How was your Labor Day weekend? Hopefully you were able to enjoy the unofficial "last hurrah" of summer by spending some time relaxing with family, friends or just in the presence of the Lord.

Have you made plans to go to the Myrtle Beach Gaither Fest this year? Happening October 19th & 20th, it promises to be a blast, with the GVB and a huge list of Homecoming artists ready to celebrate! Plus a free gift if you subscribe or renew at the HC table, but more about that in a future newsletter...

Speaking of scoring free stuff, we'd like to congratulate Cindy Woolard, who won a copy of the Oak Ridge Boys' latest gospel album, Back Home Again. Cindy and others correctly identified Little Jimmy Dickens as the person who strode onto the Grand Ole Opry stage in July 2011 dressed as William Lee Golden, declaring that he had always wanted to be "a little bitty Oak Ridge Boy." (You can read about that funny occasion here.)

A thought from the Word...

Matthew 11:28-30

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.

When she's not on the road with the Hoppers, Kim Hopper is a self-described homebody. Of course, she loves Southern Gospel music, but she recently shared with us some of the other things in life that bring a smile to her face. We think you'll enjoy getting to know Kim a little better by reading "What Makes Kim Hopper tick?" You can also find out all about the Hoppers' new album, Count Me In, in the Sept/Oct. issue of Homecoming. 
Do you recognize the guy to the left? That would be the adventurous Jason Crabb jumping off that cliff! He stars in one of this week's SocialCam picks, along with videos by Sonya Isaacs Yeary (with her adorable son Ayden), the Martins and Jeff Easter. You can watch all the fun here, and feel free to leave a comment telling us which video you enjoyed most!
Michael Booth of the Booth Brothers is known for his smooth tenor vocals, great sense of humor and youthful good looks. But Homecoming recently caught up with Michael and found out a few things that you might not know about him. Read all about it in our new article, "Five Questions for Michael Booth." Plus you can see a fantastic preview video of the Booth Brothers' new CD/DVD set, The Best of the Booth Brothers.

Guy Penrod was recently invited to be a musical guest on the popular down-home variety show, "Larry's Country Diner." The episode will air in mid-September and will feature Guy (pictured at left with the program's host, Larry Black) performing some favorite tunes from his latest albums. Don't miss it! For more information, just click here.