|December 12, 2012
December is upon us and I’m ready for snow! I just hope it waits until we get home from our Christmas tour! For obvious reasons, I don’t like being in our bus when the snow is coming down. It just doesn’t feel too safe! We are half way through our Christmas tour and having a wonderful time. Last night we sang in Louisville, KY, and are currently in route to Marysville, OH, for tonight. Last weekend we had the annual Grand Piano Extravaganza in Shipshewana, Indiana. The only word that comes to mind at the moment is “WOW!” It was a two night, all piano Christmas concert that was just fantastic. Stan Whitmire, Tim Parton, Sharon and Janet Hayes of the Hayes Family, along with Janet Paschal, as our guest soloist, all did an incredible job. This has been a full month already of celebrating the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. I love this time of year!
Tim Parton, Kim Collingsworth, Janet Hayes, Sharon Hayes, Janet Paschal, Stan Whitmire
The Beautiful Christmas Grand Piano Extravaganza - Shipshewana, IN
Just a few nuts and bolts:
In my last newsletter I asked you, our friends, to give your input on song selections for the new Christmas and hymns projects that were coming up. I must say, you shocked me by all of your responses and I so appreciated it. I lost count after receiving over 1200 emails from you. I’m impressed! Thank you for giving us such great ideas. I thoroughly enjoyed reading your thoughts and ideas for both projects. I’m happy to tell you that the Christmas CD/DVD titled “FEELS LIKE CHRISTMAS” is completed and on the website for purchase. What fun we had choosing and arranging the music for this. The hymns CD is still in the works and will be released in the spring of 2013.
The Collingsworth HomePlace ready for Christmas
Phillip just had too much fun putting up the tree this yr
In the past two months we have been engrossed in the election and all that has transpired, as I’m sure you have. I must say, though our world is in turmoil, (more so than I ever remember) my faith has not waivered over this election. God is still running this world and will continue to do so. He will have the final say…. period! There will come a day when every knee shall bow, and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord! That means every person from our president on down will have to confess with their mouth that Jesus is Lord! So, if you’re finding yourself a bit discouraged or worried about the state of the union, take heart, my friend, it’s not over yet! We don’t have to fear tomorrow because God is already there and He has it under control! Praise His awesome name!
Celebrating our 26th wedding anniversary at Will & Brooklyn's place
Phil & I with Attorney General John Ashcroft & his wife at our recent concert in Lamar, MO
As I mentioned above, the Christmas DVD/CD titled “FEELS LIKE CHRISTMAS” and the new Gospel music DVD titled PART OF THE FAMILY are ready for purchase. I am so pleased with how these have turned out and I hope you will be also. There is a lot of ‘behind the scenes’ footage on both of the DVDS that I think you will find interesting plus each one contains a full ‘live’ concert. The kids share quite a bit about personal happenings in the family and our new son-in-laws also join in for some of the story telling along with Phil and myself. If you’re planning on ordering for Christmas gifts this is the week to do it. Danette, our office manager, has been putting the orders out at a rapid rate in the past few weeks. There’s still time for you to get your orders in for those special people on your Christmas list, but please do so quickly to ensure they arrive on time. You can order through our website at www.thecollingsworthfamily.com or contact the office at 513-553-0658. Danette will be happy to assist you.
I might add that we just received word this week that the Trinity Broadcasting Network is airing FEELS LIKE CHRISTMAS on television three times this season. If you are interested in seeing it, the schedule is as follows:
Tuesday 12/18/12: 12:30 pm EST / 9:30 am PST
Thursday 12/20/12: 3:30 am EST / 12:30 am PST
Saturday 12/22/12: 12:30 am EST / translates to Friday 12/21/12 9:30 pm PST
Also, airing on radio this week .......... FEELS LIKE CHRISTMAS is the feature on Paul Heil's THE GOSPEL GREATS on all broadcasts nationally this weekend. To find a program near you, log onto www.TheGospelGreats.com
In addition ............... FEELS LIKE CHRISTMAS is the feature next week on Daniel Britt & Friends, aired on XM/Sirius's Enlighten, Channel 18.
For immediate release:
Coming up on the next Daniel Britt & Friends, broadcast the week of 12/17/12: There's no place like home & family for the holidays!
