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February Newsletter-Sally

WBVN just celebrated a birthday; January 8th, 1990, was our first day broadcasting CCM.  We’ve rotated thousands of songs for almost 16 million minutes of programming since that day.  Our first concert was on June 6th of that same year. There’ve been lots of little memories made over those years.  Mark Schultz’s motorcycle ride with Marci and her husband.  Rich Mullins drinking his usual Coke while performing.  Christy Nockels, practically silencing the audience that night with the incredible quality of her voice, a stunningly silent audience.  Phillips, Craig and Dean going down into the audience to sing a song to Carla, who came in a wheelchair, suffering the pain to see her favorite artists.  Tragically, Carla passed away 10 days later.  Phil Keaggy playing his hair comb for an instrument.  Andrew Peterson strumming an armadillo skin ukulele. NewSong’s surprise ‘pop-up’ concert giving us just a 72 hour notice.  Bryan Duncan getting all tangled up in a mic cord while twisting and turning to ‘Holy Rollin’.  We celebrated Mark and Kate’s anniversary one Saturday night, surprising Mark with Kate sitting in the audience and discovering her as he sang on stage.  Big Daddy Weave recorded a cd here.  In December 2017,Crowder–yep that Crowder–doing two Christmas concert appearances for us.  And now a new memory is about to happen.  We will be hosting our 205th event in just a few days on Saturday, February 16th.  This event is unlike anything that we’ve ever presented for the BVN community.  Singer-songwriter Andrew Peterson will host the evening featuring special guest, author of The Jesus Storybook Bible, Sally Lloyd-Jones.  The event features musical performances by Andrew and story-telling by both performers with support from video from their fictional book characters. For sure, these two have intriguing stories to tell. Approximately two hours of ‘Lost In Wonder’, and I think that concert night tag represents exactly what it will be: Wonderful.

Sally’s book has sold over 2.7 million copies since its release in 2007.  She was born in Uganda and now lives in New York.  Andrew has been performing CCM since the early 2000’s and has written numerous children’s books known as the Wingfeather Saga series.  Andrew was one of our favorite guests and a repeating artist for WBVN since his first BVN concert at the Aldersgate Methodist Church in 2001.

Including Taylor Mason, our 2019 first two events have concentrated on quality family friendly events.  In today’s cultural environment we believe it’s important to sponsor such events in our community bringing family and friends together.  Concerts, specifically events that bring parents, children and grandparents together, hold a promise of great evenings but just as importantly hold the promise of future memories and ‘forever’ moments.  Check out the video information on our website at wbvn.org and get a feel for how special this can be.

The following words are the opening chapter of:  The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones

Chapter 1
The Story and The Song
Introduction from Psalm 19 and Hebrews 1

The Heavens are singing about how great God is;
And the skies are shouting it out, “See what God has made!”
Day after day…Night after night…They are speaking to us.

Psalm 19:1-2 (paraphrase)


God wrote, “I love you” — he wrote it in the sky, and on the earth, and under the sea. He wrote his message everywhere! Because God created everything in his world to reflect him like a mirror – to show us what he is like, to help us know him, to make our hearts sing.
The way a kitten chases her tail. The way red poppies grow wild. The way a dolphin swims.
And God put it into words, too, and wrote it in a book called “the Bible.”

Now, some people think the Bible is a book of rules, telling you what you should and shouldn’t do. The Bible certainly does have some rules in it. They show you how life works best. But the Bible isn’t mainly about you and what you should be doing. It’s about God and what he has done.

Other people think the Bible is a book of heroes, showing you people you should copy. The Bible does have some heroes in it, but (as you’ll soon find out) most of the people in the Bible aren’t heroes at all. They make some big mistakes (sometimes on purpose). They get afraid and run away. At times they are downright mean.

No, the Bible isn’t a book of rules, or a book of heroes. The Bible is most of all a Story. It’s an adventure story about a young Hero who comes from a far country to win back his lost treasure. It’s a love story about a brave Prince who leaves his palace, his throne – everything – to rescue the one he loves. It’s like the most wonderful of fairy tales that has come true in real life!
You see, the best thing about this Story is – it’s true.
There are lots of stories in the Bible, but all the stories are telling one Big Story.  The Story of how God loves his children and comes to rescue them.
It takes the whole Bible to tell this Story. And at the center of the Story, there is a baby. Every Story in the Bible whispers his name. He is like the missing piece in a puzzle – the piece that makes all the other pieces fit together, and suddenly you can see a beautiful picture.
And this is no ordinary baby. This is the Child upon whom everything would depend. This is the Child who would one day – but wait. Our Story starts where all good stories start. Right at the very beginning . . .


That’s a simple message that’s appropriate for 6 year olds and 60 year olds.  The Gospel is simple really.  It can be shared in ways that make it recognizable and believable with simple words and simple tunes.  It’s the kind of thing we like to do. Over the years I’ve described our ministry as a ‘blue jeans Gospel’, comfortable, casual and a Gospel designed to be relevant 7 days a week.   This event is Andrew and Sally simply being themselves and eagerly sharing their talents and hearts. Events like this are not a guaranteed financially successful event for us, but an event that has meaning and purpose for those people that we’ve had the opportunity to care about for over 29 years now.

WBVN has been fun over the years, it’s been serious, it’s been compassionate, and it’s been entertaining.  It’s also been inspirational for all those years, been that for over 15.5 million minutes.  In some way, it’s taken all that time to finally work our way to this very special event.  It witnesses to our believing that God continues to work through this ministry to meet people’s hearts and needs, young and old, bringing wonderfully talented and gifted folks into our community and lives.   Each has been a blessing to ‘whosoever will’ come and experience what God has provided though these especially talented and thoughtful people.

Thank you for all the years– we’ve all had such good times together.  Get ready for another on Saturday, Feb. 16th.

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