Yesterday, we celebrated the 60th Anniversary of Word Entertainment at Nashville's historic Fontanel Mansion. The Word staff and family members gathered together Sunday afternoon for some outdoor festivities (the bounce house was a huge hit!), brunch and snacks, and live music from Point of Grace. The ladies from POG played some of their very first hits as well as current fan favorites.
Here are some pics from yesterday's event:
Kicking off the set at Fontanel
Denise singing "Blue Skies"
The Word family
More of Word staff members & their families
- Team POG
The very first people who heard the greatest news that ever was or ever will be received by humankind - that Jesus Christ had risen from the dead - were three women. Not three men. Three women. Then just a couple of verses down, Jesus Himself first appeared after his triumph over death to Mary Magdalene, a woman who began to spread what Beth Moore so suitably calls "the first ever recorded case of sanctified gossip"!
My friends, it was not an accident that Jesus chose women first to get the word out. He knew we could do it! I believe it was completely by design. Telling the good news of Christ is by far the very best thing we can be spreading around. In fact, we are commanded to use our mouths to tell others about the awesome and no condemning love of God.
People in this day and age really need to hear this news! The world we live in is so depressing sometimes that we can't even think straight. Using our mouths to witness and show God's love to others would be using them exactly the way they were meant to be used.
Matthew 5:14 -16 You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a candle and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before mean, that they may see your good deeds and know your Father in heaven.
Blessings, Leigh, Shelley and Denise
I wanted to tell our blog readers first about this unique auction item that we have for sale beginning TOMORROW. It is part of a bigger auction with all sorts of Christian Artists donating tickets, dinners, concerts and instruments to help raise yearly support for Porter's Call Ministry. Porter's Call is non-profit counseling center serving Christian artists and their families. Any artist would probably tell you that not only do we not have it all together, but we are the most broken ones out there.
A dear man by the name of Al Andrews runs Porter's Call, and I was one of those artists on the sidelines that thought the counseling service for artists was great idea, but that I would never need it myself. We had Al out to a POG retreat to do a little "reset" in our ministry, and he was great. I still try to run our life at home by some of the principles I learned from him that day. But, fast forward a few years to about a year and half ago, and the challenges of life and marriage and just STUFF started to take hold in our own little house, and David and I found ourselves walking through these doors just like most of my peers have at one time or another. I can barely even look at this picture without getting teary-eyed and remembering that first day we showed up at the back door and how Al began to slowly, week after week, help us rebuild what we had managed to somehow really mess up.
If the walls of that little house could talk...
The good news is, they can't. So we feel safe to share our struggles and brokenness at Porter's Call.
Before I tell you about the auction, though...meet Al.
If I've built him up a little, then I have succeeded in my writing today. I will send money to this ministry for as long as I can, hopefully the rest of my life. And I'm quite sure before it's all said and done, I will find myself a wreck and his back door again. ha!
Now, to the auction...
every year- because Porter's Call is offered to artists like myself, free of charge, with no strings attached- they run an "Artist's Auction" to help fund their ministry for the year.
This year, we are offering something special to one fan and three guests of their choice around Christmastime. As you know, we do a 13 city Christmas tour every year. Take a second to check out our tour page and see if we are close to you. If so, we would love for you to bid on our package...
The package is this....4 tickets and backstage passes to the Point of Grace Christmas Tour show of your choice. (Some of our shows will even have Phillips, Craig and Dean!!!) Dinner before the show with Leigh, Denise and myself, and a Point of Grace gift bag with Cds, t-shirts, and of course, our cookbook!
The bidding will go live tomorrow at 9am central. I will twitter and facebook the link as soon as I get it!! Follow us at @pointofgrace on twitter, or check the twitter box on our homepage tomorrow morning for the link!!
We would love to see you at Christmas and mostly help to support this cause that has personally affected me in such a huge way...
Happy Early Holidays!