Category Archives: Faith events

Woman of Faith back with larger tour

Women of Faith, the nation’s largest live event for women, will unveil its most transformational tour yet: “Celebrate What Matters.”

The cross-country tour will highlight some never-before-seen elements including a live worship band, a new state-of-the art stage and live ballet, among others.

This revitalized experience features a 4-month, 23-city North American tour launching on Aug. 3 in Columbus with a diverse line up of 27 well-known speakers, authors, musicians and performers spread throughout.

To find a city hosting “Celebrate What Matters 2012” or for more information about the event, go to www.WomenofFaith.com/events.

THE CHOIR TO CLOSE CORNERSTONE – The Choir is set to play the final day of the Cornerstone Festival on July 7 at Bushnell Campground outside of Chicago, Ill. The Cornerstone Festival began in 1984, and The Choir had the honor to play at that very first festival to a crowd of 5,000.

“Cornerstone Festival is honored to be sharing our final event with a wonderful band like The Choir,” shares Cornerstone Festival Director, Scott Stahnke. “From our first event in 1984 to our last event in 2012, it has been a joy to have them bring their remarkable music to the Cornerstone stage year after year.”

Derri Daugherty, Steve Hindalong, Dan Michaels and Tim Chandler, otherwise known as The Choir, look back over their three decades together as a band and remember how much the Cornerstone Festival has impacted them. Michaels says, “The Choir was the first band to play on the first day of the very first Cornerstone. It is so meaningful to us that we were invited to play the last one.”

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Former Air Force band director takes over at Malone

The Malone University College of Theology, Arts, and Sciences – Department of Music has named Steven Grimo, D.M.A., associate professor of music, coordinator of instrumental studies, and director of Symphonic Band and The Pioneer Spirit Marching Band.

Grimo is a native of Bristol, RI. He most recently served as the director, Music Ministries Department at the Nazarene Bible College in Colorado Springs, Colo. He is active in Prison Fellowship as a certified volunteer counselor and Bible studies instructor for the Colorado Department of Corrections.

He began his career in music as a percussionist, attending the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston where he earned a B.M.E. in music education and a B.A. in percussion performance. Upon graduation, Steve began his teaching career as an elementary and junior high school music director for the Newton, Mass. public schools and the Auburn, Mass. public schools.

Grimo later became director of instrumental music at Wachusett Regional High School in Holden, Mass., where he received the National Band Association’s Citation of Excellence and the Stanbury Award from the American School Band Directors Association. His success in commissioning new works and receiving outstanding performance ratings garnered invitations as a guest conductor and clinician throughout New England. During those years, his early commission projects included William Kraft, Vaclav Nelhybel, Daniel Pinkham, and Elliot Del Borgo.

During his tenure teaching in Massachusetts, Grimo received his masters of music degree in wind ensemble conducting from the New England Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Frank Battisti. He founded the “East Bay Association for the Arts” in Bristol, RI, where his grant writing and fundraising tenacity established an organization whose heritage recently celebrated their 30th anniversary season.

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Daily Audio Bible announces new Arabic format

Revolutionary Scripture podcast Daily Audio Bible is one of the most-listened-to podcasts in the world, with over 1.5 million listens monthly and nearly 52 million downloads. Created in 2005, Daily Audio Bible is one of the world wide web’s biggest success stories, and is now available in over 5 languages, including the newly launched Arabic format.

In February, Daily Audio Bible’s creator and daily voice, Brian Hardin, made his first trip to Israel with a group of Daily Audio Bible listeners. While in the Holy Land, the group visited Bethlehem, which is located in the Palestinian controlled region of the country.

“The massive security wall that connects the checkpoints is covered in anti-Semitic graffiti, and I noticed that in the midst of the hatred, someone had painted ‘Love Wins’ in English,” recalls Hardin. “We stopped the bus and started to ask the locals if there was someone who would be able to paint for us. No one would agree to do so, out of fear of arrest, so we bought some cans of spray paint and attempted to paint the Daily Audio Bible logo on the wall. We unexpectedly drew a crowd, with the Palestinians wondering what ‘the Americans’ were protesting.”

Before long, Hardin was in a lengthy conversation with a young Muslim student from Abu Dhabi. He had Christian friends, and engaged in a respectful discussion, eventually agreeing to write “DailyAudioBible.com” in Arabic on the wall.

