KINGS COUNTRYMEN NEWSLETTER
King’s Countrymen Christmas Greeting
Hey bluegrass fans it’s Lorn,” Santa”, Schultz greeting you once again from the snowy home of the Kings Countrymen Bluegrass Group here in Mondovi, Wisconsin. It is hard to believe that we have completed another great year of playing bluegrass gospel music at over sixty venues. I will vouch for the fact that each of the band members have not been too naughty over the year! Now what is often said about the old guy with the white beard and red suit is true,(we’re not talking about George now), there ought to be something other than a piece of coal in each of their stockings on Christmas morning !!
We have enjoyed a lot of happiness over the year, but as you are aware from our summer letter, there were some trying times as well. It seems that the months of June, July, and August began a rough patch where the “Worldly One” attempted to shut us down. Greater is He within us than he that is in the world!!!
Kristi learned of the death her brother as we traveled to the Northwest. Upon our return back home after the funeral, I was bitten by what may have been a Brown Recluse spider that put me in the operating room. As the surgical procedure progressed my heart decided to start going faster than an Indy 500 race car. I suffered a heart attack. Thank goodness I responded to treatment and another heart cath. After 4 days in the hospital they finally let me out. Praise God!!
In October Kristi made a trip to Fairbanks Alaska to celebrate the life of her young cousin’s unexpected death. She was joined by many of her family. They are spread out from Wisconsin, Montana, Washington State to Alaska.
George’s wife Elvada had a heart attack in August. They had just returning from a vacation. She is just now ending a long treatment siege that appears to have been successful with the placement of a couple of stints.
George and Elvada lost a very good friend from their church just before Elvada’s issues. This brought the nerves to the surface. George has been “running on empty” as he has been dealing with all these trials.
Mike has been involved caring for his mother who was placed in a nursing home. Mike and Lois spent many hours negotiating the sale of the family farm – always a sad time when the old home place is uprooted.
Dan and Pam suffered the loss of a daughter-in-law in a horrific car accident. Dan’s son Joe suffered many severe injuries also. Joe is just now getting back on his feet. On top of all this it was decided that Pam’s mother, a 94-year-old World War II Veteran, had to be placed in an assisted living environment. Her home place in Holcombe, WI was sold as well. She now resides in Eau Claire, a lot closer to Pam & Dan
Mary Pimblett and Jim Williams also did not escape the ravages of the summer season. Jim required an urgent knee replacement. Mary is finally on the last part of the treatment for Lyme’s disease.
The good thing about all of the above issues is that the Lord was in charge in each instance. God is good all the time. All the time God is good!!!
As the New Year approaches it is with bitter sweet that I make this announcement. We have traveled many many miles over the last 26 years. God has blessed us richly with safe travel. We’ve made many new friends. With God’s help we hope to scale back in 2020. It’s our plan to cut back to about half of our 2019 schedule. So far our months of May thru October are already filled. You can keep up with us on our website.
We will be hosting the OpenMic/Jam again this winter. This is at the Marten Center in Mondovi, WI. The dates are as follows: Jan. 12th, Feb. 16th, March 15th and April 19th. We start at 2:00 pm and try to finish by 5:00 pm. There is always some snacks & goodies available. We brew up a pot of soup for all to enjoy. Pam pops some corn!! It’s all FREE folks. Bring your instrument or just come and enjoy!! Hope to see you there, Lord willing.
As the Christmas season approaches, despite all our serious setbacks over the last few months, we all have many things to give thanks for. Two of them being the following:
A successful 25th band anniversary celebration played by the Kings Countrymen in October at the Calvary Baptist Church auditorium.
We made a 21 song compilation CD commemorating our 25 year.As Mary put it these are “Songs We Really Like But Don’t Often Get a Chance To Sing”. (Just contact us if you would like to get one). 715-495-5275 Lorn’s cell
Safe travels as we have visited over sixty bluegrass gospel events.
As the year comes to a close, Kristi and I, Mike and Lois, Dan and Pam, George and Elvada, Jim and Gloria, and Mary want to wish each and every one a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. As we celebrate the birth of God’s Son, let us remember He gave us the best Gift of all. Jesus’ birth gives us PEACE LOVE and most of all HOPE!!!
Now Kristi and I have reviewed the “Naughty and Nice Book”. It looks as though you will all receive something special this Christmas season. After all the best Gift of all is Jesus Christ our Savior!!!
Lorn and Kristi