August 2008 Newsletter

August 2008

Hello folks! Let me start this month’s newsletter with a tremendous thank you to all of our small, but mighty group of fans that continue to shower us with support. Last month was our annual “homecoming” and what a time that was! There is no crowd better than a home crowd. We love you all! 

For my father and I, this month is a month that we always look forward to. As we have for the past three years we are able to go to Lousiville KY for the National Quartet Convention. We cannot wait to sit back and enjoy hearing all of our favorite groups. To us, Southern Gospel music houses the greatest singers and musicians the world has ever seen. Do keep us in your prayers as we travel while time is short and money is tight. 

As my favorite season approaches Accounted For looks ahead to our much anticipated New England trip in October. It will be our second time around and we’re thrilled to death to be coming back to our family, friends and THE most beautiful fall colors in America. 

As I leave you I must continue to humbly ask for prayer for this group. And if I may, please keep Dana and I in your specific prayers. No need to fear, but some extra strength could be greatly used during these emotional few weeks. We remain assured that all is well because we have not forgotten that our God is real. 

By His Grace, 

Petie 

PS: It was great to see our friend Ken Overcast at the Sanders County Fair this past week. We had the privilege of sharing the stage with Ken over in Malta a few months ago. Check out Kens website! 

July 08 Newsletter

At last we are writing! Forgive the delay, and we won’t go into excuses, excuses, you hear them “oh” so much!! Accounted For has had many wonderful experiences and concerts since we last wrote: Lincoln Baptist, First Southern Baptist in Great Falls, Ulm Bible Church, Malta Community Church, The Milk River Gospel Jamboree in Malta, and Mountain View Baptist Church, Cut Bank all in Montana. North Addison Baptist Church in Spokane, Washington and Emmanuel Baptist in Couer d’Alene, Idaho were invaded just this last weekend. We were all healthy, too! Praise the Lord! We hope you have enjoyed viewing photos online taken along our travels. All of these preachers, pastors, music men, and servants of the Lord in the ministry have been such a blessing. If you get to pouting under a juniper bush like Elijah thinking you’re all alone- just DON’T!! There are people who love the Savior, their fellow Christian and want God’s best for this country everywhere!! The servant of the Lord is not alone!

This one particular Gospel Quartet found love in abundance in Malta. Our first visit, we pray is not our last! We have never been so refreshed in Spirit at a gathering of singers and musicians! We were a little tired physically- but it didn’t matter. Have you ever been so refreshed on the inside that it strengthened a hurting body? We were all blown away by the fellowship and warmth, caring and humility. A spirit of unity is a powerful thing. My spiritual engine is still purring away from the fueling I received there. Godliness is an energy that is supposed to be given out to ALL souls. Am I fueling hurting Christians? Do I represent life and high voltage to a lost soul? Lord, help me offer a contagious example of Jesus Christ to everyone… keep people running with hope and the light of the glorious gospel. I suppose you get the picture!!

Hey, the Lord’s still on the throne, even during extremely high gasoline prices! Make the devil mad and don’t cut back on the travelings of the Lord during this time. He will provide for you! He has for Accounted For. June 20th was a special dinner evening held at the house in Trout Creek for all the givers involved in the production of our CD. We called it our CD Celebration. I cooked up a doozy of a meal for several dear people and we had a good time! I love to cook for hungry humans… any one reading this now is always welcome at our home and table.

The month of July is just about done!! WOW! Fast summer! August will bring a local concert right here in good ole Thompson Falls, Montana, yes sireeeeee, and then one close by in Plains September 7th. Those will of course be reported on in our NEXT – ON TIME- Newsletter. Oh my but MOST important is the wedding…. yippee… the wedding of a one certain Dana Burns to a Miss Anna Cleghorn on August 30th. Stir the gravy and don’t burn the biscuits it’s gonna happen… and the earth will shake from the hallelujahs that day!

April 2008 Newsletter

Greetings,

Once again, it is the fearless leader at the pen this month. Now that everyone is waiting with baited breath, let me proceed.