“When I asked him if he feared arrest, he told me I had no idea what it meant to him to be able to do this for us and to write on the wall,” says Hardin. “It hit me how many people would see this and what it meant for a Christian and a Muslim to leave this mark here together. It was like the Daily Audio Bible community was leaving a sign of hope in a hopeless situation.”

Malone to hold benefit recital

The Malone University College of Theology, Arts, and Sciences – Department of Music will present a benefit recital – From Our Hearts to Yours – May 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the Stewart Room of the Randall Campus Center.

There is no admission fee, but a free-will offering will be taken at the end of the program. Proceeds will benefit local young artists preparing to study classical music performance and the Italian language in Siena, Italy, through the Sessione Senese per Musica at L’Arte summer festival.

The recital will be all sacred music comprised of solo and choral pieces. Composers include: Bach, Mendelssohn, Gounod, Mozart, Caccini, Schubert, Fauré, and Verdi.

STANDING TALL – Columbus-area pastor Cory P. Pariseau and Jim Mullet have combined forces on “Standing at the Crossroads – A Mentors Inspiration,” which deals with foster care, adoption, child abuse, mentoring, child protective services and the church.

You can order the book on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Crossword Christian Bookstores and Xulonpress.com.

You can also connect with the authors on the book’s Facebook page.

GRAD MEETINGS PLANNED – Malone University will present information meetings for each of its six graduate programs on June 21, at 6 pm in the Fred F. Silk Auditorium of Mitchell Hall on the campus located at 2600 Cleveland Avenue N.W. in Canton.

Light refreshments and registration begin at 5:45 p.m.

Prospective students may visit with the program directors and graduate admissions personnel regarding pursuing a master’s degree in education, counselor education, theological studies, business administration, nursing, and the master of arts in organizational leadership which can be completed in 16 months.

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New albums focus on history of country gospel music

New Haven Records, in partnership with The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, recently released two landmark anthologies featuring seven decades of legendary artists and heart-warming Country Gospel performances. The individually packaged CDs, Country’s Greatest Gospel Songs of the Century: Gold Edition and Country’s Greatest Gospel Songs of the Century: Platinum Edition, represent many of the genre’s most popular inspirational performances, chosen by Country Music radio, retail and music history professionals.

In addition to digitally re-mastered tracks of the original performances, the CDs include extensive liner notes and photos from Country Music Hall of Fame historians chronicling the history of Country Music and detailing each song and artist.

“We are honored to be a partner in preserving and celebrating these performances for today’s — and tomorrow’s — fans,” says Ken Harding, president of New Haven Records.

New Haven Records previously partnered with the Hall of Fame on three projects — Country’s 20 Classic Gospel Songs of the Century, Country’s 20 Classic Songs of the Century, and Sunday in the Country — which have sold more than 200,000 units collectively, Harding says, noting that Country’s 20 Classic Gospel Songs of the Century was the No. 1 selling CD sold during 2011 at the Hall of Fame’s Nashville location.

A number of new projects are currently in development between New Haven and the Hall of Fame.

Each edition of Country’s Greatest Gospel Songs of the Century sells for $8.99, with a portion of the royalties benefiting the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

GOLD EDITION:
1. “Go Rest High On That Mountain” – Vince Gill
2. “Farther Along” – Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt & Dolly Parton
3. “Precious Memories” – Tammy Wynette
4. “Amazing Grace” – The Statler Brothers
5. “Precious Lord, Take My Hand/Jesus Hold My Hand” (Medley) – Merle Haggard
6. “Were You There (When They Crucified My Lord)” – Johnny Cash
7. “Wings of A Dove” – Ferlin Husky
8. “In the Garden” – Jim Reeves
9. “Peace In the Valley” – Red Foley
10. “Can the Circle Be Unbroken” – The Carter Family

PLATINUM EDITION:
1. “I Know Who Holds Tomorrow” – Suzanne Cox, Alison Krauss, and The Cox Family
2. “Children Go (Where I Send Thee)” – Ricky Skaggs
3. “Uncloudy Day” – Willie Nelson
4. “Coat of Many Colors” – Dolly Parton
5. “How Great Thou Art” – Connie Smith
6. “Crying In the Chapel” – Elvis Presley
7. “Life’s Railway To Heaven” – Patsy Cline
8. “The Old Rugged Cross” – Tennessee Ernie Ford
9. “Angel Band” – Stanley Brothers
10. “I Saw the Light” – Hank Williams

