Tuesday, May 15, 2012

ZOE in Malibu 2012

ZOE had our annual trek to Malibu recently. The Pepperdine lectureship is such a wonderful week for us. We have the honor of getting to minister to hundreds of people and also have fellowship with each other. This was our 15th year to go. What a blessing it is to us! We did three classes with Mike Cope plus 2 late night worship experiences. It was a very exhausting week but so worth it! The week culminated with a very sweet experience for me which you'll hear more about below...

Here are some pictures from our time there.

No trip to Malibu is complete for us without eating at Duke's!

The beauty all around the Pepperdine campus

Sheryl's sister Gail and her family were there too

Cousins! Maddie and Sierra

Mitch Fewell sang with us the first day-posing here with Peter and me

Amy and Sheryl

ZOE CD sales after each session

Part of the fun of Malibu is the beach!

ZOE girls jump for joy

Not to be outdone by the girls...we had to try too

Each morning we went down to the Malibu Country Mart for coffee and morning sunshine

Craig and Beth Ann were also on the trip this year. So fun being together!

Jason got to see his sister Rachel while we were there

Rachel helps prep Jason before we sing

These are the kinds of views you get at Pepperdine...the lovely Pacific Ocean

On Friday Melissa had to leave early because she and Michael were headed to NYC with the Nashville Symphony because the symphony was playing Carnegie Hall. So, I called my buddy Beverley who I used to perform with (who now sings weekly on Dancing With the Stars) and she came and joined us. It was such a special thing for us! We loved having Beverley. She sang a solo on "It Is Well" and I only wish I had recorded it. I got the other two days...but was so caught up in the moment that I missed it. It was truly incredible! You can hear clips of the other two days below...

This is in the stairwell where we go after soundcheck. I stopped recording right before Sheryl got choked on saliva. :)

After our afternoon class on Friday we all loaded up and went in to Santa Monica to the pier. In all the years we've been going out there we have never done this. It was such a blast!

Jason and Amy

Beverley and me

Maddie and Jesse

Jeremy, Beverley and Kelly Chitwood with Sheryl and me

This artist was amazing! Maddie had her do her name

Amy, Kent and Jason--oink

Kevin, Amy and Jason before riding the coaster

Ella rode with me! She loved it!

We had a great week out there and some pretty incredible moments of ministry in Mike's class and in our late night worship sessions. I always leave feeling the glory of God. It's a very special place. 


annie said...

You guys are a big part of what makes the Pepperdine Lectures so very special to me. I listened to "My Father's World" while looking at the rest of your beach pics, just now. It was wonderful to hear y'all sing it then; it was even better, tonight. Y'all's timing, harmony, vocals, everything, is done SO well. God has blessed each one of the Zoe singers with gifts to lead worship that truly glorifies Him. Thank you, thank you, & I'm already looking forward to next year!

Oh, & my girlfriend & I were thrilled to see Beverley in person, AND sing a solo. WooHoo! Thanks for giving us a celeb thrill in Malibu... :)

Gabrielle said...

Wow looks like you're having a fun time! Nice pictures.

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