The Morning Thing wraps up Travel Week with our Friday Favorites and more stories from MVNU students

The Morning Thing focused on travel this week.

For our Friday Favorites this week, we shared our favorite travel destinations.


Hunter loves the Grand Teton National Park. Click HERE to hear Hunter.
Click HERE to find out more about this amazing place.


Marcy loves Guadalajara, Mexico. Click HERE to hear Marcy.
Click HERE to find out more about this amazing city.


Rachel loves Orlando. Click HERE to hear Rachel.
Click HERE to find out more about this amazing city.

We talked with two more MVNU students about their travels and mission trips.

Todd McKinley

Todd McKinley shared his memories from trips to Paraguay and Haiti.
Click HERE to hear his stories and some encouragement to anyone that is considering taking a mission trip.


Shelby Erlandson shared her memories from trips to Costa Rica, Texas and Belize.
Click HERE to hear her stories and what she learned on the trips.

Travel Week: from San Diego to South Korea!

Today on the show, Hunter and Rachel had the chance to talk with two MVNU students who have traveled on mission trips this summer.

Olivia Potts just got back from a missions trip to San Diego, California. Rachel had the chance to talk with her all about her trip, and some memories she will never forget.

Hear the entire conversation HERE!


Rachel also had the chance to talk with her good friend Laura Beth Fraley, who is in Seoul, South Korea RIGHT NOW! LB talked all of the amazing experiences she has had so far on her missions trip.

Hear the entire conversation HERE!


Don’t miss the rest of Travel Week, on The Morning Thing on 90.9fm WNZR. Tune in tomorrow to hear from Shelby Erlandson and Todd McKinley about their trips overseas!

Travel Week continues on The Morning Thing – Today was all about NYC (Nazarene Youth Conference)!

What is NYC? Nazarene Youth Conference?
Hosted by the Church of the Nazarene, NYC is a powerful youth event that has been held in different locations over the past six decades. Taking place every four years, NYC provides an opportunity for high school students from the USA and Canada to be united in a time of worship, teaching, and community service.

Where and when did NYC 2019 take place? NYC 2019 was held July 10-14, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona, USA.

What was the theme? 
Drawn from Matthew 22:37-40, the theme of NYC 2019 is Love God Love Others. Students will be challenged to focus on the Author of love as we consider how holy lives are formed when love for God and love for others comes together.

Today, The Morning Thing shared memories with 2 attendees to NYC19.

We talked with Kayla Washington, MVNU Sophomore.  She was a volunteer for Nazarene Youth Conference.  Click HERE to hear Kayla share memories and experiences from this amazing event. 
We also talked with David Calvarese from the MVNU Admissions Office. He was part of the Admissions team that traveled to Phoenix, Arizona this past week.  David shares his memories and experiences from this amazing event. He also talks about MVNU’s booth and the ability to interact with thousands of students. Click HERE to hear David’s conversation.
Click HERE for more information about Nazarene Youth Conference.

Travel Week cont. Wesley Boston and Austin Jones

This is Travel Week on The Morning Thing. All week we are going to share stories of trips – to the mission field and beyond.

On Tuesday, we talked with Wesley Boston about his trip to Ecuador and Israel. Wesley traveled to Ecuador when he finished his senior year of high school was a student. Wesley would then travel to Israel as a student at MVNU. Wesley shared stories and memories of the trips with us.  Click HERE to hear his story with WNZR’s Hunter Sutyak.

Also on Tuesday we talked with Austin Jones of the MVNU basketball team about the opportunity that he has in August to travel to Belgium. Austin shares what he will be doing with WNZR’s Hunter Sutyak. If you missed any of his story click HERE.

If you would like to support Austin financially HERE is the link to his go fund me account.

The Morning Thing kicks off Travel Week!

This is Travel Week on The Morning Thing. All week we are going to share stories of trips – to the mission field and beyond.

On Monday, we talked with Hannah DeWalt about her trip to Costa Rica. Hannah  traveled to Costa Rica when she was a student at Mount Vernon Nazarene University. She stayed in San Jose, Costa Rica where she studied at the Spanish Language Institute. Hannah shared stories and memories of the trip with us.  Click HERE to hear her share with WNZR’s Rachel Rinehart.

WNZR’s Joe Rinehart joined us on the show to share travel tips for trips out of the country.  Joe is a missionary kid that has great advice if you are planning a trip outside the USA. Click HERE to hear his conversation with Rachel.

