Sonfest 2017 – Plumb

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This morning we talked with Plumb, headlining artist of Sonfest 2017. Plumb talked about her start into Christian music and how God has continuously opened doors for her career. She also talked about some of her favorite people to work with when writing and making music. Listen in to hear the story behind Plumb’s powerful song, “God Help Me”.  Plumb also talks about the power of Christian music and radio and how it feels to have her music provide an encouraging message to the listener. Plus, Marcy Rinehart plays Rapid Fire with Plumb. Listen to get to know Plumb.

Listen to our full conversation with Plumb, HERE!

Sonfest 2017 is TOMORROW! Join us 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!

Here’s the lineup:
1:10pm – Bonray (Main Stage)
1:50pm – Ex-Nihilo (2nd Stage)
2:30pm – Sarah Reeves (Main Stage)
3:10pm – Safekept (2nd Stage)
3:50pm – Jonny Diaz (Main Stage)
4:30pm – The Lasting Hope (2nd Stage)
5:10pm – JJ Weeks Band (Main Stage)
5:50pm – Damac (2nd Stage)
6:30pm – Anthem Lights (Main Stage)
7:10pm – The Ruins (2nd Stage)
7:50pm – Plumb (Main Stage)

Other activities include:
– Inflatables
– Super Games
– 9 Square in the air
– Two 30 minute BMX Bike Shows (at 2:30pm and 4pm)
– 2 vs. 2 Cornhole Tournament (registration from 12-2pm, tournament starts at 2:30pm)
– 4 vs. 4 Sand Volleyball Tournament
– Gaga Ball
– Plus FOOD – pizza, Mexican burritos and bowls, gyros, ice cream, coffee and smoothies and Pepsi!

When you come to Sonfest, make sure to stop by WNZR’s Big Blue and register to win a Sonfest survival kit including a bag chair with artist signatures from 2016 and 2017!

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.

To hear from other Sonfest artists, click HERE!

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The Morning Thing Fave 5 – Why we LOVE Sonfest!

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For this week’s Morning Thing Fave 5, we share our favorite things about Sonfest.
We are excited about this year’s event. Sonfest will be held in the Grove at Mount Vernon Nazarene University on Saturday, 9/23. Gates open at Noon, music starts at 1pm.

Here’s the lineup:
1:10pm – Bonray (Main Stage)
1:50pm – Ex-Nihilo (2nd Stage)
2:30pm – Sarah Reeves (Main Stage)
3:10pm – Safekept (2nd Stage)
3:50pm – Jonny Diaz (Main Stage)
4:30pm – The Lasting Hope (2nd Stage)
5:10pm – JJ Weeks Band (Main Stage)
5:50pm – Damac (2nd Stage)
6:30pm – Anthem Lights (Main Stage)
7:10pm – The Ruins (2nd Stage)
7:50pm – Plumb (Main Stage)

Other activities include:
– Inflatables
– Super Games
– 9 Square in the air
– Two 30 minute BMX Bike Shows (at 2:30pm and 4pm)
– 2 vs. 2 Cornhole Tournament (registration from 12-2pm, tournament starts at 2:30pm)
– 4 vs. 4 Sand Volleyball Tournament
– Gaga Ball
– Plus FOOD – pizza, Mexican burritos and bowls, gyros, ice cream, coffee and smoothies and Pepsi!

When you come to Sonfest, make sure to stop by WNZR’s Big Blue and register to win a Sonfest survival kit including a bag chair with artist signatures from 2016 and 2017!

Go to https://sonfest.mvnu.edu/ for the complete schedule a list of activities.

The Morning Thing co-hosts shared what they LOVE about Sonfest:
Daria Swisher

Eddie Dilts

Trevor Moore

Marcy Rinehart

(and special guest) Joe Rinehart shares his favorite memory from Sonfest at MVNU.

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”)

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?

 

Meet the Team – NAMI/Knox County Suicide Prevention Coalition

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For WNZR’s Meet the Team feature this week, we shine the spotlight on the Knox County Suicide Prevention Coalition. This group is partnering with NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) to bring awareness to our community during National Suicide Prevention Week.

Did you know?
– Every 12.3 minutes, an American dies by suicide.
– Nearly 43,000 Americans die by suicide every year.
– In the U.S., death by suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for 15-24 year olds. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death for people of all ages.
– Each person’s death by suicide intimately affects at least 6 other people, with over 250,000 newly bereaved each year.
– From 1995 – 2016, 121 Knox Countians have died by suicide and several thousand friends and family members lives were changed forever by losing those they loved.
– 90% of those who die by suicide had a diagnosable psychiatric disorder at the time of their death. Many of those individuals who died never received effective behavioral health services because of the stigma surrounding such disorders and the risk of suicidality that further traumatizes survivors of suicide.

The Suicide Prevention Coalition of Knox County is comprised of representatives of behavioral health organizations, state agencies, healthcare agencies and hospitals, law enforcement, first responders, related nonprofit service organizations, survivors and other interested citizens. This group is dedicated to reducing the frequency of suicide attempts, threats and deaths, and the pain for those affected by suicide deaths. They create educational programs, intervention services, community resources and bereavement services.

They are also hosting a 5K Walk/Run this Saturday, 9/16. Click HERE for more information on how to participate.

WNZR’s Jenna Potts talked with several team members. Click HERE to hear her conversation with Dodie Melvin, Executive Director of NAMI; David McElroy, Detective with the Mount Vernon Police Department and Kathy Wantland, 5K Walk/Run Coordinator.