Dear WJTL Listener,
After a long and cold winter spring is finally here. Spring is my favorite time of year as signs of new life are everywhere. It is hard to miss the beauty of God’s creation around us. I am reminded of God’s promise: “Behold, I make all things new!” (Revelations 21:5).
Things are also starting to blossom at the home of WJTL. Phase One of the Junction Center Project has now been completed debt free and the studios are working great. God has truly blessed! This added space has enabled us to broadcast concerts in front of a live studio audience and to host many other special events. We love meeting listeners! The indoor capacity of only 50 people is clearly not enough to meet the demand.
Phase Two expands this vision with the construction of a large parking lot, restrooms and sewer system, landscaping with 65 new trees and a tent! This high tech Saddleback tent has a completely open interior with no poles to hinder sight lines. Featuring a great sound and lighting system the Junction Center Tent will be up from mid-May until mid-October starting in 2014. If construction goes well the tent may actually open later this year. The capacity will be 600 under roof plus additional open air seating outside.
Plans are for a WJTL summer concert series as well as a number of Kid’s Cookie Break and other events. The tent will be able to accommodate a wide range of activities including concerts, seminars, banquets, comedy and theater. “Christ. Community. Music.” is the current slogan for WJTL which also serves as the vision for The Junction Center. We will also make this tent available to other select organizations.
WJTL is also excited to announce a long term agreement with the Hempfield Soccer Club to use our excess land for practice fields. This relationship will bring thousands of young soccer players and their families to the Junction Center over the next ten years.
Long term plans are to construct a permanent community fine arts building on The Junction Center site. This will allow for twelve months of usage rather than the six months provided by a tent. As a matter of good stewardship though we will want to pay off the costs incurred for Phase Two first before starting anything new. Currently Phase Two costs are estimated at $960,000 and it is our prayer that this debt can be retired within three years. This will require a high level of participation from WJTL supporters as compared to the original purchase of the property where two major donors made it possible to purchase the foreclosed property at 28 cents on the dollar. Your generous gift today will be a real boost to this effort. Please join us in believing God for his provision and blessing on this ministry.
Thanksgiving reminds us to be thankful for the things (or people) most important in life. Christmas reminds us about the greatest gift our Heavenly Father gave us and to share that gift with as many as we can. I cannot think of a better time of year to share encouraging comments from two of our listeners. They represent the 115,000 people who listen to the station each week.
“I love listening to WJTL in the car as I run errands with my three year old. I truly feel that you help me fulfill the command in Deuteronomy about talking about our faith with our children while we walk on the road, or drive in our case. My daughter just recently started asking spiritual questions and I love that after hearing a song about Jesus’ death and resurrection she wants to ask why Jesus died, what sin is etc. Your music and messages open a discussion door without me forcing it open and makes her curious about our faith, so thank you!” – Anna
“I just wanted to thank you for the past few days while we were all anticipating the carnage of Hurricane Sandy and not knowing what would happen. Once again through music, God’s message came through loud and clear . . . It was an excellent music format for Faith, Strength and Peace!! Thank you to everyone who sacrificed to keep all of us informed during a very uncertain time!” – Denise
We are so grateful to our great WJTL listeners who make this ministry possible. We could not do this without your encouragement and financial support. Typically about 30% of our budget arrives between the middle of November and the end of the year. We stretch every dollar as far as it can go and in fact have not raised our already conservative budget for the past several years even after moving into The Junction Center. All year we balance good stewardship with what we have and faith for what will come.
As a friend of WJTL you will want to know that donations are running 4% behind last year and that a total of $306,000 still needs to be raised by year’s end. Please consider making an exceptional gift so that we can enter 2013 on a strong note. Gifts of any size though are very much needed and appreciated.
I pray for God’s blessing and protection on you and your family this season.
WJTL/Creative Ministries, Inc.
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Tim Landis – As a child my parents were members of a small mission church located in an impoverish section of Lancaster city. The old red brick church featured a large neon cross with the words “Jesus Saves” in the center. The congregation was a mixture of Mennonites from outlying rural areas and people from the hood, many of which had various addictions and other challenges. At Christmas and other holidays my mother often invited some of these less fortunate souls to be part of our celebration activities and meal. As children we were less than thrilled to have to share our Christmas meal with that strange new family that smelled of cigarette smoke and who chewed with their mouths open.
For as long as I can remember, mom has always had a large wooden manger as the centerpiece at her Christmas meal. In the manger is a colorful assortment of small wrapped “stocking stuffer” gifts. After dad reads the Christmas story, mom picks up a gift and turns to the youngest child and says, “Do you know why we celebrate Christmas?” After getting the appropriate answer she then says, “Salvation is a free gift from God but we need to ask for it. It is your choice. Just like God gave us his Son Jesus, I am offering you this free gift if you want it. Do you want this gift?” Each person at the table is in turn asked the question before they can open their gift of a flashlight, breath mints, silly putty or what ever else caught her fancy at the dollar store.
I wish I could say that my wife and I are carrying on this family tradition of inviting needy people to our Christmas meal but that would not be true. We have done it a couple times with the most memorable being the time we invited Charles, a lonely bachelor, former NY cab driver and a spectacular hypochondriac to dinner. By the end of the meal my wife was in tears as every item of food was critically inspected and commented on. “Is this Turkey organic?” “Has this teabag been bleached?” and everything was either too hot, too cold, or would aggravate one of his many perceived medical conditions.
In a few days our family will travel to grandma and grandpa’s house for the Landis Christmas dinner. The manger will again be placed in the center of the table brimming with gifts for those willing to receive.
Tim Landis – For the past twenty years or so the round red, white and blue logo of WJTL was an instantly recognizable symbol throughout central Pennsylvania . As a staff though we felt that it was time to freshen up the old logo. The basic design for the new logo has both 2D and 3D versions. The primary color is green although you will occasionally see the logo presented in other colors including orange. Obviously this means that your old bumper sticker is now either a collector’s item or obsolete depending on your view. You can pick up a new bumper sticker at any one of our live remotes or special events. We will also be sending out the new stickers in our receipt letters and other correspondence. Do you like the new logo? Please use the comment section below to let us know.
WJTL was happy to donate the grounds of The Junction Center for use by the Hempfield Fall Classic Soccer Tournament. The tournament was held on November 19 and 20 and featured over 650 teams representing athletes between the ages of 9 and 19. Approximately 1,200 games were played and 100 soccer fields were used. WJTL donated the use of it’s land for four of those fields. The tournament gave the ministry a full page ad in the soccer program book to welcome the teams and introduce the station. One of the goals of WJTL and Creative Ministries is to be effective ambassadors representing Christ in the local community.