Babbie Mason is coming to the MVNU Women’s Auxiliary Spring Conference!

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The MVNU Women’s Auxiliary Conference is this weekend, March 17-18. Babbie Mason is the featured speaker. The event will take place in the MVNU Chapel Auditorium. Go to for details on tickets.

Friday’s session starts at 7pm. Saturday’s session starts at 9am.

Jenna Potts of The Morning Thing had a chance to chat with Babbie about her passion and theme for this weekend’s conference. Click HERE to hear their conversation.


  • Friday:
    • Registration 5-7 p.m.
    • Session 7-9 p.m.
  • Saturday
    • Registration 8-9 a.m.
    • Session 9-noon

Cost: $40 for both days or $20 for one.

Speaker: Babbie Mason

Babbie Mason is an award-winning singer, songwriter, teacher and TV talk show host. Her ministry and career have blessed countless thousands for almost three decades, taking her across the globe where she has encouraged the hearts of young and old alike in churches, conferences and corporate conventions. She teaches women that they matter to God and that they can overcome any obstacle they may face. Women all over America and abroad have encountered Jesus in an atmosphere of acceptance, forgiveness and love.

Babbie Mason’s heart-felt lyrics and singable melodies have been translated in over twenty languages. She is the recipient of two Dove Awards, and many other award nominations. In 2010 Babbie was recognized for her contributions in Gospel music by being inducted into The Christian Music Hall of Fame. Although Babbie Mason is known all over the world for her contributions of encouraging words and beautiful music, she remains humble, recognizing her blessings come from above. When you meet her, you’ll meet a friend with a love for God and people.

Music: John Stone

John Stone is a seasoned worship leader that believes worship is a lifestyle. John’s mission and purpose can be summed up in this short statement: “delighting God should be our number one priority in all of life. When hearts are right in living out our faith, the manifest presence of God seems to always show up. God delights in the praises of His people!”

He serves full-time as Executive Pastor while still providing weekly worship experiences at Countryside Church of the Nazarene in Lebanon, Ohio. Conferences and various events have become a regular thing for him through the years and he has just released a new recording of original songs that he has been presenting throughout 2015, titled “Everything.”





December MVNU Presidential Update with Dr. Henry Spaulding


On the first Friday of every month, we talk with Dr. Henry Spaulding about Mount Vernon Nazarene University.
He gives us an update on what is happening on campus.
Click HERE to hear the conversation with Morning Thing co-host Andy Krolik.
Dr. Spaulding gives us an update on his recent re-election, the busy MVNU calendar for December and how the Spaulding family will celebrate Christmas.

Food For The Hungry celebrates 35 years of giving in Knox County!


2016 marks the 35th Anniversary of Food for the Hungry. This is the annual drive to collect food and funds to benefit Interchurch Social Services and The Salvation Army of Knox County. The calendar is full of events and special collections planned to support the annual drive.

Click HERE to read the history of how this drive started in 1982.

(Mount Vernon News article from 1982!)

Click HERE to read more about who we help. You can also find information at this link about our 2016 grant available to non-profit organizations with food initiatives. The deadline for the grant application is Monday, 11/28/16.

Click HERE to see the complete calendar of Food for the Hungry events in 2016.

WNZR is bringing you information about all events and collections connected to Food for the Hungry. The Morning Thing has been featuring conversations with committee members about these exciting events.

Click HERE to hear a conversation with Lisa Mazzari, Food For The Hungry Coordinator and Joy Harris, Executive Director of Interchurch Social Services of Knox County. Marcy Rinehart of The Morning Thing talks with the ladies about the power of this collection and the impact these donations make on the Knox County community.

Marcy also had a chance to talk with Lieutenants Gigi and Brandon Gonzalez-Cottrell of the Mount Vernon Salvation Army about how Food for the Hungry helps their ministry. Click HERE to hear this powerful conversation.

There are SO many organizations and individuals working to collect food and funds to support this outreach.

Psi Iota Xi and Delta Kappa Gamma sororities are working with the elementary students in our county. The incredible ladies from these two organizations have been working hard to encourage that ALL children in Knox County participate in Food for the Hungry.
Elementary schools across the county held collections the week of 11/14 – 11/18. So far, we are seeing GREAT results from those collections! Over 14 pallets of food were picked up from Mount Vernon elementary schools on Monday 11/21! That is amazing!
Click HERE to hear how Food for the Hungry representatives responded to the news of this amazing collection.

