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An evening with Walter Wangerin Jr. featuring the Sounds of Grace Reunion Choir

We had the privilege of having members of Grace and Peace Lutheran Church and the Sounds of Grace Reunion Choir on Joyful Noise this morning.  We discussed their event happening TONIGHT at the Victory Theatre in Evansville. It is called Celebrate Mission and will feature speaker and author Walter Wangerin Jr. and the Sounds of Grace Reunion Choir.  I know this will be a great night of music and ministry all to support  Mission of Grace.

Christian music festivals are coming!

I have talked about various Christian music festivals on the air for a few weeks now, but I wanted to give you a mass list of area festivals where you can hear some of your favorite Christian artists this summer!

- Ichthus Music Festival- June 15-18, 2011 in Wilmore, KY

Artists Include: Hillsong United, The City Harmonic, Chris Tomlin, Remedy Drive, Red, Anberlin, Flame, Lecrae, The Wedding, Family Force Five, Josh Wilson, Derek Webb and MANY MORE!

Hope for Japan

I'm sure like me you were devastated on Friday morning when you heard about the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. It's often hard to understand why such horrible disasters occur.  Well I can be sad, but still try to help.  I want share with you some organizations that are on the ground in Japan working and helping people.  You can get involved, serve God and show HOPE to the people of Japan.

- World Vision is working to rebuild and help children who were affected by the disaster.

Volunteer for Winter Jam- coming March 24th!

I have been talking about Winter Jam a lot on the show recently.  I am very excited about it and I hope you are too! However, in order to bring a huge tour like Winter Jam to Evansville, a lot of help is needed.  We are in need of 65 volunteers to help the day of the show.  Some jobs may include selling merchandise, tickets, money collecting and other tasks.  If your interested you will need to be at Robert's Stadium at 4:30 pm on Thursday, March 24th and work until 10 or 11 pm that night.

City On our Knees

I told you a few weeks ago about a new book that I got for Christmas.  It's called "City On Our Knees" and it's by Toby Mac (you know who that is right).  It is great book that shares stories of people just like you and me who stand up and make a difference.  I wanted to share with you one of the stories from the book and I hope it can inspire you like it did me.  

Top 25 Christian songs of 2010!

I have been saying for several weeks that we would post the top 25 songs of 2010 that we counted down at the beginning of January. Well after some issues, we are finally ready to post it. So, here you go, a review of the top 25 songs of 2010!

1. All of Creation- MercyMe

2. What Faith Can Do- Kutless

3. Get Back Up- TobyMac

4. Before the Morning- Josh Wilson

5. Our God- Chris Tomlin

6. Born Again- Newsboys

7. Until The Whole World Hears- Casting Crowns

8. Lead Me- Sanctus Real

9. Hold Us Together- Matt Maher

It's a new year!

I mentioned on the show today that I would share with you Addison Road's thoughts for the new year. So, here are Jenny's thoughts for 2011!

One year since Haiti

This past week on Joyful Noise I discussed how this week is the anniversary of the earthquake in Haiti.   From what I understand the situation is better, but there are still many needs of the people of Haiti.  I discussed several organizations that are continuing to work in Haiti and share the Gospel.  I wanted to share some of them with you so you can get involved and help.  Please check out these great organizations that are helping Haiti:

-Samaritan's Purse:

-Compassion International:

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!!

It seems like Christmas has just crept up on me this year.  So far this month we have started Joyful Noise, welcomed Chris Tomlin to Evansville, and my church has had their annual Living Nativity.  Christmas is right around the corner.  This season is such a great time of year, but it can also be very busy and downright stressful.  We have to get Christmas gifts, attend all the holiday parties and gatherings, and still keep Peace on Earth.  Not to mention, Christmas can also be a very difficult time for many people who have lost loved ones in the past year.

Coming Soon!

Joyful Noise will be coming in November!  We will feature great, new Christian music, local church and community events and concerts coming to the area. Churches and businesses have the opportunity to get involved.  Email Ben Smith for more information. (

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