As I was driving to the studio this morning, my mind raced back to my first-ever drive to WJTL. A lot was different in November 1985—a lot. Not only with life but with the station itself. Over the past 26 years I have gotten married, raised two amazing kids, lived in Tennessee, western Pennsylvania and the western suburbs of Philadelphia. Now I live in western Lancaster County.
Although I won’t bore you with the details, I will tell you that every move marked a new season and new adventure in life. God used some of the smallest things to teach me the biggest lessons and grow me in ways I never dreamed possible. Was there stress? Of course. Was there joy? Absolutely! Every bend in the road required a choice on my part. Would I dread it or dream it? Would the challenges be escaped or embraced? I am thankful that God’s grace is amazing and His mercies are new every morning! This is because even though not every choice was right, it was not outside His desire to use it to mold me. It’s one thing to read Romans 8:28; it’s another thing to experience it.
So now my wife of 20+ years Crystal and my two kids Sarah (18) and Matt (15) are back home!
When I am not at WJTL, I am the lead pastor of Oasis Christian Fellowship in Mountville. Even though I grew up a “Jersey boy,” the Susquehanna Valley will always feel like home. And although a lot has changed at WJTL, one very important thing has not; The joy of the Lord!!!
5 FUN FREE FAMILY THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND
#5-Tim Zimmerman and The King’s Brass create a time of innovative worship for all generations at Grace Baptist Church of Lancaster at 1899 Marietta Ave. Saturday, July 9th at 6pm.Admission is free and a freewill offering will be taken during the concert. http://www.gbclancaster.org
#4-Southen End Community Association Fest Celebration! Saturday, July 9 from 4 – 10pm. Games, food, Titanic Slide, Obstacle Course, dunk tank & more. Pony Rides from 5-8 p.m. Free admission & parking at the Solanco Fairgrounds. FIREWORKS at 10. For more information call SECA at 806-0123 or visit secarec.com.
#3-Historic Coleman Memorial Chapel’s 7th Annual Auction & Chicken BBQ—Baked Goods/Children’s Games fun and fellowship. The church will be open for self guided tours. Located 1/2 mile north of Brickerville on Rt. 501. Colemanchapel.org.
#2-Celebrate 2011 at the Teen Challenge Training Center Friday-Sunday. Speakers, Camping/RV Sites, music, food & games for the kids plus inflatable attractions, a fishing derby for children with a fireworks display Saturday night, free admission! More info at teenchallengetc.com.
#1 -2011 Faith Festival on Sat. July 9th from Noon-8PM at Mount Zion United Methodist Church in Freeland, MD. Free Event. Artists include:Brett Rush, Unsearchable Riches, Mount Zion Praise Band, Thru Me, & MORE. There will also be children’s activities in the “Fruits Of The Spirit” Childrens Tent. Benefits The Northern Baltimore Cluster Of “Volunteers In Mission”. http://faithfestival.webstarts.com/
Join WJTL as we celebrate Faith and Family Night with the Lancaster Barnstormers at Clipper Magazine Stadium on Wednesday, June 15th. The night will include stories of faith with Barnstormer Players, contests, a pre-game concert and of course, baseball! This will be the first in a series of 4 Faith and Family Nights this season.
Get there early! Gates will open at 5:45 with the fun beginning at 6pm with Matt Goss Band live in concert. The WJTL team will be there to add to the fun.
For Tickets lancasterbarnstormers.com
Listen to Kid’s Cookie Break tomorrow from 9-Noon for a opportunity to win a family four pack of tickets to see Thomas the Train at Strasburg Railroad. Lisa has 5 packs to give away! A Day Out With Thomas is coming to Strasburg June 18-26. www.strasburgrailroad.com
2008 – It was the Philadelphia Campaign of 1777 at the Rock Ford Plantation October 2007 to celebrate Rock Ford’s 50th Anniversary of being saved from demolition. The Kids’ Cookie Break was there to experience the encampment.
THE CHOIR – FREE WJTL Listener Appreciation Concert!!!
Be sure to mark your calendars for Wednesday, Nov. 10th at 7:30PM for an amazing FREE concert at The Mill Coffeehouse in Lititz!!! WJTL is having a FREE Listener Appreciation Concert and we would love to see you there! It will be a great night of fellowship, fun, prizes and of course great music! We will start off the night with music from Marty Shaughnessy & Aaron Gagne (formerly of The Rainchildren) then Derri Dougherty & Steve Hindalong of The Choir will play some of their music old and new. The Choir started out in 1985, known as “Youth Choir” with “Voices In Shadows” and they have a brand new CD that came out in June of this year, “Burning Like The Midnight Sun” which has been getting some rave reviews! We are asking that each person bring a canned fruit item to donate to Water Street Ministries. It is sure to be a great night!
If you have any questions, you can visit our website http://wjtl.com/ or call 717-392-3690 or you can visit The Choir’s website http://thechoir.net/.
(Seating is on a first come, first serve basis and is limited.)
The Mill Coffeehouse. 813 Rothsville Road. Lititz PA 17543
Ann D’Alessandro – Fan Of The Choir
You have til this Sunday night (Oct 31) at Midnight to take the WJTL Survey! We are inviting every listener to complete the WJTL Report Card! Tell us how we are doing? Your feedback will be used to improve the ministry of WJTL. It should only take you about 5 minutes. Click here to take the survey now!
