Sonfest 2017 – The Ruins

the ruinsToday we featured The Ruins, another group coming to Sonfest 2017. The duo, composed of Debra Black and Victor Gonzalez, share a passion to tell others of God’s love and truth through their musical gifts.

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Lilly Buckley had the chance to talk with the duo about the story behind their name, The Ruins, and the challenges they have faced as a new group. Plus, the two share their craziest memory from tour. Hint: It has to do with a stray dog and an early morning television interview!

You won’t want to miss our full conversation with Debra and Vic, HERE!

 

Sonfest 2017 is this Saturday, September 23rd. The gates open at noon and the first artist will take the stage at 1pm. This is an all-day event which will include outdoor activities, festival food, and giveaways. SonFest is held rain or shine. For the complete schedule and for more information about the festival, click HERE!

Tickets are available for $20 in advance or at the gate for $25. Groups of 10 or more will receive a discounted rate of $15 per ticket. For more information about purchasing tickets, click HERE.

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Sonfest 2017 – Sarah Reeves

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Sonfest 2017 is coming to Mount Vernon Nazarene University THIS weekend! WNZR had the chance to talk with many of the artists performing on Saturday. Today, on the Morning Thing we featured Sarah Reeves.

Jenna Potts had the chance to talk with Sarah Reeves about her passion for Christian music and God’s call on her life. Sarah also talked about what we can expect to hear from her this weekend and things we may not know about her!

Listen to their full conversation and get to know Sarah Reeves, HERE!

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Sonfest 2017 is this Saturday, September 23rd. The gates open at noon and the first artist will take the stage at 1pm. This is an all-day event which will include outdoor activities, festival food, and giveaways. SonFest is held rain or shine. For the complete schedule and for more information about the festival, click HERE!

Tickets are available for $20 in advance or at the gate for $25. Groups of 10 or more will receive a discounted rate of $15 per ticket. For more information about purchasing tickets, click HERE.

 

Meet the Team – Sonfest 2017 at MVNU!

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WNZR’s Meet the Team feature this week shines the spotlight on Sonfest 2017 at Mount Vernon Nazarene University.
The annual event will be held this Saturday, 9/23 from Noon – 10pm.

The Morning Thing crew talked to Bharon Hoag, Director of Artist Recruitment and Publicity for Sonfest.
Click HERE to hear the conversation.
Bharon and Marcy Rinehart talked about the 20th anniversary of this event and shared some history of the early days. They also talked about the goals for this year. The Sonfest team is praying for 3,000 people to gather in the MVNU Grove for an intentional day with God. Will you be 1 of 3,000?

The lineup for Sonfest is incredible! Click HERE to see the complete lineup.

Get your tickets today, click HERE for all the options.
For more information about Sonfest, go to https://sonfest.mvnu.edu/
When you come to Sonfest, make sure to stop by Big Blue. Register to win a Sonfest survival kit including two bag chairs with artist signatures from 2016 and 2017!

The Morning Thing Fave 5 – our favorite theater experiences

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All week long, we have been talking about the upcoming productions from MTVarts.
“How I Became A Pirate” will hit the Memorial Theater stage this weekend: Friday 9/15 at 7:30pm and Saturday 9/16 at 2pm and 7:30pm.
“Lion King Junior” will take the stage next weekend: Friday 9/22 at 7:30pm, Saturday 9/23 at 7:30pm and Sunday 9/24 at 2pm.
Click HERE for ticket information.

In honor of these productions, our Morning Thing crew (plus Joe Rinehart from the Afternoon Drive) shared their favorite theater experiences.

Marcy Rinehart

Daria Swisher

Eddie Dilts

Trevor Moore

Joe Rinehart

(Picture is of Eddie Dilts and Rachel Rinehart in MVNU’s Production of “Don’t Take My Penny”)

Talking to Pirates and More!

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On today’s Morning Thing we got a chance to speak with Nick Zarley, who is playing a fearsome pirate in MTVArts upcoming production of How I Became A Pirate.  If you would like to listen in to our own Lilly Buckley discussion with him, click HERE.  And if you would like more information on How I Became A Pirate, head to mtvarts.com.

We also wanted to share an update from Samaritans Purse as they assist those in Florida and Texas with recent hurricanes.

Harvey Update
• Samaritan’s Purse continues to minister to overwhelmed Texas communities in
Houston, Pearland, Portland, Santa Fe, and Victoria.
• Through our response to Harvey’s devastation, more than 150 people have professed
faith in Jesus Christ.
• To date, more than 2,100 families have requested our assistance.
• We remain committed to helping the many people still reeling from Hurricane Harvey,
even as we plan to respond to Hurricane Irma.
Irma Update
• A Samaritan’s Purse Canada disaster relief unit arrived at a staging point over the
weekend, and has been deployed.
• Samaritan’s Purse sent emergency aid and a Disaster Assistance Response Team to St.
Maarten on Friday. The DC-8 flight transported shelter materials, blankets, and hygiene
kits for more than 2,000 families.
• Samaritan’s Purse was the first aid organization to arrive on the island, much to the
encouragement of the population.
• A second DC-8 is scheduled for a second flight arrived in St. Maarten on Sunday,
September 10, to bring additional aid.

It is National Kids Take Over the Kitchen Day!

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Today, The Morning Thing celebrated kids taking over kitchens all across the country. Today is a day when kids can use their favorite recipes and make a meal for their family!  (Adult supervision and assistance as required for the younger bakers and chefs in the house!)

(from www.nationaldaycalendar.com)

The Young Chefs Academy (YCA) sponsors this special day. The objective of their mission is to empower kids and teens to become more actively involved in the planning, preparation, and cooking of meals.  The YCA is fostering family bonds and actively fighting the battle against the many serious health and social issues related to youth’s eating habits in today’s time.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Let the kids cook for a change of pace. Try one of these kid-friendly recipes to get your children cooking!

Herbed Chicken Nuggets
Yogurt Sundaes

Cooking with your kids is a good way to help them build healthy eating habits.
You can show your kids how to help you prepare meals.
Here are ways that young kids can help in the kitchen, broken down by age.
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What do we do in hard times? Turn to the Bible – The Morning Thing 9/12/17

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Many families in the United States are facing hard times. Hurricanes, fires and other disasters are making life very difficult for many people.
So what do we do in hard times? How do we have faith?

We found a list of encouraging bible verses for times of trial.
(from www.biblestudytools.com) Jesus tells us that we will have troubles in this world, it’s a guarantee. However, He also promises that we have victory through our faith because Jesus Christ has overcome the world. If you are facing hard and uncertain times, you can be encouraged to press on knowing that you are an overcomer! Use the below Bible verses about having faith in hard times to lift your spirits and to share with others questioning God’s goodness.

Click HERE to see the list.

How do we encourage kids in their faith journey? Especially when they face hard times? Or have questions about disasters in our world?
We found some wonderful insight from www.focusonthefamily.com
Faith Grows in Hard Places — Even for Kids, and article by Dan Dupee.
Dan give parents some steps on how to walk your kids through pain.
1. Listen and Remind them of God’s love for them
2. Face trials with a biblical perspective on suffering
3. See suffering as a time of growth and refinement
Click HERE to see the full article.

So how do we know if the bible is true? How do we answer tough questions about faith when we are in the midst of trials?
Robert Velarde wrote an insightful article for Focus on the Family.  He digs into these areas for discussion: Truth and the Bible, Knowledge and the Bible, Evidence for the Bible and Jesus and the Bible. Click HERE for the full article.

Focus on the Family also has an online series called Is the Bible Reliable?