Hello to all our friends and may 2017 bring you much
happiness. What ever happens in 2017 may we always keep out eyes on Jesus. This
last year has brought about several changes for the group.
Joe Medsker, who has been a regular with
the Wasepi's for the last 3 years passed away suddenly on
Monday, January 11, 2016 at his home. He is surely missed.
Eric's father, Aaron Cowles passed away
on December 11th 2013. He will be missed by all, especially
his wife, Sandy. But, the Bible tells us that to be absent
from the body is to be present with the Lord. We rejoice in
Eric's brother, Steve Cowles has come on
board to help out with the guitar and other instruments.
My Father, Freeman (Ole Uncle Josh)
Stauffer, a founder of the group passed away on Sept 1st
My Uncle Don Stauffer, one of the
founders of our group, passed away on March 26th, 2014.
Time keeps marching on and loved ones go on to be with
In 2014 the Wasepi's
started a "Home for the Elderly" ministry. It takes place on
Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. It's been such a blessing to
be able to put a smile on someone's face and tell them the
Gospel Story in song and testimony. Also helping with this
ministry is Joe Schlabach, an original Wasepian, Counsin Eli
Schwartz, another former Wasepian, Cousin Mike Stauffer, And
Grandsons Joe Grove and Stephen Schwartz.
We now have 2
Guitar Corp. employees
in our group. Pat Mertaugh, and James Brown. They are
wonderful singers and musicians. We now have 3 banjo
players, (one plays claw hammer style), 2 guitar players,
(Steve and James are excellent at the thumb-style picking
and all are flattop pickers), 2 fiddle players (sometimes
twin fiddles are in order), 2 dobro players, one is Pro and
one (me :-) is not. An excellent mandolin player, and 2
fantastic (doghouse) bass players, (Melvin McCauley and Jim
Hoyt) and all are wonderful Christians.
I've been playing my
Father's Dobro on occasion, doing some of the songs that He
did thru 30 some years of ministy. Please continue to pray
for the Wasepi's, past and present.
John 12:32 Jesus said:
And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all
men unto me.