A New Stage For Master Arts?

Written by Terry DeBoer on . Posted in Local

master arts LobbyTim VanBruggen of Master Arts Theatre (center) shows onlookers the lobby of their prospective new home.Master Arts Theatre (MAT) executive director Tim Van Bruggen paused while giving a tour of what could be his organization's new home.

"The square footage of this lobby is bigger than our current auditorium," he told onlookers.

"That's a terrible statistic, but it's also funny," he smiled.

The faith-based theatre company has an inside track for a move to the relatively spacious Central Christian Church in the 2500 block of Leonard St. NE near the I-96 expressway.

Four "test-run" August performances in the prospective space were successful with full houses and also drawing a wave of financial donations.

But a sale is not a done deal. A purchase deadline from the soon-to-be-closing church looms and there are zoning matters which Master Arts currently has under consideration.

A Landmark Unity Festival

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Tammy TrentTammy Trent sang and shared her story at the 20th Unity FestivalThe Unity Christian Music Festival in Muskegon completed its 20th anniversary with a look back and a look ahead.

And also with some words recalling its co-founder and avid supporter Roger Eikenberry, who passed away July 26 at the age of 74.

Included on this year's concert bill were two artists who performed on that very same stage 20 years ago.

It was 2001 when the newly-formed Alive on the Lakeshore organization took a giant step of faith and led in the planning and production of that first, three-day, August festival at Heritage Landing along Muskegon Lake.

Please Join Us

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glennDear Friends:

Manna Media is partnering with Turning Point Missions (TPM), a nonprofit Christian outreach, for a concert event. TPM is a ministry we love, "TPM exists to provide clean safe drinking water to the people of Haiti and beyond, while introducing them to Christ."

If you have not seen their work I would encourage you to visit their website: www.turningpointmissions.org. Together we are planning a fun evening for you on October 22, 2021. It will be great to get together with friends and enjoy an evening of entertainment. Glenn Bulthuis and the Tonedeafs will be playing the music of the Beatles and more for your enjoyment.

Terry’s Picks for September 2021

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EVENTSThis is the column in which West Michigan Christian News writer Terry DeBoer surveys the landscape for the area's faith-inspired arts/entertainment/enrichment events in the coming month. Here are a few possibilities for September....

A life restored. AA’s Big Book, Twelve Steps shepherds Grand Rapids man to sobriety

Written by Paul R. Kopenkoskey on . Posted in Local

Cutline randyRandy: “I’m a much more peaceful person.”Editor's note: In keeping with Alcoholics Anonymous' spiritual foundation and tradition, WMCN will identify the person interviewed as Randy.

With his flowing white beard and Ben Franklin-style glasses, 60-year-old Randy radiates a peaceful countenance. The reason is as simple as it's profound: the outer man now matches the inner.

Randy gives Alcoholics Anonymous credit for his calmer demeanor and clear headedness. And for this, the Grand Rapids resident readily acknowledges his indebtedness to God.

"Without God's help, I couldn't have done any of it," he says.

Kuyper College WorkPlace Partnership help students get job, degree

Written by Paul R. Kopenkoskey on . Posted in Local

CapturekuyperAn initiative Kuyper College recently launched that will start this fall will enable students to earn a degree, work a part-time entry-level job and help pay their tuition. It's the first of its kind in Michigan.

Butterball Farms Inc., and Lumbermen's Inc. are participating in Kuyper College's urban WorkPlace Partnership program, which will launch this fall. "A portion of the student's tax-free compensation will be used to pay down tuition, which when added to additional state and federal grants, can help students graduate with little to no debt," said Dr. Patricia Harris, president of Kuyper College. Under the WorkPlace Partner initiative, class schedules are configured to allow students to work 20 hours each week. Presently the college is finalizing partnership agreements with other Grand Rapids businesses.

Corcoran appointed Saint Thomas the Apostle Catholic School

Written by Paul R. Kopenkoskey on . Posted in Local

corcoranRyan Corcoran has been appointed principal of Saint Thomas the Apostle Catholic School. Corcoran was selected with a unanimous recommendation from the search committee consisting of teachers, parents, the retiring principal and school board members. He most recently served as assistant principal at Saint Thomas for one year. Prior to that, he taught English and theology and coordinated the international student program at West Catholic High School in Grand Rapids. He is trilingual, speaking Spanish and Chinese in addition to English. Corcoran has previously taught in university, high school, kindergarten and preschool classrooms in China; elementary and high schools in Spain; and online adult education for students from around the world. He also has experience teaching special education.

Cause Camp conference set for Oct. 13-15

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causeCause Camp, a national nonprofit immersive conference, has added a fall session October 13-15 at the Eberhard Center on the campus of Grand Valley State University's downtown Grand Rapids campus. The conference is presented by Nonprofit Hub and Do More Good following their merger at the close of 2020.

Calvin U. forms presidential search committee

Written by Paul R. Kopenkoskey on . Posted in Local

nbCalvin University's Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees has selected a 16-member presidential search committee following the resignation earlier this year of current president Micheal Le Roy.

The committee is composed of individuals with a broad array of experience and gifts who share a commitment to seeing how God's faithfulness revealed through Calvin's new leader.

Hope Network receives suicide prevention grant

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nbHope Network, a Christian nonprofit that helps people with disabilities live independently, recently received a $1.4 million grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration. Hope Network will now offer suicide prevention services to 150,000 people across Michigan, which is part of the Zero Suicide initiative.

New Gender Ideology – A Given in American Culture

Written by Dr. Rex M. Rogers on . Posted in Local

rexsat7Dr. Rex M. RogersIf you're ready to resist the gender revolution, you're too late.

The gender revolution fight is over, and the new gender ideology has won.

I don't mean we should give up, so to speak. I certainly do not mean we should jettison a biblical understanding of sexuality, and I don't mean we shouldn't speak this truth in love.

I mean: the idea gender is fluid and socially constructed (i.e., immutable, binary biological sex does not exist) is now America's culturally accepted norm. It's a done deal.

Most intellectuals/academics, elite opinion influencers, corporate, and government leaders embrace the new view without question.

Anyone who raises doubts, let alone rejects the new gender ideology, will or can be socially ostracized, cyber bullied, or "cancelled" in the form of a lost job, professional standing, or ruined career.

Present-Day False Prophets Undermine Church and Culture

Written by Dr. Rex M. Rogers on . Posted in Local

rexsat7Dr. Rex M. RogersEvery day, present-day "false prophets" intentionally and effectively attack the core beliefs and values of the Christian Church and American culture.

This is a growing existential threat, for Judeo-Christian values no longer provide a "sacred canopy" over American culture. These historic, foundational values are no longer ascendant or respected or even referenced by a vast cross-section of society.

So false prophets now practice their craft with seemingly little resistance.

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