we would like to find one with an extra door on the side.

Anyway, if you know of one that we might be able to buy, please let me know! We would like to be able to use it to move my books down to their new home (lots of books).

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Bedroom Facelift and More

Well, we are going to be living in our motor home full-time, so there are a few modifications that must be made. Mainly, we need to convert the back bedroom into a bunk-room for the kids. Martha and I will take the overhead bed (it is a class-c motor home), and the kids will each have their own submarine style bunk. It won't be much room, but it will be their own space, which we feel is very important for them.

A couple men from our church have begun the work, and they are removing the old furnishings/cabinets. There are some things to work around (like the spare tire), but in the end, I believe that we will have a much better situation for the kids.

We continue to pack up my books, and as we have found a few who can use some of our furniture, we intend to give away what can be used in the Lord's service. Then we will sell what we can, and when that is done, we will toss the rest into a big dumpster! What fun... it will be a flurry of activity from now until March 31st, so we appreciate your prayers during this time of transition.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Two New Links

I have added two more links into our music links section. Before I go any further, let me say that links to particular artists are NOT endorsements of all of their music or their particular philosophy of music. However, there is some value in considering each perspective. The two added are at very different sides of the music spectrum, but both spend considerable time thinking through music issues.

When it comes to music in church / worship, I am much closer to Scott Aniol than Bob Kauflin, and even though I do not always agree with Scott's arguments, I appreciate his desire to be careful with music. We should think through the issues clearly and carefully, and Scott's site is actually far deeper than just a blog.

Worship Matters is very much a Sovereign Grace Ministries site, and so the music and its philosophy is exactly what you would expect. The lyrics are almost always solid and excellent, though the music frequently doesn't really match the tone of the lyric. With that said, however, there is some value in considering and interacting with the ideas / music / philosophy found herein.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Contact Information

If you would like to contact us for booking a meeting or just questions about our ministry, you may do so in one of the following ways:

Phone Call: (909) 680-2331
If you call and get our answering machine, please leave a message; we will call you back! You can also text message us at the above phone number.

Internet: tpryde 3 at gmail period com (remove spaces and insert appropriate punctuation)
Believe it or not, this is one of the fastest ways to get a hold of us. In addition, you can contact us through Facebook, via our "fan" page.

Support Information:
Crossroads Baptist Church (Sermons in Song)
1220 Appalosa Way
Tracy, California 95376

We will keep this page updated if any changes or additional contact information is needed.

Friday, February 8, 2008

Public Announcement Coming Soon

Well, the time is nearing to publicly announce what we are planning, and then we will really get going with our planning. Basically, we expect to know better what our plans will look like after this weekend, and it will be great to get things moving!

Stay tuned for more details next week!

Monday, February 4, 2008

New Links

There are two new links that you may notice have been added to our list. These are two excellent musicians who are producing music that is exceptional. Dan Forrest is an amazing composer, and his site is worth visiting, if only to hear the samples of his work. Seriously...go listen to a few of his samples.

I admire his music so much that I have a dream of collaborating with him on a project about the attributes of God. However, his commission fees are so high that I would be hopelessly in debt to make it happen. Perhaps, some day, God will let me do that project.

Greg Howlett is the other musician that is linked. He is an excellent pianist who has produced a series of "lessons" for pianists. My oldest son has learned a lot from them, and though they are written with piano in mind, I have also benefited from the lessons in my own music for guitar and voice. If you play congregational piano in your church, it would benefit you greatly to spend some time on this site.

Comparing our music to theirs is like comparing a hot dog and a fillet mignon. There is no comparison, and we would like to express our appreciation and admiration for their contributions to Christian music.

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Sound System

Well, we are continuing to work toward getting everything together, and there is so much to do! However, God continues to supply, so we are pressing onward. One of the things that we have to do is determine what type of sound system to bring along. We really have three choices:
  1. We can simply use the sound systems that are already present
  2. We can get a traditional sound-reinforcement system (PA)
  3. We can get a self-contained compact system
There are pros and cons for each option. The first case is certainly the cheapest. However, it is not uncommon for churches to have the wrong types of microphones for cello, and many aren't really equipped to handle acoustic guitar either. Because of the nature of our music, it is also important to be able to obtain the right sound (clean acoustic), and most systems are not designed to make this a simple proposition. Even where it is possible, it is time-consuming to accomplish, and on top of this, it becomes problematic to leave the balance of the musical elements to a sound engineer that hasn't worked with us before.

The second option is definitely better, but it requires speakers, stands, amplifier, mixer, and other miscellaneous equipment (on top of the base system in the link). With our instruments alone, we already have quite a few items to carry and manage. On top of this, these systems do not automatically sound as good as built in systems that are tuned for the building. In order to get a portable system to work properly, it takes a surprising amount of time, trouble, and additional equipment (and expense).

The third option is the easiest and most compact option, but there is only one company making anything like them. As a result they are slightly more expensive than the second option. However, they are considerably easier to set up (10 minutes as opposed to hours), and they sound far better for acoustic music like ours. This is the option that we are praying God will supply. If you are interested in knowing more about this system, you can read about it here.