ASHLEA BRENEMAN – Listen in during the six o’clock hour each night this week for your chance to win with Radio Friend Phil! He has 5 copies of Harold and Bette Gillogly’s book, “Experiencing Oneness” to give away. Harold and Bette are the keynote speakers at the Growing Hand in Hand Marriage Retreat happening November 5th through the 7th at the Eisenhower Hotel and Conference Center in Gettysburg, PA. What’s even better is that each of the 5 winners of the book will be entered into the grand prize drawing to win free registration to the conference! Phil will announce the grand prize winner this Friday evening.
Get all of the details on the conference at their website and be sure to tune in during the six o’clock hour with Radio Friend Phil for your chance to win!
FRED MCNAUGHTON – Our friends at Desmond Developers contacted us about doing a special fundraiser for WJTL. They love WJTL and wanted to do more. They also are very pleased to be involved with several new building projects and wanted WJTL listeners to see their homes. When they shared their idea with the other builders and realtors involved, it was met with excitement. Everyone involved is an avid WJTL listener.
The building industry has certainly been experiencing challenging times. So we want to encourage you to support these Christian Businessmen who are enthusiastically supporting WJTL.
Here’s the info…
The Developers, Builders and Realtors of …
• The Lakes in Mt. Joy.
• Westwood Green in Millersville
• and Willow Bend Farms in Willow Street
Will be holding Open Houses at all 3 locations Sunday, October 24 from 1pm to 4pm.
A donation will be made to WJTL for each visitor.
Here is a note from those businesses involved…
In Gratitude for the mission and witness of WJTL and their work on behalf of our Gracious Lord ,the Developer, Builders and Realtors in the communities at The Lakes in Mt-Joy, Westwood Green in Millersville and Willow Bend Farms in Willow Street will donate $5.00 per adult or $10.00 per family that attend an open house at one of these communities on October 24th from 1:00pm to 4:00 pm. We believe the listeners will not only be financially supporting this great voice of the Gospel in a time of great need by just showing up but will be blessed witnessing the quality of Custom built homes and townhouses , touring the neighborhoods and seeing the many amenities that make them all great locations to call a house a home.
We invites you to visit one of the locations on October 24th in support of WJTL.
Westwood Green – Route 30 to Route 741E. Follow Route 741E approximately 3.6 miles and turn right at stop light onto Route 999 (Manor Avenue). At sharp bend, follow road to the right (staying on Route 999 West). At first stop light, turn left on North Duke Street. Turn left on Cottage Avenue. Turn left into Westwood Green on Houffman Place.,
THE LAKES – Route 283 to the Rheems/Elizabethtown exit. Travel South on Cloverleaf Road (towards Elizabethtown). Turn left on Route 230 East. Travel approximately 1.5 miles and turn right through the railroad underpass. Make an immediate left on Musser Road. Travel .5 miles and turn left into The Lakes on Lakeside Crossing.,
Willow Bend Farm – Take Rt. 222 south out of Lancaster After passing Willow Valley Resort, turn right on Rt. 741 (Long Lane) Go 3/8 mile and turn right on Millwood Road, Go 3/4 mile and bear left on Brenneman Road, Willow Bend Farm will be on your right
Thanks to all the developers, builders and realtors involved!
Developer : Desmond Management
In Willow Bend Farm development
Metzler Home Builders, Inc.
1172 Penn Grant Road Lancaster, PA 17602 Phone: (717) 687-6302 Fax: (717) 687-0286
The Shreiner Group – Kris Linquist Prudential Homesale Services Group 150 North Pointe Blvd. Lancaster, PA 17601 Direct: 717-560-8496 Office: 717-560-9100 Fax: 717-569-2299 Email: email@example.com
In The Lakes Development
Garman Builders, Inc.
I471 N. Reading Road Ephrata, PA 17522 Phone: (717) 733-4383 Fax: (717) 733-3225
Town & Country Realty -Agent Don Herr
2547 Lititz Pike Lancaster, PA 17601 Phone: (717) 299-4885 Fax: (717) 299-4529 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
In the Willow Bend Farm Development
Custom Home Group Inc
1302 Lancaster Pike Quarryville, PA 17566-9749 (717) 284-4090
Benjamin E. Siegrist Kingsway Realty Office Phone: 717-569-8701 Ext. 152 Cell Phone: 717-575-3720 Email: email@example.com
In the Lakes Development
Builder: Desmond Construction Inc.
1085 Manheim Pike ,Lancaster Pa. 17601 717-397-3068
Greg Shank Prudential Homesale Services Elizabethtown Office 48 S. Market Street Elizabethtown, PA 17022
Phone: (717) 367-3500
Fax (717) 367-8078
in Westwood Green Development
Desmond Construction Inc.
1085 Manheim Pike ,
Lancaster Pa. 17601 717-397-3068
Realtor : Prudential Homesale Services
North Pointe Blvd – Lancaster Office – Mark Thudium Team
150 North Pointe Boulevard Lancaster, PA 17601