Congratulations to all our awesome couples who have celebrated their 50th Plus Wedding Anniversaries! What a wonderful accomplishment!
Elation! is coming soon to Cloudcroft NM on Friday, June 22nd at 7pm! Everyone is invited to share in this musical presentation – admission is free!
Elation! Defined as a feeling of immense joy, it is also the name of the youth group based at St. Stephen United Methodist Church in Mesquite, Texas by the kids who founded the group. The idea of Elation originated in the 1970’s when the predecessor to Elation, Celebration Singers, started touring the United States performing Godspell, a musical based on the gospel according to St. Matthew. In 1999, during a mission trip to Jackson, Mississippi, a group of adults and youth decided to revive what Celebration Singers had begun.
Starting that fall, Elation began meeting once a week for a time of fellowship and dedicated practice to prepare for an annual summer tour. The group consists of an average 25 to 30 youth ranging from 6th grade to seniors in high school, ages 11 to 18, all of which come from different faiths and belief structures. Besides rehearsing Godspell, the group works all year on community service projects and fundraisers to fund their tour. Elation has traveled all over the United States, from California to Florida, from Washington to New York. Elation has touched many lives, from audiences to the kids who grow under the care of the group.
The current group consists of 26 kids from Junior and Senior High from Mesquite Texas. Sharing the word of God though their presentations for the past 18 years while traveling over 60,000 miles, and worshiping with over 200 congregations. A spectacular and spiritual high for all! Watch for the Time of production to be posted! Will be an evening performance.
To learn more about Elation: https://www.elationyouth.com/
Sunday June 3rd Dr. Ross Jutsum will be at our church to conduct a special praise and worship service starting at 11 am. The on Sunday evening at 5pm he will be giving a concert at Cloudcroft UMC with the entire community invited.
Dr. Jutsum is an accomplished pianist, singer, song writer, and recording artist. Ross founded “State of the Heart” Ministries, an inter-denominational ministry of reconciliation and renewal of life worship, dedicated to building bridges in the Body of Christ.
After a 23 year career as a college and university music professor, Ross has, for the past 20 years, presented concerts and seminars in many and varied venues around the world, including over 1,000 churches of over 160 different denominations in the U.S., Canada, the Caribbean,Western Europe, the Middle East, Central America, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand, and in nursing homes, retirement communities, hospitals, schools, and homeless shelters.
Ross serves as both a worship leader and guest speaker, weaving scripture, songs and testimony into an interactive message, engaging young and old alike. He particularly enjoys including children and teens, sharing bible story songs and have them participate actively.
Ross is a member of the Rotary Club of Pasadena, the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association and the University Club. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of North Texas, a Masters of Arts in Piano degree from California State University in Los Angeles, and a Bachelor’s degree from Ambassador University.
Ross lives in Sierra Madre, California with his treasured wife of almost 40 years, Tammy. They have two daughters. Heidi lives in Connecticut with her husband Ryan, a professor at Yale University, and four-year-old Grace Victoria and twenty-month-old Gabriel Joseph. Younger daughter Lisa and her husband Jon are currently doing humanitarian work in Central Asia, and have fraternal twins, Evelyne Kathryn and Isaiah Frederick, now almost twenty months old.