Had a great visit in Springfield, OH today. It’s home turf for me – only an hour or so from my house which was good because the weather was not! But I still got there and had a lovely time with Chris Grinrod and the other people at WEEC. I was on their request hour live show and did a couple of songs, as well as an interview. So fun to be with everyone there!
Archive for February, 2010
I can’t believe this turned into “news”! I’m laughing pretty hard about this one – check out this article.
For the background story, see the post “O Canada” a couple days ago. Too funny!
This morning we got up very early and headed over to Crossroads Studio to appear live on 100 Huntley Street, Canada’s longest running talk show. I was hear once before and it was really fun to go back. I have been interviewed both times by Moira Brown, and she is really excellent and a lovely person. My mom also filmed an interview about her book while we were there which will air sometime in May.
We left as quickly as we could, trying to stay ahead of a blizzard that was heading toward Toronto. Got through customs with no problem this time, and just on the other side of the border in Buffalo, we stopped for a station visit at WDCX. So fun to meet them – they’ve played my music for a couple of years, but I’ve never gotten to stop in and get to know them. Great station with a heart for God. For years it was illegal in Canada to have a full-time Christian station, so WDCX has essentially been that station to Toronto, with over 60% of their listeners on the Canada side. Very fun.
Then we drove home through some very wet, snowy weather, but the roads were still good. God has definitely kept us safe with all this winter travel up north!
Well, sometimes weird things happen.
This morning I guest-led the worship at Faith Covenant Church in Farmington Hills, MI – same church I had the concert at last night for Covenant Community Care. Great church, with an awesome name!! Okay, I confess, that’s the name of my church too. 🙂
Anyway, we left after services and headed for Toronto. I’m on the air tomorrow morning live on 100 Huntley Street, Canada’s longest running talk show.
We we got to the border, we had this enormous Canadian border guard, and he asked me where I was from and what I was going into Canada for. I told him I was doing a TV show and he asked if I was an actor.
Me: “No, I’m singing”
Him: “Hmmm. Well, you know we’re playing you guys tonight in the Olympics. Hockey.”
Me: “Yep, should be a good game. Hope we get to watch it when we get there.”
Him: “Well, I’m not letting you in until you sing O Canada.”
Me: “Ha ha! That’s funny.”
Him: “No, I’m serious.”
Uncomfortable pause. Big guy. Ohio girl who, let’s face it, only hears that song when the Olympics are on.
Me: “Um, Ohhhh, Canada!!! La, la, la, la, la, laaaahhh!!!!”
Him: “Good enough.”
How’s this for a really neat example of the body of Christ? A bunch of churches in the Detroit area got together to try and address the issue of uninsured people without medical care in their area. They created Covenant Community Care, and last year they provided medical services to 4000 uninsured people in Detroit. I was so impressed by their heart for the people they serve!
They are starting a new effort to serve 10,000, and I did a benefit concert to kick off the campaign. Wonderful people, and the concert was at a church I’ve been to several times before, so it was fun to reconnect with them. Loved the evening, and so happy to help such a great cause!
Saturday night I did a concert at Sanibel Community Church for their “Love of Christ Banquet” which they have on Valentine’s weekend. Wonderful people with a wonderful message – that Christ loves us. We had dinner and then the concert. Then straight back to our friend’s place in Bonita Springs because I had to be at church early.
Sunday morning I sang at Naples Community Church. They are so excited about moving into their new building, so it was fun to see the plans for that coming together.
After the service, mom and I headed out across the state to Vero Beach, Florida, and I gave a concert tonight for a private event some of our friends were having. I tell you – they know how to throw a party! It was absolutely stunning, and I really respect their desire for everyone to know Christ. It’s pretty brave to invite everyone you know to a concert like that!
Today I am like a puddle of jello – just laying here in a lump. That was a lot all in one weekend. Headed home tomorrow, and can’t wait to see my kiddos. 🙂
The show I taped for CTN called “The Good Life” aired tonight. I flew down to Tampa today because I have several events in Florida this weekend, so we watched the show at my Grandma’s house. It aired at the same time as the opening of the Olympics. Whew – hard choice for me!! I am a complete Olympics freak. But my husband taped them both, so we’re all good. 🙂
Heading out tomorrow for Sanibel Island – looking forward to it.
Well, it’s been a pretty exciting couple of weeks for my song, “God Loved the World”! Last week it was featured at the national pastor’s convention for the Covenant Denomination as one of two new worship songs sent to all the Covenant churches. So fun! Today, I got the rough mix of the choral version from Lifeway – they are using the song as part of their new Christmas musical going to over 9,000 churches!
I am just amazed at how God is opening doors for this song, but I certainly couldn’t pick a song I’d rather have this happen to. It’s the gospel in 4 minutes, and I’m thrilled that it’s getting out there!!
I was on the radio show “Bible Breakfast Club” which airs in Kentucky this morning with Brother Ron Miller. What a fun show, and we found that we had a common interest in ministry to Africa. They’ve established several churches in South Africa, and we talked about possibly getting together for ministry in the future – would be fun. 🙂