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My Voice


Dear friends:

Some of you have been so kind in reminding me that you’re praying for me and my voice.  After singing for nearly 50 years, my (singing) voice has become increasingly fragile.  After a full physical this summer, my physician sent me to a throat specialist.  This lovely doctor took a good look at my vocal chords.  I was so frightened about gagging or that it would be so painful that I made my husband go with me.  Oh my goodness, it was embarrassing how absolutely painless it was.  Prognosis:  My vocal chords are bruised and they are stiff, which should not be.  The good news is that I do not have nodules and do not need surgery of any kind.  I was placed on a six day steroid treatment to help speed the healing of the bruise.  I also need to see a speech pathologist.  The way I speak could very well be a contributing factor to the damage that’s been done.

Singing, for so long, has been an absolute joy for me.  In recent years, however, it has become laborious.  Yes, I want my voice to be stronger.  Yes, I want to be able to keep singing.  But more than anything I want to live for the joy of knowing Christ.  “…Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9

Author: dcarbaugh - Categories: Just Thinking...,Our prayer needs


Dámaris’s father, Joseph Henry Cortese, Sr., passed on into Glory on June 20, 2014.  Several days later, there was a memorial service unlike any other.  The grandchildren sang, his daughters sang, Dámaris sang the only song that he wrote,  Pastor Cymbala from the Brooklyn Tabernacle and others spoke of Joe’s unique life, and … well, it was so special that it was videotaped and put up on YouTube in six short parts.

Dámaris’s brother, Pastor Joseph Henry Cortese, made it available for all to see here:   JoeSr.Channel

Author: rcarbaugh - Categories: Announcements,Just Thinking...,Listen for Life

IMG_9341Hey folks:  Our home church’s overseer, Pastor Cymbala, is coming to speak at our church, Manhattan Grace Tabernacle tomorrow, July 13th.  He is the pastor of The Brooklyn Tabernacle, and a long-time friend of our family.

If you are anywhere near New York City, come out!

Here are the details:

Manhattan Grace Tabernacle
216 E. 116th St.
New York, NY 10029

It is going to be a sweet afternoon.

Author: rcarbaugh - Categories: Announcements,MGT Announcements

IMG_4071Joseph Henry Cortese, Sr.

March 28, 1926 – June 20, 2014
On Thursday, June 26th, 2014, we had an unforgettable memorial service for an unforgettable man.  Joseph Henry Cortese, Sr., Dámaris’s father, lived 88 years.  In his memory, here is a eulogy written for that service, the beautiful program, and a few pictures at the end.

*** Eulogy ***


Program Outside

Joseph Henry Cortese was born in the year of 1926, as the only child of Saverio and Marietta Cortese. Saverio, an Italian immigrant salesman, was none too thrilled with his wife’s career as an opera singer, so she eventually made a deal with him: she would leave her profession if he promised to take her back to her birthplace, Puerto Rico.


Program Inside

She ultimately won out, and when Joe was five years old, the family packed up and moved to the island. Marietta’s influence in Joe’s life didn’t end there. She was an opera singer, after all, and she came from a musical family. Her mother, a professional pianist, introduced him to his first love when she gifted him with a baby grand Steinway piano at the age of fifteen.


Author: rcarbaugh - Categories: Announcements

Joe_Memorial_Flyer_1kDámaris’s father, Joseph Henry Cortese, Sr., passed into Glory last Friday, June 20, 2014 after over 18 months battling Leukemia.  He lived 88 years.

No one that knew him will ever forget him.

His immense musical talents in both piano and singing have been spread to his children and grandchildren, continuing to draw people to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.

Joe Cortese did everything with all of his heart, or he didn’t do it at all.  He believed on the Lord with all his heart.  He loved Aimee with all his heart.  He loved his children with all his heart.  He loved music with all his heart.  He loved food with all his heart.  He even sold Volkswagens with all of his heart!  He told the truth with all of his heart.  If he was happy, you knew it, if he was sad, you knew that, too.

Joe Cortese will be remembered as someone who thought, spoke, and lived hiding nothing.

He leaves behind his loving wife, Aimee, his four children, ten grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and a fourth on the way.

His memorial service will be held Thursday, June 26th at 7:30pm at:
Crossroads Tabernacle
1320 Castle Hill Ave, Bronx, NY 10462
(718) 904-0202

Author: rcarbaugh - Categories: Announcements

IMG_7097 - Version 2Where Do You Live?

We know that our body is a temple of the Holy Spirit. We also know that we can dwell in the shelter of the Almighty. Jesus said, “My house shall be a house of prayer.” Listen as Dámaris combines these thoughts and offers a unique insight into where God invites us to live.

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Listen to other messages online HERE!

Author: rcarbaugh - Categories: Announcements,Listen for Life
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