ApologetiX in Pennsylvania, Texas, Ohio, Teen Mania, Etc.
Thu., Mar. 1. 2001 2:10am EST
What are YOU doing?
J. Jackson, lead singer for ApologetiX (That Christian Parody Band) here again with an update. Last week, we had a problem with our e-mail server, and I sent out an e-mail that didn't reach you until a day later -- and when it was too late to do anything about the first item. This week, we should have no problems like that.
By the way, thanks to all of the folks who came to see us in Lancaster, OH, last week. They had triple the expected attendance for the show! We were blown away, and everybody sure made us feel welcome and very blessed!
1. ApologetiX in Concert AGAIN on the Net (But Twice as Much) -- Tonight & Friday Morning
2. Concert This Weekend Near Pittsburgh (Monaca, PA)
3. Texas Tour Next Week (Austin, Abilene, Houston)
4. Concert Next Month with KLTY in Dallas
5. Other Upcoming Concerts in Eastern PA and in Ohio
6. ApologetiX Makes Bestsellers List
7. ApologetiX at Teen Mania's Acquire the Fire & Chalmers Music Seminars
8. What About Our Motives?
1. APOLOGETIX VIDEO STREAMING ON THE NET -- TONIGHT & FRIDAY MORNING (www.thestreamtv.com)
Starting today, Thursday, March 1, every hour, you can watch the ApologetiX showcase video (it's streaming, so you won't have big slow download time) on the Internet, starting at 6:30 p.m. till 6:30 a.m. tomorrow. The video features live concert footage, interviews and the studio video for our "One Way," parody of the song "One Week" by the Barenaked Ladies. The video will be shown by the Canadian company that produces the globally broadcast shows, "Quick Study," "Just the Facts," and "The Adventures of Enoch." To see the video (it's 25 minutes long) at any of the times mentioned above go to www.thestreamtv.com
2. CONCERT THIS WEEKEND NEAR PITTSBURGH
ApologetiX will be staying close to home base this weekend as we do a concert in Monaca (No, it's Mo-NAK-a, not MON-a-ka), just 30 miles away from Pittsburgh.
Sat., March 3, 2001 at 7:00 p.m. North Branch Presbyterian Church 139 N. Branch Monaca, PA 15061 Contact: Jeremy Higgins 724-375-7415
DIRECTIONS >>From Downtown Pittsburgh: Take I-279 S to Rt. 22/30 and go west for 10 miles. Take Rt. 60 NW for 20 miles. Continue on ramp at sign reading "Exit 12 PA-18 to Monaca / Shippingport" and go Northeast for 0.3 miles. Bear right on PA-18 and go East for 0.4 miles. Bear right and go Southeast for 400 feet. Bear right on Brodhead Rd and go South for 900 feet. Turn left and go Southeast for 70 feet. Turn left on N Branch Rd and go Northeast for 0.2 miles to 139 N Branch Rd.
3. TEXAS TOUR NEXT WEEK Boy, do we get a lot of e-mail from Texas. We know it's a big state, but even so, we get an enormous amount of response from the Lone Star folks. Next week, we do a mini-tour of Texas (We'll be back in Texas in April for a concert in Dallas, too.) You're all invited to come see us in concert and meet the band afterward! If you've never been to an ApologetiX concert, you need to know that we like to meet our fans and friends, so we're always around after the concert to do just that. You won't have to hunt for us! Come on out and check us out!
Fri, March 9, 2001 Sponsored by KNLE Candle 88 Great Hills Baptist 10500 Jollyville Road Austin, 78759 Contact KNLE 515-257-8881 or 1-800-647-4401 email@example.com
Sat., March 10, 2001 at 7:30 p.m. KGNZ Anniversay Concert Abilene Civic Center 1100 N. 6th Abilene, TX 79601 Contact: Doug Harris 915-673-3045
Sun., March 11, 2001 at 6 p.m. Christian Life Center 12330 Vickery Houston TX 77039 281-442-3584 Contact: Pastor Richard Rodriguez Contact: Sen. Assoc. Pastor Eugenia
4. CONCERT NEXT MONTH IN DALLAS WITH KTLY
Next month, we play a concert in Dallas in conjunction with the top Christian radio station in the United States, KTLY in Dallas! Last year, KTLY sponsored a Christian music event attended by 170,000 people. More information to come, but we thought we'd give you a heads up!