1200 miles in one weekend for us is a pretty good chunk. God was faithful as always. He protected us, even while Dana was driving [you had to be there]. We met a whole bunch of new people and made new friends. We must say thank you to the churches that had us and made us feel welcome. Everywhere we went this weekend was somewhere new to us. Thank you for trusting us and allowing us in your church to share the gospel in song. Special thanks to Jerry and Eunice! Lock your doors, we will be back! Lunch was spectacular, as well as driving on full stomachs. Seemed all we wanted to do was sleep. 🙂

For those of you that weren’t part of this weekend, it was by far our toughest. Nothing like traveling with one subsiding case of the stomach bug and one active one. God prevailed and allowed things to be quiet when we needed them to be. Regardless of how we were feeling, it is good to know that when it comes time to sing, the Love of our song is exciting enough to us to make all the woes of life go away.

How about you, have you lost the love of your song? Turn to the Lord and He will make it afresh. Daily struggles have a way of knocking you down. Satan wants you to be discouraged and feel like you are doing no good. You can do great things for God, in spite of yourself. I will be honest, there are times when doing what we do requires a lot of effort. Sure enough, we go through the same everyday struggles as you do. This is when I need to look inside and see the reason I am doing this. The bottom line is the salvation of the lost and trying to be a blessing to others. Lastly there is joy; the joy of doing it via singing.

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. Col 3:16

Thought I would give a brief pictorial run down of our trip:

This is what Dana did most the trip————–

This is what I did most the trip—————-

Glenda and Coop—————-

Last but not least, this is ALL that PT did—————

Thats about as much as my attention span will allow me to contribute. If you want to see if we are going to be near you, here is where you can check out our schedule: gospelgigs.com

Have a blessed month!!

Pete

March 2008 Newsletter

Hello everyone! Greetings from a very slow warming Montana. I trust
all of you are enjoying the progress of this beautiful favorite season
of mine called Spring. To me, nothing compares to that fresh aroma
that comes with the budding flowers and crisp green grass. It
forces you to grasp the fact that this new season of change could only come
from our wonderful Heavenly Father who stands in charge. It’s very
exciting.

But! On to some very exciting news. We could never imagine
the mild frustration and impatience from our faithful few in regards
to our brand new album.  It just never seemed to get here! Well after
too much time, gas money, endless weekends, really really good meals
(and pies), latte’s, oh yes and tea, laughter, exhaustion, days where
we really had no clue what we were doing and Dad and Dana’s dumb stare
we finally, finally have the product. Never fear, our CD is here!
Praise the Lord it’s done!  On behalf of all of us I am very proud to say Accounted For Quartet’s first album “This Ole House” will now be available
wherever we are and on our online store at www.accountedfor.net.
There is so much we could say and so many people to thank I could never
find a place to begin.
Continue reading “March 2008 Newsletter”

January Newsletter 2008

Relief!!  The pressure is finally off to complete our vocals for our first ever Accounted For CD!!   As I write the digital version is in the hands of our producer!  Today we had a (rather silly at times!) photo shoot at the Historic Conrad Mansion in Kalispell.  A beautifully preserved home built in 1895.   Lord willin we should be able to mail out all requested copies by the end of February.  There is a special surprise that we are all very excited about!   Please pray for funds as Accounted For does the “teaberry shuffle” to pay for all this ordeal!!  (We’ll try never to do any such shuffling on stage while we sing…)  The Lord has provided in the past and RICHLY blessed.  We have NO doubt He will not fail!  Can you tell we are excited!!!  Thank you so much for all your support and encouragement.  We see the meaning that many professional groups attach to studio equipment.  They call them “humilitrons”.We pray the winter has kept everyone in good health and bright spirits.  I have just about overcome a B A A A A D bout of cold, sore throat and post nasal drip.  Our winter break from practicing and dates was a blessing in disguise for me!  Cooper and Peter caught quick versions and are well now.  Please pray for our daughter Joliene if you could.  She is in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho working hard and trying to overcome her 3rd sore throat and energy loss attack.   SNOW!!!  WOW!  We have been covered in this white blanket since just before Thanksgiving!  Now we are hitting temperatures below zero.  All is well, and yet busy as we shovel our way around the homes and acres we take care of!   We use this cold time to finish indoor jobs- and get a little chubbier to stay warmer!  Many opportunities have come our way to present the gospel to others through our ministry of music.   You have my word that all of Accounted For prays for the Lord’s will in our lives.  As a group and personally.  We NEVER want to do anything that is not directed by Him and glorifying to Him.   His selfless act of redemption and unfailing love for wretches like us deserves nothing less than ALL of our praise and service.   I must report that we are experiencing revival!   Some people recognize us around the counties now, which makes us so much more mindful of how we act!  (hmm!)  We are really able to spread the good news of the Gospel.   We pray for your opportunities as well!  Pass It On!  Love to all and God’s best! 