So how can YOU get involved?

#1 – Exercise!
Get up early and get some exercise on Thanksgiving morning. Come to the 6th annual Turkey Trot! Click HERE for more details from Scott Burgess from “We Run MV”.
Sign-in starts at 8:00AM on race day at the MVNU Chapel with the race to start at


(2015 Turkey Trot at MVNU)

#2 – Shop in an auction!
The Knox County Career Center is hosting TWO auctions to benefit Food for the Hungry. The online auction features gift certificates from labs at the Career Center. Go to to place your bid. There is a safe and easy form to fill out at the bottom of the website.
Bidding ends at 5pm on Friday, 12/9. The winning bidders will be announced at the Food For The Hungry broadcast at 12:30pm on Saturday, 12/10.

The Knox County Career Center is also hosting a LIVE Auction of amazing gift baskets! This will take place at around 12:45pm during the Food For The Hungry broadcast.
There are 6 baskets ranging in value from $356 to $1277!
Tune in to Time Warner Cable channel 9 or to WMVO 1300AM and 100.9FM on Saturday at 12:30pm and place your bid! You can also place an advanced bid by calling John Feltman at 740-507-5386.

SEE the baskets and complete contents at

You can also SEE the baskets THIS SUNDAY (11/27) at the Mount Vernon Christmas Walk. Stop by Hunter Hall (where Happy Bean is located) and see the baskets on display in the conference room. You can also go ahead and place a silent bid for your favorite basket.

Click HERE to hear Marcy’s conversation with KCCC Student Services Principal, John Feltman about the Career Center’s involvement with Food for the Hungry. We are SO proud of these amazing young people.

(Vacation Basket valued at over $1,300!)

#3 – Get dressed up, go to dinner and support FFTH!
Kenyon College is hosting the 6th annual Snowflake Gala Dinner Auction to benefit Food for the Hungry on Friday, December 2nd in Gund Commons. Enjoy dinner prepared by the talented chefs of AVI Food Systems. This year’s dinner will feature a buffet of locally sourced foods, with both non-vegetarian (beef and pork) and vegetarian options. Reservations accepted NO LATER than THIS FRIDAY, November 25, 2016.

Click HERE to hear Marcy’s conversation with Matt Starr of I-Conn Video Production about the event details, this year’s honorees and how you can donate through the “Fund-a-Cause” live auction.
The evening begins with a reception at 6:00 p.m., followed by dinner at 7:00 p.m.. Individual tickets are priced at $100 per person. To reserve your place, call 740-427-5111. Online registration and payment options are available at, click the Auctions Tab and then Kenyon Gala Dinner and Auction. Proceeds from this annual gala benefit needy families and individuals in our own county. If you or your company would like to sponsor a table ($1,000 for eight people) or support the gala in some other way, please contact Kathryn Brechler Lake at 740-427-5111.

(Kenyon Gala pictures from previous years)

Is that all that is happening? NO!
There are MANY MANY events happening to support Food for the Hungry.
Keep checking back to this blog and listening to The Morning Thing weekdays from
6-9am. We will keep you up to date on how you get you and your family plugged into an event.
Right now you can click HERE to see a full calendar of upcoming events.
Click HERE for information on how you can volunteer!

Join WNZR at the 35th annual Food for the Hungry drive, Saturday, December 10th. We will broadcast from City Hall from 9am to 5pm providing updates on the total and all activities. The Big Blue Crew wants YOUR help in supporting Interchurch Social Services and the Salvation Army.

For more information, log on to

Food For The Hungry – Working together to care for our neighbors.






MVNU supports Food for the Hungry through “Knox Needs”


The campus of Mount Vernon Nazarene University has multiple events this week to support the Knox County Food for the Hungry drive.

Marcy Rinehart of The Morning Thing talked with Katie Sherman, Human Resources Specialist about Knox Needs. Click HERE to hear about how the students, faculty and staff are getting involved to support families in our community.

MVNU is hosting Knox Needs to support Food for the Hungry!
Food insecurity is the unfortunate reality that at least some household members are uncertain of having, or unable to acquire, enough food due to insufficient resources. Knox County is one county in which food insecurity is on the rise.

Knox Needs is MVNU’s partnership with Food for the Hungry to provide meals and stable housing for our brothers and sisters in Knox County.





So what can YOU do? GET INVOLVED! MVNU is hosting 2 different events this week!