Fri., April 27, 2001 at 7 p.m. Equally Yoked Singles Sponsored by KLTY Speedzone Race Track Dallas TX
5. OTHER UPCOMING CONCERTS IN EASTERN PA AND IN OHIO
Sat., March 24, 2001 at 7 p.m. Ursinus College 777 Main St. Collegeville, PA 19426 Contact: Intervarsity Christian Fellowship Brian Marks 610-409-3056
Fri., April 6, 2001 at 8 p.m. Finegan Fieldhouse Franciscan University 1235 University Blvd. Steubenville, OH Contact: Lisa McInnis, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Sat., April 28, 2001 at 7 p.m. (With Geoff Moore and Duffy Robbins) Lansdale United Methodist Church 300 North Broad Street Lansdale, PA 19446 Contact: Mike Rau 215-258-5275
6. APOLOGETIX MAKES BESTSELLERS LIST
We just got word that "Spoofernatural" made the inventory list of bestsellers by major Christian music distributor Ingram-Spring Arbor! Kevin, the buyer at Ingram, was interviewed for one of their magazines, and when they asked him what he was listening to, he mentioned "Spoofernatural"! His interview will be in the March/April issue that goes out to all stores. Very cool!
Our retail sales coordinator, Tim Hetchler, recently got off the phone with a store in Wisconsin where a woman told him that ApologetiX is the second most popular group that customers are looking for on the "ReSound" system to listen to at the store.
7. APOLOGETIX AT TEEN MANIA'S ACQUIRE THE FIRE AND CHALMERS MUSIC SEMINARS
ApologetiX has been getting a lot of exposure recently from Phil Chalmers of Chalmers Music Seminars, who talk to teens and parents about the lyrics in today's secular music and its effect on the listener. Phil presents a very fair perspective and he always offers Christian alternatives for listeners. He speaks at many of the large Christian music festivals and at the massive Acquire the Fire youth rallies sponsored by Teen Mania Ministries. Phil was introduced to ApologetiX last spring, and since then, he has been featuring our music at his shows and selling our CDs afterward.
We recently got a call from Phil's wife, Barb, who said she was already out of their first order of "Spoofernatural," and she wanted 100 more. She said they LOVE the new CD. She said also said they'd played our parody "Livin' What Jesus Spoke Of" in front of 6,000 people at Acquire the Fire the previous night and the "audience roared."
Phil's video, "Music to Die For," is an excellent tool, and he has just released a compilation CD, "Music to LIVE for," featuring Christian bands that he recommends. We're honored to have the ApologetiX hit, "Enter Samson," featured on that CD. To find out more about Chalmers Music Seminars, go to www.chalmersmusic.com.
8. WHAT ABOUT OUR MOTIVES?
You know, when we send out these e-mails and tell you about concerts and airplay and stores, etc., sometimes people who don't know as well might wonder about our motives.
ApologetiX has a simple two-fold mission:
1. To teach Christians more about their faith and how to share it with others.
2. To reach those who don't know Christ with the message of salvation.
I think those who know us personally will affirm that we do what we do for the right reasons. I get asked many times what I want God to do with me in the future, and I always say, I don't care if the music goes by the wayside, because the thing I love the most is the Bible teaching and evangelism. I won't necessarily be a singer forever, but I will be a preacher forever. And I know the rest of the band members feel the same way. As they can attest to, the business end of things in Christian music is a big hassle, and as a Christian, I really don't get much of a thrill from fame. I'm married and have a four-year-old daughter, for Pete's sake. And God is no respecter of persons. We do this because we feel we have been called to do it, and because God continues to bless our ministry, but not because we want to be superstars.
Believe me, we DON'T get lost in some Christian rock star dream. But to share the news of ways in which God is blessing us, we also have to share news about ways in which He is allowing us to get the message out. Please realize that three out of four of the guys work full time jobs and give up their free time to drive hundreds of miles to play. This is not some glamour thing. But it is a wonderful honor, and we never want to take it for granted. Thank you for your support, prayers and friendship!
That's all for now! Keep in touch!
-- J. Jackson Lead Singer/Lyricist ApologetiX (That Christian Parody Band) www.apologetix.com email@example.com
Philippians 2:5-8 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.