Glenda     

Merry Christmas! (thats spelled Christ-mas)

Hello everyone!

Greetings! from what looks to be a very white Christmas here in northern Montana. We are all thrilled and excited while we live out the next few days enjoying the Holiday season. Though the roads can be very treacherous this time of year, you cannot help but pause and take in how beautiful it is.  As I drove the long two hours home to be with my family for Christmas I had a lot of time to think.  I sang, took in the scenery, prayed, cried, thought about the “being fat and lazy”, laughed to myself at the thought of my actually being fat and lazy, laughed at Dad cause… well, he’s just that way…..Dana too.  Ok, but in seriousness I believe all of that came to me from this past month’s blessings and trials I’ve had in my life.  During that drive home the Lord made things clear.   I thank God that it was not all what I had done wrong, but also the people, the blessings, my job, my close friends, and now more than ever the Accounted For family. One of my most common prayers have been “Lord, keep my mind simple, show me the simple things that matter most.  Don’t let me loose sight of what I need the most”.

I never could put my finger on it but for the past two months two songs kept replaying and replaying in my mind.  Now I believe all of us Christians have our “dumb” moments when we just don’t get what God is giving to us or why.  But when it hits, it hits with both barrels.  “The Little Drummer Boy” is a song we all know.  Now I don’t know much about this song’s background, and from what I’ve read I would assume it’s a fairly new song considering how old some Christmas carols are, being written in the 1940’s.  But for these past few months I’ve soaked in every ounce of those lyrics, listening intently to what I believe is the most simple song when you just listen.  The song says (forgive me I’ll edit the pa rum pum pum pum’s) “I am a poor boy too, I have no gift to bring, that’s fit to give our King”. Countless times I have walked on stage and that old flesh kicks in making me feel that exact same way.  What can I do?  I’m not the most talented in the world, I’m nothing great or grand, I’m not worthy enough to stand in front of people and sing praises to Him.  Like one of my favorite quotes that comes from the movie “Amazing Grace”.  “I am a great sinner…….” But that final verse, when I’m feeling down, that final verse says it all! It says, “I played my drum for Him, I played my best for Him……Then, He smiled at me”  That little boy had nothing “worldly” acceptable to give this newborn King.  But he gave all he had, a simple gift and I’m reminded that that is what I, yeah all of us need to remember.  He’ll take what we have, even if it’s small and simple, if we just give Him our best.  When we falter, remember the last half of that quote ” ……..but Christ is a great Saviour”

I know the Holiday season can be the most joyful time of the year for people, or unfortunately the worst.  But whatever the case may be with you, from the bottom of our hearts, we love you and could not do what we do without you.  That third verse of the second song has blessed me because I think it just puts the perfect ending for those who have called on Jesus Christ to be their personal Saviour.  When we’ve all given our best to Him, no matter how simple, remember…….

In mansions of glory and endless delight;
I’ll ever adore thee in Heaven so bright;
I’ll sing with the glittering crown on my brow;
If ever I loved thee, my Jesus……’tis now.

From Accounted For to you and yours......

    Merry Christmas!  PT