ApologetiX Come to California
Mon., Jun. 4. 2001 1:25am EDT
California, here we come!
J. Jackson, lead singer for ApologetiX (That Christian Parody Band) here.
2.What About the Rest of the Summer
3.Prayer Request from Karl's Wife, Debbie
4.Answered Prayer for Bill's mom
5.A New ApologetiX Website
6.A New Email Address for J. (Sort Of)
8.A New Song Parody (Not Planned for CD Release)
1. CALIFORNIA CONCERTS
Well, talk about going from the ridiculous to the sublime: Last year, we were supposed to play in California, and the plans fell through later. This year, we're already scheduled to play in California on three different weekends, including this one! Here's where we'll be this weekend:
Sat., June 9 at 8 p.m.
Fairfield Community United Methodist Church
1875 Fairfield Avenue
Contact: Scott Slagle at 707-452-8621
Sun., June 10 at 6 p.m.
Oakhurst Community Park
Sponsored by KAAT Radio
40356 Oak Park Way
Oakhurst, CA 93644
Contact: Larry Gamble 559-279-2146 pager or 559-683-1031 station
2. WHAT ABOUT THE REST OF THE SUMMER?
Thanks to all of you who packed the House of Faith church in West Newton last Friday night for our concert! We really had a great time. I went over to our drummer, Bill, in the middle of the concert, and we both said, "This is really, really fun!" House of Faith used to be my church when I lived in that area, so it was great for me to see so many old friends there, too.
Here's our summer schedule through the end of August. We have been adding a lot of concerts plus a lot of extra details to our schedule lately, so please take a look. For the full schedule through the end of 2001, please check out apologetix.com.
Fri., June 15, 7:30 p.m.
(Doors open at 7 p.m.)
New Life Presbyterian Church
326 Raymaley Road
Harrison City, PA 15636
Contact: Lisa Bodnar 724-864-4758
$5 at door
Sat., June 16 at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Prairie Peddler Festival
Contact: Tom Skoglund 419-663-1818
Wed., June 20, 2001 at 12-3 p.m.
Wood Stage Canal
Contact: Bill Graening 330-854-0011
Sat., June 23, 2001, TBA
Shout 2001 Festival
Paramounts Carowinds Theme Park Paladium
14523 Carowinds Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28273-6904
Contact: Richard Young 336-699-2733
Fri., June 29, 2001 at 8 p.m.
Conneaut Valley High School Gym
Contact: John Boratyn 814-587-2127 firstname.lastname@example.org
Sun., July 8, 2001 9 & 10:30 AM (1 Song in service) and 6 p.m. (Concert)
First Christian Church
2659 1st Street
Contact: Nickie Turnipseed 707-253-7222 ext. 224
Sat., July 14, 2001, 8 p.m. (First of two concerts)
Contact: Bob Lenz, Mark Nellessen 1-800-955-LIFE
Sun., July 15, 2001, 11 a.m. (Second of two concerts)
Contact: Bob Lenz, Mark Nellessen 1-800-955-LIFE
Sat., July 22, 2001
Possibly Florida - watch for details soon!
Sat., July 28, 2001 at 8 p.m.
Sioux City IA
Contct: Kevin Gullings (712) 239-5260
Sun., July 29, 2001, TBA
Legoland San Diego CA
Sat., Aug. 4, 2001, two sets (afternoon and evening)
Midland Christian Church
1264 E. Isabella Road (M-20)
Midland MI 48640
Contact: Pastor Gary A. Cech, Sr. or
Project Coordinator Ron Browne (989) 631-3810
August 5-8, Not confirmed
ApologetiX may appear as late addition - watch schedule for details Kingdom Bound Six Flags at Darien Lake
Darien Center, NY
Sat., Aug. 11, 2001 at 3 p.m. (Event runs 12-5 p.m.)
Youth Bash 2001
Contact: Barb Guest 740-699-2599 or 304-280-3792
Sun., Aug. 12 at 12:45 PM
6th Ave. & 11th Street
Beaver Falls, PA 15010
Contact: Don Robinson at "Tiger Pause" 724-847-9640
Sun., Aug. 12, 2001 at 7 p.m.
Thorn Creek United Methodist.Church Rockdale Road
Contact: Tom Sullivan 724-352-3091
Fri., Aug. 17, 2001 at 8 p.m.
Carroll County Fairgrounds
106 Kenfington Rd.
NE Carrollton, OH 44615
Contact: Barb Newell 330-735-2443
Sat., Aug. 18, 2001, 12-2:30 p.m.
300 S. Syndusky
Bucyrus OH 44820
Contact: Barb Basore, chairperson 419-562-8908
Pastor Mike Cole, cell 419-610-8728
Sun., Aug. 26, 2001 at 5 p.m.
