STACEY GAGNE – My heart lept when I received an email this morning from one of our friends at Compassion International who was a part of their recent Sponsor Tour to Ethiopia. One of the projects that they visited on the tour was Tedecha Mekane Yesus …they are standing where I walked in January 2013 and WJTL listeners in turn sponsored many of these children during our 26 Hours of Compassion! JoAnn shared how amazing the Pastor and Project Director at the project are and how the team was impressed and enjoyed their time there with the children. Maybe you can spot your sponsored child in this picture?!
Our friends from Compassion will have a booth at Creation Festival and there will be opportunities for you to sponsor a child. If you are at the festival, I encourage you to stop by and prayerfully consider … or visit the website today and help release a child from poverty in Jesus name.
STACEY GAGNE - There are tons of great concerts and events taking place at The Junction Center during the tent season which runs all the way into October! In the midst of all the concerts and events; we host Family Movie Nights every month! Movie Nights are fun times to come out and enjoy some tasty treats, ride the pedal carts and watch a family movie together.
Family Movie Nights at WJTL are free! When you reserve your ticket you are given a “Name Your Price” donation option, but that price can be from $0 on up. We want this to be a blessing to you and your family whether you are prepared to make a donation or not.
Our Monthly Movies include:
June 20: JONAH! A Veggietales Movie
July 18: Mary Poppins (1964)
August 15: The Muppet Movie (1979)
September 19: The Parent Trap (1961)
October 17: The Love Bug (1969)
All movie nights begin at 7:00 pm with doors opening at 6:00 pm and are held in the Junction Center Tent at 1875 Junction Rd in Manheim. Uncle Jerry’s Kettle Corn and Turkey Hill treats and drinks will be available for purchase.
*Parents are always encouraged to research movies to ensure they are compatible with what is acceptable for your family viewing.
STACEY GAGNE – Our 30th Anniversary Concert Event is just a few days away; and we have more fun activities up our sleeve to add to the already exciting line up!
Join us this Saturday when doors open at 4:00 pm for tours of The Junction Center, take a spin on our pedal carts and get a fun photo with your family or friends in the photo booth! We’ll also be serving free anniversary cake from Country Table Restaurant. Other food will be available onsite for purchase including treats from Turkey Hill and Uncle Jerry’s Kettle Corn and Catering With Attitude’s food truck.
Some of our friends are helping add to the fun including prizes provided by Turkey Hill Dairy, Sight and Sound Theatres, Walk in Love , Chick-fil-A and more. We’ve also put together an extra special WJTL prize pack including our brand new full line of tshirts. We plan to do giveaways throughout the evening.
The program begins at 5:15 with the planned schedule below:
Our staff is really excited to celebrate with you. Tickets are free, but need to be reserved. Visit thejunctioncenter.com for details. See YOU Saturday!
STACEY GAGNE - Dates are available for booking venues at The Junction Center this Fall. Banquets, corporate events, weddings, concerts, church services, parties, and more can be held in our facilities here at 1875 Junction Road. We’ve had a great response from guests who have joined us so far.
The Junction Center tent is a Saddleback tent venue with a completely open interior. When set up in concert style with a stage at one end; it will accommodate approximately 650 people. Banquet seating capacity is approximately 450 depending on the type of table used. In “band shell” set up, the audience capacity increases to the thousands. The marquee tent outside of the larger saddleback tent works great as a greeting area or lobby for larger events. It can also be equipped for a smaller group banquet space or party. Some examples of events hosted so far includes: S. Clyde Weaver’s company picnic, Manheim BIC’s combined Easter Service, Child Evangelism Fellowship’s Banquet, Hempfield Baseball end of the year party, Victory Church Young Adult Kick off service, a PA Dutch Convention and Visitors Bureau Mixer, National Day of Prayer and various other concerts and events.
We also take reservations for The Millen Room, a cozy 980 square foot café featuring a small stage plus tables and seating for approximately 50 people. Business Meetings, smaller parties (birthday, bridal and baby showers), luncheons and similar functions work great in this space equipped with a warming kitchen, projection and sound equipment.
More details about the venues are available at thejunctioncenter.com. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for questions specific to your event needs.
STACEY GAGNE – June 7th is coming quickly and we can’t wait to celebrate our 30th Anniversary with YOU here at The Junction Center!
It’s going to be a fun evening with concerts by Sanctus Real, City Harbor and Dan & Lauren Smith. Our friend and dynamic speaker Bob Lenz will be our guest speaker. Studio tours will be available. Come take a spin on our pedal cars. We’ll have food vendors and goodies on site and more! We’ll round out the fun night of celebration with fireworks, which is a first for us!
Information on reserving your tickets and other details are available at thejunctioncenter.com. Like our other Listener Appreciation concerts; your donation is appreciated but not required! We just need you to reserve your tickets and are giving you the option to name your price when you do … from $0 on up. (All those details including tax deduction info. is explained when you order).
Thanks so much to our friends at Turkey Hill Dairy All Natural Ice Cream, Alan Manufacturing and Supply, Trinity Law P.C., and Lancaster Bible College for your sponsorship! We appreciate you.
Our crew had a blast once again this year at the Cardboard Derby at Roundtop Mountain Resorts. Teams came out with super creative vessels and even costumes to go along with the theme “Candy Rush”. Some of the creations were speedy and went the distance, some fell apart before they made it down the hill and others just enjoyed the ride and the fruition of their teamwork.
