It’s just a simple little thing. Just a little grey rectangle on the toolbar at wjtl.com… but it can be helpful. I was looking for a specific blog that had been bumped down the page the other day… so I typed the word “mother” and ta da, there was the info I needed for the Mothers Day Contest. So if you are hoping to find something on our website, and aren’t sure where to start looking. Pick a word or two and use the search option. It worked for me. :)
We got a great email a few minutes ago from a listener overseas. It was another good reminder to me that we never know who’s listening and how God is using us to encourage others, even around the world.
Dear WJTL Staff,
It is Saturday morning here in the Philippines and I am at school playing catch up with my responsibilities. As I sit here, because of your willingness to place your radio station on the Internet, I have the privilege of listening to the broadcast. With the end of the school year nearing, you can imagine that the stress level is a little higher, yet hearing music that is God honoring and hearing tidbits of life at “home” (we live in York when in country) I am able to enjoy these minutes. (Because of broadband issues living in a third world country I can’t listen during the school week.) So thank you for being a blessing to this missionary while serving MK’s in Southeast Asia.
a listener in the Phillipines
I get hundreds of emails each day and a large portion of them come from listeners and churches interested in submitting their information for our community calendar. I thought it might be helpful to give some hints about the events page and how to submit your Community Calendar events.
The community calendar is both the literal calendar that you find on our events page as well as the public service announcements you will hear DJ’s read from time to time on the air.
A few tips for the events calendar, for those new to the page (or have always wondered):
1. You can click on any event and find more information.
2. Color codes:
Green: Get up and Go Show guests
Blue: Kids Cookie Break Events
Red: WJTL Live Events
Black: Community Events
3. We ask that you mail, fax or email your information to us at least 2 weeks prior
to your event. Include the date, time, location, short description of event and contact information
including a phone number or website that can be given out on the air.
4. We try to announce events that make sense for us to mention on WJTL. So, if an event is about a band or music style we wouldn’t play, geared to a very specific audience (like a church business meeting), or Sunday morning events (due to the fact that there are hundreds of churches in the area doing special things every Sunday morning) they would not be listed. There are several other guidelines, but these are some of the biggies.
5. PSA’s are free and we do our best to give attention to as many as we can on the air.
If you have any other questions about an announcement you heard or would like to submit a PSA, please email email@example.com.
I was thinking today about the upcoming Sertoma Chicken Barbecue event at Long’s Park and the years of memories WJTL has there. It’s been one of the events I’ve looked forward to for the past 10 + years that I’ve been involved with WJTL So many different artists have performed on the Weaver’s Garage stage and the Talent Challenge the last few years has brought out all kinds of entertaining acts!
Of course there is the chicken and all the yummy sides (usually a couple of meals worth) to enjoy. I always look forward to seeing the familiar faces of friends and meeting new folks who stop by the WJTL table to say hi. You can even feed the ducks at the pond and throw a little frisbee.
May 15 is coming quickly! Come out and enjoy some chicken, talent by friends in the listening area, and hopefully some sunshine!
We receive tons of calls from listeners trying to find a song they heard on WJTL or played at church, etc. Of course the first place to look when you hear a song on WJTL is our playlist. Another tip I have is just to go to your search engine and type in “Christian Lyrics” followed by the lyrics you remember from the song. For example, there is a song that I LOVE that has the lyrics “Lay it all down” in the song… I can search “Christian Lyrics Lay it All Down” and I find out that it’s the song “Lay Em Down” by Need to Breathe. There are many sites that provide lyrics, but I find this to be the easiest and quickest way to find the song I am looking for.
Of course you can always email me and I’ll be happy to help you with your search, too.
“So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God. For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.” – Mark 11:22-24
It’s such an awesome privilege we have to pray and that we can have the confidence to do so knowing that God actually empowers us to! If you have a prayer request that you would like to have prayed for, please visit our prayer request link and your request will be emailed to our staff as well as the staff and volunteers at Gateway House of Prayer. We believe that prayer works.
Also, we ask you to please keep WJTL on your regular prayer list! Some ideas of things to pray for: direction, the music, wisdom, finances, our staff and their families, impact on the community and anything else God lays on your heart.
Thanks to our friends at Crossrock Blog. Check out their other great articles and videos here.
Here’s an email from a listener about how God ministered through a specific song (I xxx’d out their location for the sake of privacy):
“I want to share with you how your station ministered to me today. My wife and I live in xxxxx, and we are preparing to adopt a baby who will be born within the next week. We are in our late-30′s and will be parents for the first time. As we have been getting closer to the due date, I have had some fears and concerns about becoming an adoptive parent. So, this morning on my way to work (I am a pastor ), I prayed that God would take away my fears and concerns and confirm for me that this is his will for our lives. A few minutes after I prayed, I turned on the radio, switched to your station, to find Mark Schultz’s “Everything To Me,” had just started playing. Mark was an adopted child who wrote this song to his birth-mother who placed him for adoption. After hearing the song (and blubbering like an idiot) the concerns I had were immediately lifted, and God confirmed for me the great blessing he is giving my wife and me.
This is an encouragement for you how your station is ministering to people you’ve never met. Thank you for playing this song “for me” today. I will never forget this!”
This unseasonably warm weather has gotten me thinking about Summer… which for me equals Music Festival Season. If you haven’t checked out details for Creation Festival and Purple Door Festival 2010, I suggest you stop by their updated websites. There are details about this years artists, speakers, ways to get involved and VOLUNTEER!!! I’ve been helping out at the Creation Festivals and Purple Door since 1997 and in fact have never been at a festival without helping out behind the scenes in some way. I can’t imagine any other way to experience the festivals … or to spend my summer.
The weather sure has been gorgeous! It’s a welcome relief to have so much sunshine after the buckets of snow we received over the winter. There are many things you see in the spring and summer that you don’t get to see in the Winter… flowers, green grass… and hot air balloons. One of our listeners recently emailed that they saw the WJTL hot air balloon floating through the sky near their house already this Spring. Keep an eye out for it, and if you happen to get a picture, please email me and I’ll post it on our facebook or maybe even here on the blog. Thanks to our friends at US Hot Air Balloon!!!