Monthly Archives: April 2013

A Storm Blue In!

The Good Friday Blues Band - (L-R) La Vern Klassen, Daniel Wagner, Angelika Dawson, Aaron Dawson, Dave Dueckman, Byron Wiebe - hidden behind the drum set: Steve Dahl

The Good Friday Blues Band – (L-R) La Vern Klassen, Daniel Wagner, Angelika Dawson, Aaron Dawson, Dave Dueckman, Byron Wiebe – hidden behind the drum set: Steve Dahl

WELL. Turns out our expectations were exceeded again. Over 200 people came to the two services and they gave generously so that we could bring in over  $1000 for Cyrus Centre. WOW! You clapped, you sang, you meditated, you laughed, you cried, you listened and you encouraged us. We are grateful for all these things. Above all, we give thanks to God for gifts to use, for generous community, for Jesus who died and rose again – worship was the whole reason for doing this.

My friend Kevin Jeske took some amazing photos on Friday evening. If you couldn’t make it out – here’s a taste and if you were there – here’s memory lane.

mom and son.

mom and son.

 

Byron Wiebe workin' his magic on the guitar

Byron Wiebe workin’ his magic on the guitar

 

Daniel works some magic too!

Daniel works some magic too!

 

it was also fun to interact with the audience as Daniel was doing here. lots of energy in the room!

it was also fun to interact with the audience as Daniel was doing here. lots of energy in the room!

 

La Vern and Byron's rendition of Calvary was a highlight each evening

La Vern and Byron’s rendition of Calvary was a highlight each evening

 

Julie Dunster was our amazing sound person. Also, she has awesome hair.

Julie Dunster was our amazing sound person. Also, she has awesome hair.

 

Dave Dueckman gettin' his groove on.

Dave Dueckman gettin’ his groove on.

 

Steve Dahl meditating behind the drum kit.

Steve Dahl meditating behind the drum kit.

 

John Dawson delivered that "kickass" sermon - Storm' Comin'!

John Dawson delivered that “kickass” sermon – Storm’ Comin’!

 

This is Lando Klassen. Aside from having the coolest name ever, he also owns House of James and is dedicated to opening his space for events like this. It really was a gift to us.

This is Lando Klassen. Aside from having the coolest name ever, he also owns House of James and is dedicated to opening his space for events like this. It really was a gift to us.

 

Crowded House!!

Crowded House!!

 

Love this creative shot

Love this creative shot

 

When those lights flash - hear that thunder roar!

When those lights flash – hear that thunder roar!

 

Love it that the loudest acoustic instrument in the room is also the one that proclaims PEACE.

Love it that the loudest acoustic instrument in the room is also the one that proclaims PEACE.

 

People nailed their blues to the cross (which we took home and burned later, so they are totally private) It was moving to see the cross fill up with concerns and cares and people nailed them and left them there. It was a moving experience!

People nailed their blues to the cross (which we took home and burned later, so they are totally private) It was moving to see the cross fill up with concerns and cares and people nailed them and left them there. It was a moving experience!

 

Finally, we want to give thanks again: to Lando Klassen for allowing us to use his  space at House of James for this purpose. For his staff who came in on Thursday and Good Friday to serve those there. For Julie for being an awesome sound person. For Art Janzen, Marlene Friesen and Rod and Becky Wiebe who interacted with folks at the cross and prayed with those who asked for prayer. For Olivia Sharpe (not pictured, sadly) whose moving spoken word piece brought us into the heart of the thief on the cross. For  John Dawson and his sermon which reminded us that there is nothing that can separate us from the hurricane that is God’s love. For Kevin Jeske, who took these great pics. For you – all of you who came, who put posters up in your places of business, who helped us advertise by word of mouth, who bought tickets (especially those of you who bought tickets and gave them away because you couldn’t be there yourself) and helped us raise funds for Cyrus Centre, which is such an awesome ministry. Thanks be to God.