Crossfire kick-off weekend
Christ Un. Methodist Church
3300 Austin Parkway
Sugar Land, TX 77479
Contact: Julie Frazier 281-980-6888 ext. 304
Wed., Aug. 29, 2001 at 6:30 p.m.
First Christian Church
710 S. Zane Highway
Martins Ferry, OH 43935
Contact: Rev. Saco 740-633-3615
3. PRAYER REQUEST FROM KARL'S WIFE, DEBBIE
This prayer request comes from Debbie Messner, the wife of our lead guitarist/producer, Karl Messner. They'll celebrate their seventh anniversary later this summer. Debbie is a world class horse rider, and I'm going to let her tell you the rest:
"I'm in desperate need of prayer for my ability to compete at the World Championships in a few weeks. I had an appointment with my ankle surgeon last week, and I went Monday morning to be fitted with a special brace that will keep the tendons in my right ankle from locking on the outside of my ankle bone, but we're still not sure that it won't cut off my circulation during my class. Some experimentation to be done in the next two weeks, for sure. The guy who fitted my brace and examined my ankle suggested the fusion surgery (which would render it impossible for me to ride again.... Something that just isn't on my "scoreboard" anytime soon, if ever). He then suggested I begin raising tropical fish, or perhaps some kind of exotic birds. ;)
"The next surgery that even could be performed to correct the problem with those tendons would literally end my equestrian career (obviously not an option). As the days fly by, I am faced with a tremendous amount of stress and concern for my abilities to keep my emotional well-being intact, as well as my physical well-being. Having such a short amount of time to adjust to the ankle brace between now and the biggest competition of my 20-year riding career wasn't on my list of things I wanted to worry about. While I have done my best to keep fit mentally, there is an amazing amount of strain on my mental well-being, being very concerned about my abilities to perform at my best with a failing (and pitifully weak) ankle.
"The next two weeks will tell what happens with the brace. It feels wonderful when it's on, but barely (and I mean BARELY) fits inside my competition boot. My trainer is in Ohio with my horse until tomorrow (Molly's at "boot camp" with a close World Champion trainer friend of ours for the next two days, working out some laziness issues), so we'll have to wait until then for me to experiment.
"Please pray for my failing ankle - that it holds up under the tremendous strain of competition in Fort Worth, as well as in the next few weeks of training. Also, please pray that the training we have literally poured into my horse all comes together while we're down there. Please pray that God puts my my panic-stricken emotions at ease, and allows me to perform at my best.
"For more specific prayer, the competition I'm competing in is the 2001 American Paint Horse Association World Championships. My horse's name is Molly. We'll be in Texas from June 23rd through July 7th, but my specific competition days are July 1, 3, 4, 6 and
7. The World Championship titles I am trying for are ones I have been dreaming about for about twelve years now.
"I thank God every day that He has given me the ability to do what I love to do, and do it well - ride and train show horses. I often think I am living in a dream world, because I can't believe I've made it this far against all odds, including health-wise and physically. These next few weeks are going to be a true test of my abilities to perform under pressure and strain, and I could use all the prayer I can get to help me through. If God has gotten me this far, I really don't think He'll give up on my dreams just yet. I just have to remember to trust in that."
Deb Messner email@example.com
4. ANSWERED PRAYER
If you'll remember, a few weeks ago, we included a special prayer request from our drummer, Bill Rieger, concerning his mom. Here's a very encouraging update from Bill:
"Hi everyone! An update on the situation with my mother. The bone marrow biopsy came back negative! The hematologist says that the mystery protein is nothing! My mother right now is in a remission stage of her sjogrin's disease which means that she will not continue to get worse. That could be a permanent thing but will most likely not be. The doctors have also changed her med's and she is regaining her energy level. This is all fantastic news and I thank all of you who helped with emails and by praying. I praise God for what He's done in my life and the lives of my family by adding all of you. I can't say it enough. I am so blessed in my life and I never deserved any of it. Praise God for His son Jesus who counted me among the lost sheep worth saving. I haven't figured it out yet and maybe I never will. I wanted you all to know that you are part of the life I don't deserve. I thank God for all of you and thank you again for taking on my prayer concerns as well."
Peace, Bill firstname.lastname@example.org
5. A NEW APOLOGETIX WEBSITE
Paul Gregerson asked us to let you know that he has started a new ApologetiX fan website. If you'd like to check it out, here's the address: http://www.cybrtyme.com/personal/paulg/PaulsApologetixWebsite.html
If any of the rest of you have ApologetiX websites out there and want us to mention them in the newsletter, e-mail me at email@example.com.
