June MVNU Presidential Update with Dr. Henry Spaulding


The Morning Thing featured a conversation with Dr. Henry Spaulding today.
For our June MVNU Presidential Update, Dr. Spaulding discussed campus improvement projects, upcoming events for June, MVNU’s new Speech Therapy Clinic and the Spaulding’s busy travel schedule.

Click HERE to listen to June’s update on what is happening at Mount Vernon Nazarene University.

May MVNU Presidential Update with Dr. Henry Spaulding

Rachel Rinehart of The Morning Thing team talked with MVNU President, Dr. Henry Spaulding. They talked about graduation, the summer event calendar for MVNU, upcoming construction projects and the busy travel schedule for the Spauldings.

The Morning Thing celebrates Senior Jenna Potts!


The Morning Thing Fave 5 is special today. We have been celebrating Seniors Week all this week. We have been celebrating our 10 staff members that are graduating from Mount Vernon Nazarene University.

We decided to do something special for our Fave 5 this week. We asked Morning Thing co-host, Jenna Potts to share her 5 favorite memories at WNZR.
Enjoy this trip down memory lane with memories from each of her 4 years here at Mount Vernon Nazarene University.

Click HERE to hear Jenna’s memory.

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

babbie mason

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 www.mvnu.edu/womensaux 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 www.knoxcountycareercenter.yolasite.com 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 www.knoxcountycareercenterbaskets.yolasite.com

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 www.foodforthehungrycares.org, 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 www.FoodForTheHungryCares.org.

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!