Where We Serve
The Christmas Season
Our first post-pandemic mission trip to the Czech Republic just got canceled - not by our initiative, but by the Czech socialist government doing everything possible to keep the power grab control going by imposing new restrictions not only on the Czech citizens, but on international visitors. They no longer accept negative Covid test neither a doctor's statement of being healed from the disease to enter the country. The only people allowed to visit are the triple-vaccinated in possession of an EU approved vaccination card... How ironic - this shows that the socialist-minded governments (including the federal one we currently have in the USA) don't really care about health constantly inventing environments where immune or healthy people no longer qualify to enjoy freedom. We know it's now a scientific fact that these so-called vaccines don't really protect people from either getting or spreading the disease. The only thing that matters to these governments is the people's vaccination status so they can push more vaccine sales, which translates to billions more in earnings for Big Pharma generating more donations to the political campaigns of those who endorse them.
We are sad for the Czech people going through another lockdown with the Christmas markets and most public events canceled... We had hoped to bring some joy and hope by sharing our singing and testimonies, but we thank the Lord that we have no shortage of opportunity to do so here. If you'd like to join the Sust Family Singers in ministry and in concerts, here is our upcoming schedule:
Fri – 12. 10. 6-9 pm Port St. Lucie Fairgrounds – Christmas Markets (outdoor stage)
A 30-minute guest appearance during the TCC Choir stage time
Sat – 12. 18. 3 pm Christmas Concert with the TCC Orchestra
Trinity Methodist Church, Jensen Beach
(We will be singing all kinds of Christmas specials)
Sun – 12. 19. 7 pm Christmas Concert with the TCC Orchestra
St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Stuart (Ross Hall, enter from Balboa Street)
Fri – 12. 14. 6 pm Christmas Eve Service
Peace Presbyterian Church in Stuart
Sun – 1. 2. 9:30 am Mariner Sands Chapel in Stuart
(morning worship service)
March 2-15, 2022 - The Smiling String Orchestra Tour!
After a terribly long time of Covid travel restrictions, we are planning to welcome in the United States our first overseas music group, The Smiling String Orchestra, from the Czech Republic. They will spend two weeks with us during their spring break at beginning of March. We hope to travel with the to Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi to perform concerts for people in churches and students in schools. We always use the concert venues to present the gospel of Jesus Christ. The second week of the tour, the orchestra will be performing in South Florida in the Stuart-Jupiter-West Palm Beach area. Please contact us via email or call Pastor Michael to book a concert for your community now! We will also need families to provide housing for these young Czech musicians (average age 16-17). The housing ministry is not difficult, it involves mostly evening time as the Czech kids will be travelling and performing concerts during the day hours. This is the best youth string orchestra in the Czech Republic with all kinds of awards on their resume. Here is more information about them:
The orchestra was established in 2013 by Mr. Mikuláš Ježek, (b. 1982), an accomplished international violin and viola player and conductor. He is a graduate of the National Conservatory in Brno and received his Master of Music Degree in chamber music from the Academy of Music in Prague. The orchestra is a part of the ZUS Střezina, a School for the Arts in Hradec Králové, Czech Republic where Mr. Ježek is a teacher.
The nucleus of the orchestra is a string quartet made of the lead students in the string department which recently received a special award for the best student chamber group in the national Young Talent Competition (high school category). The orchestra includes middle school and high school students selected from the school’s large string department, ages. The main portion of their repertoire consists of classical music, but the students also love to play film music and various popular tunes. The orchestra participated in the music festival, “Škroupovy Osice“ (named after the author of the Czech National Anthem).
They performed in Prague for the members of the Czech Parliament and at the Foerster Music Festival in Libán in June 2018. In 2017 the orchestra published their first CD featuring the film music of the British composer, Rachel Portman, a winner of the Academy Award in the category of Best Musical or Comedy Score (for Emma in 1996) and the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Composition for Bessie. Ms. Portman was delighted to give the students her personal permission to arrange her music for strings and record it. In 2017, the Czech violin virtuoso, Pavel Šporcl, selected the “Smiling Strings” for his special five-concert tour. In May 2018, the orchestra won the national competition of string orchestras in Olomouc in all age categories (even though their oldest students were only 16). The group was officially crowned “The Best Student String Orchestra in the Czech Republic.”
The orchestra first toured in Canada and the USA in December 2019, performing together with Czech-born American bass-baritone Michael Šust and his family. The students are very excited about their second U.S. tour and looking forward to exchanging the cold of Northern Europe for the warm climate of the Sunshine State (like their summer at home). To book a concert for your community, please email us your request. To see a video sample of the "Smiling Strings" please click below:
Coming Up Soon!
We look forward to more outdoor worship times with
friends like the one we recently had the opportunity
to lead at the Reelitz' home. About 30 worshippers
gathered around the bonfire lifting up their voices
and prayers to the Lord.
Stay tuned for future worship events in 2022.
Pastor Michael continues to conduct Vocal Clinics at Calvary Church in Jupiter, 10180 W Indiantown Rd, Jupiter, FL 33478 about every six weeks. The clinics is designed to equip the worship team vocalists addressing some practical things such as vocal blending, harmonizing, finding your harmony in a multi-singer team, song build ups, and other common challenges one encounters as a singer and worship leader. Please join us! Clinic is open to all, vocalists will be picked from current the Calvary Church worship team. Call Pastor Matthew Schallmo at Calvary Church to find out about the next scheduled clinic.
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