6. NEW EMAIL ADDRESS FOR J. (SORT OF)
If you e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org, please continue to do so. That's my permanent address, and it follows me whether I switch service providers or not. You can't go wrong using email@example.com. However, if you have been using any other address to reach me, such as firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org, please switch the address you use to email@example.com or I won't get the mail! Thanks! We've made the switch from using an Internet service provider to DSL for our online service here at ApologetiX headquarters. Karl's already got the cable service at his house, but it's not available where we live yet. He always gets the nice toys first :o)
7. KEITH UPDATE
Our bass player, Keith Haynie, hasn't acquired any new names since somebody accidentally called him Shawn in Austin back in March, but he has acquired a new bass. And he's very excited about it! This is the first bass he's been able to pick himself. Formerly a guitar player, Keith didn't start playing bass until a few weeks before his first concert with ApologetiX in October 1995. And until a few weeks ago, he was still using the same hand-me-down bass that had been given to him long before he joined us. Many of you have probably noticed that Keith loves to wear ball caps, and lately, he's been guilty of catering to the home crowd ó wearing an Indians cap in Cleveland, a Carolina Panthers cap in South Carolina, etc. I don't know if he's trying to start a cap trend like Michael Nesmith of the Monkees did with wool hats, but I do know that he is a sucker for a free cap, so if you have a local team you'd like Keith to promote when we come play near you, maybe you should bring a cap along and get it to us before the show (or throw it on stage during the show). Of course, Keith will be the final judge as to whether it goes on his head or not!
8. A NEW SONG PARODY - NOT PLANNED FOR CD RELEASE
In ApologetiX , we write a ton of parodies, and only about one fifth of them ever make it onto CD. Here's a parody we wrote lately which we don't plan to release. However, the original is a very popular song right now, "Hanging By a Moment" by Lifehouse, so we thought you might get a kick out of singing it to yourself ... if you know the original. Two of the members of Lifehouse are the children of Christian missionaries, and the song has very obvious spiritual overtones. From what I've read, they started out as a praise band for a Vineyard church.
Anyway, we generally don't mess much with songs by bands like Lifehouse, Creed, U2, Collective Soul, Blessid Union of Souls, etc., because their hits often have overt positive spiritual overtones, and we'd rather tackle some of the songs that don't. Yes, I know these bands don't necessarily claim to be Christian bands and often they make statements in interviews that bother me, because some of them seem to want to believe in Christ without being affiliated with the rest of the body of Christ, because they're ashamed of some of the negative connotations that Christianity and Christian culture have in our society. Don't get me wrong; I don't think they have to call themselves a Christian band or make CCM music; I just wish they wouldn't act so ashamed of the rest of the church. If Christ Himself isn't ashamed to be affiliated with the church, I don't think any of us who call Him savior are allowed to be ashamed of that affiliation. That doesn't mean we can't be ashamed of some of things that are unjustifiably done in the name of Christ, but like Paul said in First Corinthians, "On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor."
I try to just be thankful they're putting something positive out that contrasts with all the negative stuff out there. I'm not going to judge their motives or their faith ... unless, of course, they say something that is in direct opposition to what the Bible says. Then I have to speak up. However, who knows what kind of good things they may be saying in an interview that get cut out of the final interview or twisted along the way? As a former reporter myself and a person who has been interviewed a ton of times, I know how that can happen! Anyway, I wasn't trying to get on a soapbox or a pulpit. I really just intended to write a very brief intro to this parody.
HANGING OUT IN ROMANS
Parody of "Hanging By a Moment" by Lifehouse
(Romans 10:13, Eph. 2:8, Isaiah 64:6, John 1:12, Phil 3:13)
Desperate for changing -- starving for truth Romans is where I started -- read 16 chapters through I'm following the Lord's instruction book Gettin' more than all I felt I would I'm staying here until You make me new I'm hanging out in Romans here with You
Forgetting all our past things -- Can we really come clean? I'll take Your invitation -- in Romans 10:13 I'm swallowing the pride I thought was cool I'm letting God do all I cannot do I'm praying here until You make me new I'm hanging out in Romans here with You Living's more than all I see right now I'm gonna wear a graduation gown This tattered robe of rags I made is through Isaiah 64 is really true
There's nothing I can do -- 'cause nothing will suffice There's nothing of this world -- that can change my life But there is something else -- There is God Himself There is John 1:12
Destined for great things -- starting anew By grace I have been pardoned -- Ephesians chapter 2 I've fallen even more than I first knew Yet I know that Paul he fell down too The seventh chapter helps me make it through I'm hanging out in Romans here with you I'm living for eternity I know I'm starring in a fascinating show >From time to time I know I'll need review By hanging out in Romans here with you I'm hanging out in Romans ... REPEAT AND FADE
Well, I gotta go now! Have a good week everybody! Hope to see you somewhere this summer!
-- J. Jackson Lead Singer/Lyricist ApologetiX (That Christian Parody Band) www.apologetix.com firstname.lastname@example.org
1 Timothy 1:15
Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners ó of whom I am the worst. But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his unlimited patience as an example for those who would believe on him and receive eternal life.