ApologetiX in Canada and NY Plus 2002 Schedule
Sat., Dec. 29. 2001 2:13pm EST
J. Jackson, lead singer for ApologetiX (That Christian Parody Band) here.
1. Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it STOP!
2. Concerts Sunday and Monday in Toronto ON and Rochester NY
3. 2002 Concert Schedule Thus Far
1. LET IT SNOW, LET IT SNOW, LET IT STOP!
Let me be one of the first to wish you a Happy New Year! Now, will the person who wished ApologetiX a white Christmas please stop?
I don't know if you've been watching the weather reports, but Buffalo, NY, is in the middle of a record snow storm, dumping a potential 7-10 feet of snow on the area before all is said and done. Well, you see, we're playing in Toronto, ON, and East Rochester, NY, this weekend, and guess what city we ordinarily go through to get there ó Buffalo! Now we're looking at an alternate route through Detroit, which would add about five hours to our journey to Canada.
Furthermore, we're told that travelers to the youth convention where we are playing Sunday have had a difficult time making in through customs, because of heightened security, facing delays that have taken hours. With us taking a 15-passenger van full of people and luggage and musical equipment, there's a good chance we'll face delays too. If you think of us, please pray that we are able to make it to Canada and back without any hassles. We'd really appreciate it.
The good news is that Pastor Samme Palermo tells us that East Rochester only got a half inch or so of snow, so provided we have no hassles getting back across the Canadian border into the United States, we should be fine on that end. But we still need to take a route that doesn't go through Buffalo, so there will be additional time required there. Please pray for us! I know there are probably much more pressing issues in your life and certainly much more important things going on in the world, but we know that God is concerned with the little things, too, and we ask for your prayers.
2. CONCERTS THIS SUNDAY AND MONDAY IN TORONTO ON AND ROCHESTER NY
Yes, ApologetiX is finally coming to Canada ... and we'll be back for our third concert in East Rochester NY with Pastor Samme Palermo of Uncle Samoo's Zoo on WITR ... God willing and the snow don't rise (above our heads)!
My family went to Ontario on vacation a couple of times when I was a wee lad. We returned to Toronto when I was in seventh grade and then again in tenth grade on our way up to Montreal in Quebec. I haven't been back since, except for a brief trip across the border to Niagara Falls in the summer of my junior year in college. However, we are still qualified, if you consider that:
A) I was a big fan of the Canadian-based SCTV comedy show with John Candy, Rick Moranis, Dave Thomas, Martin Short, Joe Flaherty, Eugene Levy, Andrea Martin and Kate O'Hara; Plus I rooted for the Blue Jays to beat the Braves in the 1992 World Series (Sorry, Atlanta ApologetiX fans, but you DID beat our beloved Pittsburgh Pirates, after all.) And I know all the words to "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" by Canadian singer/songwriter Gordon Lightfoot.
B) Our bass player, Keith, LOVES Canada's own Bachman-Turner Overdrive; He even owns an album by Brave Belt, Randy Bachman's group from in between the Guess Who and B.T.O.
C) Our guitarist/producer, Karl Messner, is fluent in French.
D) Our drummer, Bill Rieger, was such a big fan of Canadian power trio Rush that he snuck on stage before the Pittsburgh concert on their 1987-88 "Hold Your Fire" tour, so he could bask in the aura of Neil Peart's drums!
You've got to admit, it looks like we were BORN to play in Canada!
Sun., Dec. 30, 2001 at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
NE Area Wesleyan Youth Convention
123 Queen St.
West Toronto, Ont. Canada
Contact: Rob MacCallum
Mon., Dec. 31 at 6 p.m.
Koinonia Fellowship Church
500 Main Street E.
Rochester NY 14445
Admission: Free Contact: Samme Palermo 716-385-0450
3. CONCERT SCHEDULE 2002
Here is how our 2002 concert schedule is shaping up. Please note that our schedule changes frequently, with new concerts being added all the time. There are plenty of other concerts in the works that are not listed yet on the schedule below. Also, some of the dates and details below have not yet been finalized, so please check with the contact to make sure of details.
To schedule a concert at your church or to ask questions about any of the concerts below, please contact our booking agent, Kathleen Burke at email@example.com or call (949) 770-3001 (Pacific Standard Time). To get directions from your house to any of these concerts, go to www.mapquest.com and type in your starting point and the concert location as the end destination.
Fri., Jan. 18, 2002 at 7 p.m.
Cheerful Heart Ministries
Cape Giradeau, MO
Contact: Jim Hoyt 573-778-0955
Sat., Jan. 19, 2002 at 7:00 p.m.
Fifteenth Anniversary Celebration
Flint Hills Christian Church
1836 US Hwy 50
Emporia KS 66801
Contact: Steve Pearson, KNGM 620-343-929
Friday, Jan. 25, 2002 at 8 p.m.
Heritage Center, Alma College
614 W. Superior
Contact: Lee Owens/Trinity Bible Fellowship
Sat., Jan. 26, 2002 at 8 p.m.
