Written by Sarah Dimond
Saturday, 15 February 2014
"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me," (Philippians 4:13, NKJV)
It is appropriate the Philippian scripture above came from Paul, who met Jesus on the road. I think a lot of us did a lot of praying on the road the day of the latest epic snow storm, and also found strength and courage to cope with the circumstances in which we found ourselves. Good Samaritans were out in full force, for which I am grateful, as I would not have made it home without their help. Many of you also had “God moments” that day; some in a position to give shelter or sustenance, and others in need of help. It really is a miracle injuries and property damage were minimal.
Paul was not looking for Jesus on his trip to Damascus, but Jesus was looking for him. At that time Paul was known as Saul, a zealous enemy of the early Christians. He was on a crusade to wipe out the emerging church called “The Way.” Saul was a well-educated Pharisee who could debate the religious issues of the day. He had been raised in Tarsus so knew the Greek language, customs, and culture. He was also a skilled tent maker, so could support himself in trade. God saw all of Saul’s attributes and how they could be redirected to His purpose. When Jesus appeared to Saul, he realized Jesus had been the true Messiah. He was full of fear, regret, and remorse over his persecutions of Jesus’ followers. Through grace, Saul was redeemed; with his conversion, he became Paul - the devoted apostle of Jesus Christ.
Many people spend their lives searching for purpose, a reason for being. Paul had both purpose and direction, but God re-purposed his life. The scriptures are rife with what appear to be opposing terms to clarify our understanding of what is important. Jesus taught that the meek would inherit the earth, mourners would receive comfort, and those who are poor in spirit would gain the kingdom of heaven. Today’s axioms encourage us to turn failure into success, liabilities into assets, and lemons into lemonade. The story of Paul’s radical transformation shows us what is possible with God’s intervention.
Like Paul, we all have gifts and talents. Collectively we use our gift of music each week in the worship and celebration of our redeemer, Jesus Christ. We also use our gift of compassion to care for one another. In times of crisis we look for God, and are more apt to see Him. Day to day we try to use our gifts as God intended. As I look ahead to the future, and hopefully one day retirement, I have tried to see how I can re-purpose my life. I pray God will reveal his purpose to me and to each of you.
Yours in Christ,
Written by Dwayne Wright
Saturday, 15 February 2014
Well, there's gonna be trouble in River City. Yes, that's right, Acting UP! is going to be producing The Music Man...so get those 76 trombones ready and come audition on Sunday afternoon, Feb 23 in the Fellowship Hall. Kids (4th graders through rising 8th graders) will audition at 2PM, and rising 9th graders through adults at 3PM. Auditions will consist of vocal solos, cold reading from the script, and movement and dance auditions. Please don't be scared of any of these aspects...we try to make the auditions fun for everyone. Please email me at
if you have any questions and if you are either thinking about or definitely auditioning. I'd just kind of like to know how many we will have there. Also, if you absolutely cannot be there on the 23rd, please let me know so we can see if there are other arrangements that can be made. It is obviously best if you can be there for the "big" auditions, but sometimes life happens.
The performances will be August 8 and 9, and rehearsals will start sometime in May and will be mainly on Sunday afternoons, Thursday evenings, and some Saturdays.
Whether you plan to audition or not, we can certainly use your skills and talents in lots of other ways:
Rehearsal Photographer (3-4 times + 3 times during dress rehearsal weeks)
House Decorator (parking signage, head shots placement, theme)
Parking/Directional/Door Usher (outside)
Usher (ticket collection, program distribution, people direction)
Ticket Sales Table
Video camera operator (for auditions, some rehearsals, and performance)
Costume (dedicated helper)
Mic hand (mic packs, sound issues-will also help will as light stage hand)
Handyman (on call to do whatever during rehearsals)
Orchestra Assistant (page turner, runner)-last 2 weeks; pianist assistant if needed
Costume Organization/Compiling List
Large Set Construction
Large Set General Painting
Large Set Detail Painting
Small Set/Prop Construction
Small Set/Prop General Painting
Small Set/Prop Detail Painting
Prop Organization/Collection/Shopper (small hand props)
Stage Prep (Large Construction-grid, panels, etc.)
Stage Prep (clean-up, prep, painting, glow-tape etc)
Signage Design (flyers and other production specific signs)
Signage Design (permanent signs-parking, etc.-Acting Up)
Signage Placement (advertising posters/signs) around town
Rolling Cart prep (put together 2 more, organization of small items)
Stage Prep prior to each rehearsal (set/prop placement)
Stage Clean-Up after each rehearsal (props away and all ok for church activities)
Music prep prior to each rehearsal (uncover piano, placement, mic turn on)
Make-up collection/organization (disposable items, make-up)
Food Coordinator (on full rehearsal days [Saturdays, etc.} will pick out menu and organize)
Ticket Sales (Sunday mornings-time slots available)
Ticket Sales (Sunday mornings-coordinator)
Fundraising/Corporate Sponsors Collection
If you can help in one or more of these ways, please contact me or Cathy Denner.
We're looking forward to great things with this show.
Written by Dwayne Wright
Monday, 09 September 2013
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