Thanks to everyone that bundled up and came out to cheer on the teams and all who participated in another fun event. Thanks also to Roundtop Mountain Resorts for inviting WJTL to be a part of the event. Here are the results (by Team Name) from the judging and the races:
(video and photos to come soon)
1st: Nerds (from Calvary Chapel)
2nd: Smartie Pants
3rd: One Sweet Ride
4th: Candy Crusher
5th: Nerds f(rom Zion Lutheran)
6th: Big Box of Skittles
1st: Team Sour Patch
2nd: Mr B Entertainment
3rd: Flaming Marshmellows
4th: Nerds (from York)
5th: Darth Pez
6th: Backwards Piñata
1st: Battle of the Bulge
2nd: Smartie Pants
3rd; Candy Canes and Bottle Caps
1st: Candy Rush
2nd: Nerd Dragster
3rd: Darth Pez
Youth: Tootsie Roll
Adult: Candy Rush
There are many organizations and ministries lending aid to those impacted by the storm in the Phillipines. Please pray for the victims and prayerfully consider how and where you can pitch in to those in need:
AMG International : AMG has a large ministry presence in the Philippines, including in the hard-hit Visayas Region. Our field staff there, led by national director Hector Araña, has sprung into action collecting relief supplies, working to establish communication with our partners in the affected areas, and preparing to travel into the disaster zone to assess damage and distribute supplies to the thousands of families AMG serves through our childcare ministries there.is providing relief supplies from our Disaster Relief Fund (www.amgdisasterrelief.org), and funds are urgently needed to sustain this response. You can donate now at www.amgdisasterrelief.org, over the phone at (423) 894-6060, or by mail to AMG International, 6815 Shallowford Rd., Chattanooga, TN 37421.
HarvestNet International: Gifts through this link will be entrusted to pastors with congregations in the devastated area. Locally based HarvestNET International has over 100 partner churches and ministries in the Philippines.
Compassion International: Your gift makes possible interventions such as: emergency food and water, temporary shelters, personal items, cooking utensils, trauma counseling and spiritual support, replacing clothing, school supplies and household items, restoring supplies a family needs for earning income, providing continued counseling and support as needed
Samaritans Purse: A Samaritan’s Purse disaster response team is in the Philippines to help in the aftermath of one the strongest storms ever recorded. “Our multinational team is coordinating relief efforts on the Leyte and the neighboring island of Samar, working with local Christians to deliver relief to those most in need. Community water filters, protective tarps, blankets, hygiene kits, and emergency family food packets are being rushed to affected areas.”
SEND International: SEND has set up a Typhoon relief option that will allow people to give to Filipino churches who will aid in disaster relief
MCC: Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) is responding to Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, providing funding for relief, supporting an initial assessment team of an MCC partner organization and working with partners to determine needs for longer-term recovery.
CCT: Center for Community Transformation: HOPE International’s local partner, the Center for Community Transformation (CCT), works in the regions hit hardest by the typhoon, and they are currently mobilizing to provide these communities with immediate help.
This week, around 500 students are taking part in the School of the Circuit Riders where they are being trained and equipped to preach the gospel with boldness and love! Circuit Riders, a ministry that has come out of Youth With a Mission, has the aim to “Save: by bringing the lost into salvation. Revive: by igniting Christians. Multiply: by carrying out the dream of God to go into all the world, preach His gospel and make disciples”. Throughout the week they are being trained and then taking what they learn each day and practicing it with each other then being released into Lancaster to share what they have learned. This is all being built upon “liv(ing) out a lifestyle of worship, prayer and fasting as a means of deep intimacy and anointed commissioning.”
There are about 500 students enrolled in the school, and there are at least double that attending the evening sessions that are free and open to the public. Last night I had the opportunity to attend the meeting and it was incredible. I am guessing over 1,000 people were packed into Freedom Hall at the Mariott Convention Center in Downtown Lancaster. There was a time of incredible worship focusing on the joy of our salvation. Some lyrics to one of the songs were:” This is my story, my testimony: The love of Jesus has changed my life”. We then heard an informal message about loving like Jesus and not putting limitations or boundaries on that. It is so exciting to see so many people in our area excited about sharing the love of God and seeing our county transformed by that love!
Ashlea Brenneman is working on staff at this event. She has been working with YWAM in Kona for the last 2 1/2 years and shared about it when she filled in for Lisa.
The evening sessions are open and free at FREEDOM HALL A in the Penn Square Marriott Hotel in downtown Lancaster. They are taking place each evening at 7:00 at least through Friday. The schedule online lists Saturday as “TBA”.
Visit the circuit riders website for information about the vision/history and more about School of the Circuit Riders and their Facebook page: Lancaster Circuit Riders for posts specifically updating on what’s going on this week.
As the departure time for our planned Compassion Sponsors Missions Trip to Ethiopia has approached, some of you have been asking me about the status of the trip. We were to have left August 3rd, which (as I write this) is tomorrow! I can’t believe August is already here.
Unfortunately, we did not have enough people registered in time to make the trip possible for this year. We are talking with Compassion about options for rescheduling a similar trip in the future. I am still anxiously looking for the day that you are able to meet the children that have been sponsored through the WJTL community.
Though it is disappointing that we are not able to go on the dates we originally planned, I am confident that God’s timing is perfect and still prayerfully have my sights set on an opportunity to return with you many of you to see the faces of the children that you sponsored.
I’ll take this opportunity too, to remind any of you who currently sponsor a child to send them a letter today … and if you don’t yet, check out compassioninternational.com to find out how.
It’s that time of year again; it’s time to vote in the 13th Annual Readers’ Choice Awards sponsored by the Lancaster Newspapers, Inc. Cast your vote and support your favorites! WJTL is once again up for Favorite Radio Station and we’d be honored to have your vote! You can look for the ballot in the June 2nd Sunday News and in the Intelligencer Journal /Lancaster New Era this week. You can also vote at LancasterOnline.com June 3 through 6. Look for us in the Miscellaneous catetory. Be sure to fill out all of the pertinent information so that your vote is counted. Results will be published in the Sunday News on August 25.