What better way to spend an hour at Christmastime than with The Collingsworth Family! Listen to selections from their album "Feels
Like Christmas" and to stories of their personal favorite Christmas memories & traditions. It's an hour gathered around the fire
with Phil, Kim, Brooklyn, Courtney, Phillip, & Olivia - all on the next Daniel Britt & Friends!
About Daniel Britt & Friends
Daniel Britt & Friends is a one-hour Gospel music radio show, available each week to nearly 30 million satellite subscribers*
throughout the U.S. and Canada on SIRIUS XM SATELLiTE RADiO's enLighten (Sirius XM Channel 18) - Mondays at 7PM ET, Thursdays at
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In closing, I just want to mention something that has been on my mind for several months now. As we all know, we are in an incredible time in this country where technology is the craze and most everyone you meet is on a tight time schedule myself included. Most people you meet seem to be in a constant hurry almost out of breath as it were trying to meet the demands on them. We’ve learned how to maneuver in the fast lane well, and I don’t think we have any idea the long term toll it’s taking on us and our families. We talk fast, walk fast, eat fast, and then get up from the table and politely announce, “I need to run!” As one man said, “We use Fed Ex for shipping, Quicken for our books, and Slim Fast to lose weight. We want it now, and quick! We’re a ‘happening generation’, and if nothing is happening we’ll create something. If we would be totally honest with ourselves, we would have to admit that not a lot of spiritual development or quality time happens while we’re in high speed! Constantly running full steam ahead leaves very little time for serenity and reflection, and very little time to recognize that there just might be someone in need around us. An overwhelmed, rushed state of living leaves no shield from burnout, and little sensitivity to that still small voice that will never yell over top of our busyness, but simply waits for us to ‘be still’ so he can gently show us the way to go. I once heard a preacher say that you could search the scriptures over and you would never find an instance where Jesus was in a hurry. He went on to say that Jesus’ ministry was always the person standing in front of him. For many of us, the person standing in front of us is only an obstacle to keep us from getting where we need to go. Constantly living in the fast lane fogs our lens, and keeps us from seeing the important things in life. I’ve been on my soap box with my own kids lately about things called Face book, I Phones, (yes, I have an I Phone) Twitter, etc….. I think they are brilliant ideas and fantastic mediums of communication, and obviously so does most everyone else in the world. There’s only one thing that is concerning and that is the misuse of them. It is appalling how many people literally spend hours every day tracking people’s status and whereabouts……many people they hardly even know. Human curiosity has always been, and will always be…..I get that! What’s so crazy is that it’s not uncommon to walk into a doctor’s office, a church sanctuary, a mall, library, a Wal-Mart, a gas station, or any other common place and see people literally almost walk into each other because their heads are down, and their eyes are fixated on a screen. Personal, uninterrupted communication, eye to eye, is becoming less and less. Our teenagers are obsessed with this technology and so are a lot of adults that I know. I heard one Mom say, “My kids are bringing their phones to the dinner table at night.” While I’m certainly not an authority on this subject, I must say, the lack of moderation and discipline in this area is frightening! We all know how important moderation is in every area of our lives. For instance, if we eat too much of the wrong foods, there will be consequences. The scales go up, the blood test results become alarming, our bodies become out of shape and sluggish, and the list goes on. In the same way, there are consequences when we fail to nurture our families and our friendships because we lack moderation and simply can’t leave our phones on our dresser for even twenty minutes for fear that we’ll miss an email or tweet that could just possibly be life-changing! You’re probably saying about now, “Wow, this lady is old school!” Well, maybe so, but I will take the results of healthy communication with our families and friends any day over the results of saturation with technology that leaves our minds numb and lethargic to the people around us. The results of community are undeniable! Families and relationships become fractured without healthy communication. It’s a fact! Am I against technology? Absolutely not! I enjoy it much like you probably do, but I resist the mindset of living in our own technical zone when there are people around us that need the care and love we can give when we simply stop what we’re consumed with and take the time to listen. On many occasions those people may be standing right in front of us. God help us to view them not as an obstacle, but as an opportunity.
I hope you are enjoying this most beautiful time of the year! God with us! The God who knows the very number of hairs on our head, and even knows our every thought! Now that beats any technology I’ve ever seen.
I love you all,
On stage at Canada's Gospel Music Celebration - Red Deer, Alberta
Celebrating with my parents on their 50th wedding anniversary