The Morning Thing Fave 5 – 11/11/16

The Morning Thing Fave 5 for the week of 11/14/16

For our Fave 5 this week, Marcy shares 5 of her favorite memories from her time at MVNU.

I came to MVNC in September of 1987. (It was a college at the time). I was a Communication Major studying broadcasting. Who knew that 25 years later, I would be sitting in the same studio using my training to minister to families every day.  Who knew that I would be helping train future broadcasters at this special place called WNZR. It is very difficult to narrow down my “favorite” memories of those 4 years in school. I will try to pull out some fun moments to share with you.

1. Opening Weekend for Freshman Year. I will never forget how nervous I was to be a new freshman at MVNC. For opening weekend, they had the annual Luau in the grove on campus. We all dressed in Hawaiian shirts with our “big hair” and pegged jeans. 🙂 I remember this event because several upper classmen came up and said hello to my group of friends. We had a blast and met SO many new friends. It was exciting to see that our 2016 Student Government Association brought this event back to Welcome Week.

2. My first trip to the Gospel Music Association Convention happened my Sophomore year. I was able to travel with other WNZR DJs to Nashville, TN to attend the Christian Music Broadcaster’s Convention. This experience was INCREDIBLE! I met numerous artists and radio professionals from all over the world. I can look back on that trip as a definite turning point in my life. God was leading me to see the path He had for my future in radio. It is also exciting that now as WNZR’s Station Manager, I have the opportunity to take students to this same conference to find God’s leading upon their lives.

3. DC Talk concert my Junior year. I will never forget seeing this groundbreaking new style of Christian music. Toby, Kevin and Michael performed on stage in the MVNC gym – now called the “old/Intramural” gym. I can still sing every word of Heavenbound, their first big radio hit.

4. One of the greatest memories happened my Senior year. I served as Concert Chairperson for the Student Government Association. It was my job to coordinate the concerts for the campus. We worked for months to bring Mylon and Brokenheart to campus. This was HUGE for our students and the community. I remember getting the rider (the requests and requirements to host the band) and feeling completely overwhelmed. It was over 30 pages!!! The workload was incredible, but the concert was amazing. The greatest memory though was when one of my best friends came up to me after the show and told me that she had recommitted her life to Christ that night. This show definitely changed a lot of lives.

5. Graduation has to be one of my favorite memories. The feeling of accomplishment of finishing your degree is incredible, but experiencing this moment with your best friends is even better. I remember the laughter and the tears as we said goodbye to our beloved Mount Vernon Nazarene College. I also remember that exhilarating feeling of hearing my name being called to the stage to receive my diploma – Marcella Elaine Street!

I am proud to be a member of the MVNU Class of 1991! 25 years! Wow! God has been faithful to the calling on my life including sustaining me over the past 20 years that I have worked at MVNU as WNZR’s Station Manager. I now look forward to see what God has in store for the future. I am also thrilled that my daughter Rachel is now a student here at MVNU, finding God’s path to her future.

MVNU invites YOU to Homecoming 2016!

This is an exciting weekend on the campus of Mount Vernon Nazarene University. You and your family are invited to participate in our annual Homecoming.

Concerts, 5K Run/Walk and Cycling Event, Basketball Games and the Play “Don’t Take My Penny”. It is a weekend of family FUN.

Click HERE to see the complete schedule of events.

Travis Keller, the MVNU Director of Alumni Relations, talked with The Morning Thing today about this year’s Homecoming. Click HERE to listen to our conversation.

We hope to see you this weekend at MVNU! GO COUGARS!


Don’t miss “Don’t Take My Penny” at MVNU


Want to see an amazing and hilarious play this weekend?
Come to Mount Vernon Nazarene University to see “Don’t Take My Penny”.

The famed author of “Stars in Her Hair” is coming to town to find the perfect star for the movie version of his book! And in the Pringle house, a sixteen-year-old girl with stars in her eyes, a jealous boyfriend, a former child star who is looking to be rediscovered, and a hard-working radio actress all have eyes on Hollywood. Hilarity ensues in this classic 1940s comedy by Anne Coulter Martens.

Shows are Friday 11/4, Saturday 11/5, Friday 11/11 and Saturday 11/12 at 7pm each night in Thorne Performance Hall on the MVNU campus.
Tickets are $10.00 for adults, $8.00 for 18 and under and veterans.
Click HERE to order tickets.

The Morning Thing featured a few of the cast members and the student director, Serra Barrett. Click HERE to hear these actors talk about their experience in the play.