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Today, First Light (the Christian band my wife and I have been a part of since 1997) was given the opportunity to perform at the final memorial service and prayer rally in Sutherland Springs, Texas. Yes, the town where that terrible shooting occurred almost two weeks ago. Our church was invited to participate in the service, which was also broadcast on radio to San Antonio, TX on 1130 AM and covered by Univision.

It was a humbling experience. Before we even set up the stage and equipment, we visited the site where the 26 crosses had been placed near the First Baptist Church (where the attack took place). So much love and grief was present. We saw the names, some of the pictures of the victims and the many gifts tenderly placed and kind words written on the crosses. Yet we were welcomed by everyone.

The service was held outside of the Community Center, about one block from the church. The service was in English and Spanish. There were many supportive words and prayers spoken by numerous ministers and scriptures were read to offer comfort to the families and friends of the victims.

First Light performed at the beginning of the service and towards the very end. We saw the local residents wearing their "Sutherland Springs Strong" t-shirts and that was inspiring to us. They are a small community (less than 500 residents) but though hurt and grieving, they are determined and doing the best they can.

Here is one song I had the opportunity to record. My wife is one of the backing singers on the end (holding the violin). All of the singers were from First Light, including the lead singer, Keishia. Her mother played the keyboards and is our church's head musician. I hope you enjoy this video. It was an honor to be there to support the Sutherland Springs community during this time.

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Allen Steadham
Artist | Hobbyist | Traditional Art
United States
Current Residence: Austin, TX
Operating System: Windows 7
Personal Quote: "Coffee is my friend!"

I work as a Desktop Support Tech, live as a Christian (nondenominational) and family man and express myself through art and music. My main instrument is electric bass guitar. I've been happily interracially married since 1995 and we have two sons and a young daughter.
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hrwilliams Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2017  Professional Writer
Watchers are my heroes! :bats: by PoisonTouch
I'll do my best to return the favor. When I have time to log on and check my comments, I always make sure commenters get a visit from me.

Thank you!!
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JASwriter Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome. This is JAS from CF. Long time, no see! I hope you're well. :)
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hrwilliams Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2017  Professional Writer
Hey, I'm sorry I've been gone for so long! I was working two jobs and now I'm on maternity leave. Just waitin' for this baby to get his act together and get outta me. :D
How are you??
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JASwriter Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Doing great, thanks! Congratulations on your baby! That's awesome news! :)

I'm plugging away at being a writer plus collaborating to get a few webcomic things accomplished.

My self-published Mindfire book is on Amazon now (print and kindle). goo.gl/JhZD3U
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Skaramine Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Tyler's artwork on Allison sent me right here to add you to my watchlist.  She's great!
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JASwriter Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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SkyGiratina00 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for the watch :B

You can check my other two accounts if you'd like^^
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onek1995 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2017
Thanks for watching me! 
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JASwriter Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome!
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