The Song Fellows

January 23rd 2019

 Wednesday at 7pm

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The Songfellows Quartet

The Songfellows Quartet is one of the longest active gospel quartets in the 100 plus years of this genre of music. The Songfellows Quartet actually began as Bob Jones and the Stamps Harmony Boys in 1946. This group has been active for over 70 years. Bob Jones Sr. was the founder and sang with the group until 2005 at the age of 93. Bob brought this style of music to California and the Western States. He was inducted into the Southern Gospel Music Hall of Fame for his six decades of great accomplishments. Bob Sr. was a pioneer in changing the style of this music from basic four part harmony written in the “convention songbooks” to featuring arrangements that were creative and dynamic. This style extended the normal range of singing high and low. Convention songbook arrangements were limited to what the average alto and bass singers could reach. Professional quartets extended those ranges and added dynamic phrasing to create an exciting and entertaining musical presentation. Bob Sr. is credited with influencing the musical styles of such groups as the Weatherford Quartet, the Imperials and the Cathedrals and many more.

While the quartet worked mainly in the Western States their radio and television appearances made the known to gospel music fans all over America. When they began to be featured at the National Quartet Convention in the early 1990’s the gospel music fans in the Eastern half of the country became enthusiastic supporters of the Songfellows.

Bob Jones Jr. joined the quartet as a teenager. First he was the baritone and later as the lead singer. Both Bob Sr. and Bob Jr. managed the group until Bob Sr. passed at age 93. His last performance was at 92 at his induction ceremony at Dollywood theme park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. In 2006 Bob Jr. moved the quartet from Los Angeles to Nashville. The members that moved with him initially moved back to the balmy west coast climate and were replaced by veteran singers. Nick Bruno and Gary Sheppard of the Kingsmen, Harold Gilley of Palmetto State, Randy Bird of the Blackwood Brothers, Ed Hill of the Prophets, Statesmen and Stamps, Rick Strickland of the Singing Americans, Kingdom Heirs, and Stamps Quartet and Mike Allen of the Gaither Homecoming videos all have served with the quartet.

Rick Strickland, Ed Hill, Mike Allen and Bob Jones Jr. now make of the group and they have been together for several years.

In 2009 the quartet’s record company started a television show called Brush Arbor Jubilee. The first year it was seen on twenty one local markets throughout the South. In 2010 the Rural Media Group (RFD-TV) launched a new network called Rural TV. The Brush Arbor Jubilee moved to the new network and expanded the show’s reach nationally. The next year the Rural Media Group acquired FamilyNet cable channel and Brush Arbor Jubilee and the Songfellows audience potential moved up to 45 million television households.

As the quartet moves into its seventh decade their mission remains the same as it was in 1954. We pray that God will continue to bless our ministry.

 

Ray and Jackie Brooks

February 17th 2019

 Sunday at 10am

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Ray BROOKS became a successful real estate broker and at one time owned ten homes and other investments. At 34 years of age, through the testimony of coworkers, he received Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior and was born again. He immediately started reaching out to hippies and drug addicts during the Jesus people revival. Six years later, in 1971, he closed his real estate company to follow the Lord's call to full time ministry.

Ray was part of the charismatic movement where the Lord opened many doors of ministry. He now ministers in churches and groups of all denominations. Ray and Jackie also conduct marriage seminars and retreats. They have ministered in many countries.

Through Ray's ministry, lives are transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit and the Lord honors His Word with signs and wonders following. Souls are saved, people are baptized in the Holy Spirit, and many are healed and delivered from demonic oppression.

Dick Williams

May 5th 2019

 Sunday at 10am

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Dick Williams is a composer, recording artist, and Bible teacher who shares the simple truths of God's Word in everyday life through his music and teaching.  God has gifted Dick with a powerful but gentle prophetic word for those to whom he has the opportunity to minister.  Dick has served the Lord in ministry for twenty-four years.  He has been privileged to take this ministry of music and teaching the Word of God to seven different countries.  You will be encouraged and refreshed through the prophetic ministry of Psalmist Dick Williams as he seeks to lift up the Lord Jesus Christ.


Taking Back The Weekend

A Night of Worship

Hosted by, FWC Men of Honor

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    To be announced, ---

We are planning an evening of worship and testimonies.  Nathaniel Slawson will be leading us in an evening of worship to take back our weekends as families.  It is easy for us to give ourselves to so many activities on any given weekend, but how many times do we give ourselves to worship the Lord and be encouraged by life changing testimonies?  Our desire for this meeting is to draw closer to the Lord and to each other as the family of God.

As men of honor we are looking to 1Corinthians 16:13, Paul writes, "Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong."  These are military terms given to the Church at Corinth.  Keep watch, why?  The days are evil, keep watch and don't let the enemy come in and steal.  Stand fast in the faith, in other words keep your post, and by faith watch.  Use the power given to you by God the Father to bind darkness, by faith prevail over temptation and unclean desires.  Quit you like men, simply put, lay down your lives in the service of your King.  Finally, be strong, it takes strength to prevail against the world, the flesh, and the devil.  Anyone can fail, but it takes strength to be a conqueror.