John Schlitt CD release party for The Greater Cause set for Saturday

The public is invited to join John Schlitt for the CD release party of The Greater Cause on Saturday in Indianapolis. The event, at the Wingate by Wyndham at 5797 Rockville Road, is being held in conjunction with the Pethead Convention 3: Indy (PC3 Indy), a gathering of Petra fans. The Gospel Music Hall of Famer formerly was lead singer of Petra during the years when the band won 10 Dove Awards and four Grammy Awards.

Fans will have the opportunity to celebrate and interact with Schlitt during a listening party event beginning at 1 p.m. Those in attendance will get a preview of The Greater Cause and Schlitt will share his insights about the songs on the project. A Q&A time will also be held with Schlitt and members of GHF (which stands for God Has Forgiven) — John DeGroff, Bill Glover, Greg Hough — three of the four original Petra members. Schlitt will be in concert at 9 p.m., performing selections from The Greater Cause and Petra hits.

Tickets are $20 in advance, $30 at the door and are available by calling 317-445-6115 or at iTickets.com.

The Greater Cause, Schlitt’s first full-length CD since his critically-acclaimed 2008 release, The Grafting, officially will be released Tuesday. The Greater Cause CDs will be available for advance purchase at the release party.

The Pethead Convention, hosted by the Classic Christian Rock Preservation Society, is a regular gathering for Petra fans to swap stories and display items they have collected throughout the past 40 years since the band has been in existence. In addition to Schlitt’s performance, the convention will feature music from GHF and singer/songwriter Sam Scales.

Malone cheerleaders win national title for third straight year

Members of the Malone University Pioneer Cheerleading squad are – for the third consecutive year – National Champions!

The Pioneer squad traveled to Columbus for the 2012 Arnold Classic Cheerleading Competition, hosted by US Spirit. A variety of schools — including all star squads, community teams, and colleges from all over the world — competed on the national stage. The Malone Pioneer squad earned the title of National Champions in the category small-medium all-female college squad. The previous two championship finishes were through the Christian Cheerleader Association.

Other co-ed colleges that competed were Youngstown State, Urbana, and Mountain State Universities. The cheerleaders brought home the trophy and banner which will be displayed in the University’s trophy case located in Osborne Hall.

Cheerleaders 2012

The 2012 Pioneer competition team includes:

Amanda Zima, a freshman nursing major from Hookstown, Penn.
Alyssa Coverdale, a freshman nursing major from Brooklyn
Ashley Song, a senior business administration major from Aurora. Ashley is also competing in the World Cheerleading Championships in Orlando, Florida, this week.
Ashley Hess, a sophomore biology (pre-professional) major from Shelby
Bethany McClintock, a sophomore intervention specialist (education) major from Massillon
Dakota Chastain, a freshman integrated language arts major from Wooster
Elizabeth Hamlin, a junior nursing major from Navarre
Lauren Pahl, a freshman middle childhood education major from Mansfield
Logan Cole, a senior intervention specialist (education) major from Eighty-Four, Penn.
Melissa Campanale, a sophomore business administration major from Uniontown
Rachel Slack, a senior intervention specialist (education) major from Massillon
Shelby Stover, a junior middle childhood education major from Akron
Sasha Ingram, a senior political science major from Canton
Sarah Fredritz, a freshman undecided major from Bluffton
Sarah Levering, a sophomore psychology major from Malvern
Tara Tressel, a junior intervention specialist (education) major from Navarre
Coaches: Kelly Boyd and Heather Duffield

BENEFIT RECITAL PLANNED – The Malone University College of Theology, Arts, and Sciences – Department of Music will present a benefit recital – From Our Hearts to Yours – May 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the Stewart Room of the Randall Campus Center.

There is no admission fee, but a free will offering will be taken at the end of the program. Proceeds will benefit local young artists preparing to study classical music performance and the Italian language in Siena, Italy, through the Sessione Senese per Musica at L’Arte summer festival.