We also shared a prayer request for an upcoming mission trip to Honduras. Members of the Fredericktown United Methodist Church are preparing for a trip in August. WNZR’s Rachel Rinehart talked with Robin McClay, Todd McClay and Heather Brake about their upcoming trip to Honduras. They will be working with Kids Ark International – a big Vacation Bible School for kids. Please keep the group in your prayers as they prepare to leave in August.
Click HERE to hear the conversation.

Photo by Victor Freitas


The Morning Thing Friday Favorites – our favorite Christmas songs (in July? YES!)

This week for our Friday Favorites, we celebrated “Christmas in July”.
In honor of WNZR’s partnership with Knox County Interchurch Social Services, we took time to focus on their annual summer food drive.
For our Friday Favorites, we shared our favorite Christmas songs.
We hope these songs put you into the Christmas spirit and encourage you to make a donation to help the ministry of Interchurch.

Click HERE to see a complete list of collection points on 7/13.

Click HERE to hear Rachel Rinehart talk about her favorite Christmas song, “Little Drummer Boy” by for King & Country.

Click HERE to hear Hunter Sutyak talk about his favorite Christmas song, “How Many Kings” by downHere.

Click HERE to hear Marcy Rinehart talk about her favorite Christmas song, “A Labor of Love” by Jill Phillips and Andrew Peterson.

Christmas in July comes to Knox County on Saturday 7/13

Interchurch Social Services has a big impact in our community.
On Saturday, 7/13, the 36th annual Christmas in July event will be held to benefit the ministry of Interchurch.
WNZR’s Hunter Sutyak talked with Joy Harris, Executive Director of Interchurch Social Services. She shared more details about this outreach, how you can get involved and the needs at their pantries across the county. Click HERE to hear their conversation.

For a complete list of collection points and pantry needs, go to

WNZR supports Knox County Interchurch Social Services at Christmas in July on Saturday 7/13!
Join the Big Blue crew to support this annual food drive to benefit Interchurch Social Services of Knox County.

This is the 36th annual Christmas in July and the goal is $20,000 in combined cash and food. On Saturday, 7/13, 17 collection points will be open and accepting non-perishable food and monetary donations to support all four Interchurch locations – Centerburg, Danville, Fredericktown and Mount Vernon.

Centerburg Service Area, 9:00 am – Noon:
– Centerburg Post Office
– Dollar General
– Hometown Market
– Centerburg Interchurch Office

Danville/East Knox Service Area:
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.: Danville Park

9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.:
– Bladensburg Community Center
– Hometown Market
– Interchurch Office

9:00 a.m. – Noon, Cash Donations Only: First Knox National Bank, Danville and Killbuck Savings Bank, Danville

Accepting donations all month, July 1 – July 31: Family Dollar

Mount Vernon Service Area:

9:00 a.m. – Noon, cash donations only: Mount Vernon Farmer’s Market

9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.:
– Baker’s IGA
– Lanning’s Foods
– Mount Vernon Interchurch
– Walmart

Gambier – Village Market
Fredericktown Service Area, 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.: The Christmas in July village-wide event will take place on Saturday, 7/13 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.. This event is hosted by the Fredericktown Merchants Association. This event will be SO fun for families.

Join the Big Blue Crew for a wide variety of activities:
– Children’s Games
– Baked Good Auction
– First Responder’s equipment exhibit
– Visit with Santa
And more…

For every 5 food items donated or a $10.00 donation, you will receive a ticket for a quilt giveaway donated by Kathy Toms.

WNZR broadcasts live from 4-7 p.m. next to the Fredericktown Interchurch Office – on the corner of College and Main Streets.

Stop by and register to win a special “Shape Up, Clean Up, Dress Up and Soak Up” prize basket featuring:

  • Two punch card gift certificates for 8 Classes at Zumba with Teresa and Lisa (Valued at $40, 16 total classes)
  • An entire house cleaning from Carefree Cleaning Company. Amy Kessler gives you 4 hours of house cleaning (Valued at $100)
  • One $15.00 gift certificate for Premier Designs Jewelry with Amberly Frye
  • A Family 4 Pack of One-Day Passes to the Hiawatha Water Park and Pool (Valued at $32)
  • Plus WNZR goodies including an “On the Road with Big Blue” t-shirt, NIV Bible, coasters, cups, jar openers Frisbees, guitar flyswatter, magnets and more! The prize package is valued at over $220!

For more information about Interchurch, go to 

Knox Addiction Conference

Today on The Morning Thing we got to talk with Emily Morrison who is the program director of the Knox Substance Abuse Action Team (KSAAT). Emily talked about the Knox Addiction Conference.

Emily also told us about her work with Mental Health and Recovery of Knox County.

If you missed any of this talk with Emily click HERE.

Also if you want to visit KSAAT’s website click HERE.

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