Trinity Lutheran Church
501 Stewart Ave.
Contact: Glen Dawersk 715-843-7023
Sun., Jan. 27, 2002 at TBA
New London High School Auditorium
1700 Klatt Road
New London WI
Ticket Info: Joe Olson 920-982-5386
Fri., Feb. 1, 2002, at 7 p.m.
Sandy McMann/Grace United Methodist Church
49 Franklin Street
Admission: Tickets Contact: Sandy McMann Phone: 814-763-3704 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Fri., Feb. 8, 2002 at 7 p.m.
First Baptist Church of Camdenton
181 Iowa Street
Contact: Rusty Gunn Church Office: 573-346-3355
Sat., Feb. 23, 2002 (Two Shows) 6:30-8:00 p.m. 8:45-10:15 p.m.
Cup O' Joy Coffee House
232 South Broadway
Green Bay WI
Admission: Free (Love Offering Taken)
Contact: Jan Oettinger Cup Phone (open hours only): 920-435-3269
Jan's phone: 920-437-6694 email@example.com
Sun., Feb. 24, 2002 at 5 p.m., opening act at 3:30 p.m.
Eastview Christian Church
Sponsored by the Seekers of God Youth Group of Martinsville Baptist Church
Contact: Rick Hoffman firstname.lastname@example.org
Church Phone: 765-342-3616
Friday, March 22, 2002 at 7 p.m.
Admission: Tickets Contact: Mr. Terry Downes 903-589-3665
Saturday, March 23, 2002 at
Sponsored by KNLE Radio
Admission: Tickets Contact: Brandon Johnson
Station phone: 800-647-4401
Saturday, April 6, 2002 at 7 p.m.
Contact: Kellie Culbertson
Saturday, April 13, 2002 at 7 p.m.
West Virginia Annual Conference
United Methodist Youth Spring Gathering
Admission: Tickets Contact: James Malick Phone: 304-366-5188
Friday, April 26, 2002 at 7 p.m.
Glad Tidings Church
750 E. Grangeville
Contact: Jeff Milhon 559-584-6644
Saturday, April 27, 2002 at 7 p.m. Sunday, April 28, 2002 at 10:30 a.m.
Admission: Tickets Contact: Kathleen Burke
Saturday, June 8, 2002 at 7 p.m.
Spirit FM Crossover Festival
N. Highway 5
Admission: Tickets Contact: Jim McDermott
Web Site Information: www.crossoverfest.org
Thursday, July 4, 2002 at 8 p.m.
4th of July Celebration
156 Breckenridge MI
Admission: Free Contact: Jim Hoyle Phone: 989-842-5806
Saturday, July 20 at TBA
Spirit Fest Midwest - Variety Stage
Detroit Lakes MN
Admission: Tickets Web Site: www.spiritfestmidwest.com
Friday July 27 or Saturday July 28, 2002 at 8 p.m.
Atwood Lake Ministries
6181 Riggle Road NE
Admission: Tickets Contact: John Frazee Phone: 330-859-2578
Wednesday, August 7, 2002 at 8 p.m.
Kingdom Bound Six Flags
Darien Lake NY
Admission: Tickets Web Site for more info: www.kingdombound.org
Saturday, August 10, 2002 at 7 p.m.
Wisconsin Rapids WI
Admission: TBA Contact: Brian Hilgard Phone: 715-424-5834
Saturday, August 24, 2002 at 7 p.m.
Old Bethel United Methodist Church
7995 East 21st Street
Contact: Jason Rae
Saturday, August 31, 2002 at 8 p.m.
ApologetiX Headlines this concert day. OC Supertones Headline on Sunday. Altoona PA
Admission: Tickets Contact Doug Sloey 814-940-0112
Sunday, Sept. 1, 2002 at TBA
Admission: Tickets Contact: Tim DeMoss/WZZD
Saturday, Sept. 7, 2002 at TBA
Ticketed Event - Sponsored by Calvary United Methodist Church
The Palace Theatre
276 E. Center Street
Admission: TBA Contact: Rev. Dr. Michael Mohr or Jon Crothers/Youth Advisor Office: 740-387-6830
Hope to see you all in 2002!
PRAYER REQUESTS AND PRAISE REPORTS
These two are from Chris Rieger, wife of our drummer, Bill.
"Well, it's certainly a miracle. When our friend Lisa Roberts went back for a follow up appointment, she was told the tumors are insignificant at this point. What happened is this: When she went for her tests that showed the five tumors as coming on suddenly and significant, they used a new machine that does better scans. The spots they found are spots that have always been there but on the new machine, they looked large and ominous. On comparison with old scans they found the size of them is truly insignificant. The "how" of it is confusing, the end result is it truly is a miracle. She still is looking to qualify for the clinical trial in New York but in the meantime, she'll still have to get scans done every 3 months. Thanks for prayers and concern."
-- J. Jackson Lead Singer/Lyricist ApologetiX (That Christian Parody Band) www.apologetix.com email@example.com
He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.