The recital will be all sacred music comprised of solo and choral pieces. Composers include: Bach, Mendelssohn, Gounod, Mozart, Caccini, Schubert, Fauré, and Verdi.

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Malone University Chorale and Chamber Choir present Spring Concert Tour

The Malone University Chorale and Chamber Choir, under the direction of David Donelson, Ed.D., will conclude their annual spring concert tour with a “homecoming” concert — The Singing Heart is Always Open – Friday, May 4 at 7:30 p.m. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. The public is invited to attend; a free will offering will be collected.

The tour includes the following:

Monday, April 30

7 p.m.

Pymatuning Valley High School

Andover

Tuesday, May 1

9:30 a.m.

Pymatuning Valley High School (private performance)

Andover

7 p.m.

St. John’s Lutheran Church

Zanesville

Wednesday, May 2

2 p.m.

Warren High School (private performance)

Warren, Pennsylvania

7 p.m.

Browncroft Community Church

Rochester, New York

Thursday, May 3

Niagara Falls

Friday, May 4

7:30 p.m.

St. John the Baptist Catholic Church

Canton

Ashland vocal group plans concert

The Ashland University Department of Music presents a public concert by its student-led a cappela group Surround Sound on April 29, at 8:30 p.m. in the Elizabeth Pastor Recital Hall. The concert is free and open to the public.

The 10-member ensemble will present a program of Billboard chart hits and an original composition, which have been arranged for a capella by Deke Sharon or Surround Sounds’ Brandy Riha. Songs to be performed include Stevie Wonder’s “Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I’m Yours”; Natasha Bedingfield’s “Unwritten”; Neil Diamond’s “I’m a Believer” as performed by The Monkeys; “I’m Yours/You Belong with Me” as performed by Jason Mraz and Taylor Swift; “This Love” as performed by Maroon 5; “I Want You Back” as performed by The Jackson 5; and “Precipitation,” an original song by Brandy Kay Riha and Kirstan Orgel.

Performers in Surround Sound are Adam Stuart Beckwith (Vermilion High School, Vermilion, Ohio); Julie Bontempo (North Olmsted High School, North Olmstead, Ohio); Michael Kahle (Pandora-Gilboa High School, Pandora, Ohio); Brandy Riha (Geneva High School, Geneva, Ohio); Emily Springer (River Valley High School, Marion, Ohio); Caleb Stout (North Adams High School, Winchester, Ohio); John Fielding (Glen Oak High School, Canton, Ohio); and Marisa Carafelli, Don Haught and Andrew Shaffer (Wooster High School, Wooster, Ohio).

Aviso named finalist in national college contest

The Malone University online student newspaper – The Aviso AVW (Audio Video Web) — has been named a finalist for the Associated Collegiate Press’s Pacemaker awards in the category of online-only publications. The Pacemakers are considered by many to be the highest honor awarded for student journalism.

Online Pacemaker winners will be announced at the 91st Annual ACP/CMA National College Media Convention in Chicago on Nov. 4.

For the complete list of finalists, visit: http://studentpress.org/acp/winners/opm12.html.

The recognition comes soon after The Aviso online publication having been awarded First Place for Best Collegiate Newspaper Website in its division from the Ohio Newspaper Association. The division included publications with less-than-daily frequency.

It was the first year The Aviso has entered this competition.

BOOK HIGHLIGHTS VETERAN – Author Norman Fulkerson will speak on his book “An American Knight: The Life of Colonel John W. Ripley, USMC,” on April 30 at 8:30 a.m. in the Heritage Christian School auditorium in Canton. The event is free and open to the public.

Col. John Ripley earned the nation’s second highest honor, the Navy Cross, for his heroics 40 years ago on April 2, 1972 at the Bridge at Dong Ha in Vietnam during the Easter Offensive. Fulkerson says that Col. Ripley spoke of two forms of courage: physical courage and moral courage.

PREMED CAMP PLANNED – Cedarville University invites students who are interested in seeking a profession in the medical field to attend the University’s premed camp, June 11-15.

Students must be entering 10th-12th grades or be an incoming college freshman. Camp provides students with hands-on experience and information about the process of applying to medical school.

The $400 registration fee covers the cost of meals, housing, field trips, supplies and a camp shirt.
Registration for camp can be completed at www.cedarville.edu/premedcamp. The deadline for registration is June 4.

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