Our Family

Our Family

The last Sunday of 2014 found us in The Community Church of Jesus Christ for a very important day.  Our first and only granddaughter was being dedicated to the Lord by her other grandfather, Rev. Das Misir.  It was a sweet day of fellowship with Hanna’s church family in the Bronx, just a few miles from our home.  Incidentally, the church is near Little Italy in the Bronx, and the cannoli cake was fabulous!

Dedicating a child to the Lord is no guarantee of a perfect life, of course, but it is an opportunity for the family to recognize and publicly declare a commitment to raising the child in the “nurture and admonition of the Lord,” Eph. 6:4.  As happy grandparents, we will be doing as much as we can to help little Mary know that Jesus loves her and has a beautiful plan for her life.

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Author: rcarbaugh - Categories: Announcements,Just Thinking...

My Voice, Again


IMG_4771 - Version 2Dear Friends:

Many of you have been so kind in lifting me up in prayer due to my voice struggles.  Thank you.  After the steroid treatment and some vocal rest there really hasn’t been much improvement, and I’m about where I have been for the last few years.  Can I still sing?  Yes… but with difficulty.

To top it off, this past weekend I got a bad cold and nearly lost my voice completely!  The sweet ladies at The Church of the Open Door in Elyria, Ohio, were so gracious as they listened to me mostly speak, because I was only able to sing two songs for their brunch.  Thankfully, the worst of that is over and this past Sunday I found myself able to sing along with my church family.  Praise the Lord.

What I must make a priority in 2015 (just around the corner) is to find either a good speech pathologist or a vocal coach.  Would you pray that the Lord will direct me to the right person?

In no way do my problems even come close to what Job suffered.  However, if Job could say after such tremendous loss and tragedy, “…the Lord gave and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord,” I, too, want to choose to bless the name of the Lord even if my voice never comes back to the way it used to be.

Paul says in Philippians 1:20 “I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death.”  That is truly my desire also.

Because He loves us,
Dámaris Carbaugh

Author: dcarbaugh - Categories: Announcements,Just Thinking...

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
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