MOUNT VERNON — WNZR 90.9 FM, a broadcast ministry of Mount Vernon Nazarene University, is preparing for Lifeline 2019. This annual fundraising effort, March 20-25, is an opportunity for listeners to pledge their support to WNZR.
This year’s goal is $64,000, and the theme is “God Is On The Move,” based on the song from 7eventh Time Down. The theme verses for Lifeline 2019 are Isaiah 43:18-19. Over these last few months, the WNZR staff has been moved and challenged by this song and this verse.
“This theme has come to life for the WNZR staff as we have had the privilege to share story after story of God’s faithfulness in our community,” said Marcy Rinehart, WNZR Station Manager and co-host of The Morning Thing. “God is moving. He is answering prayers. He is saving souls. He is building up servants. He is giving strength to those that are facing temptations or troubles. He is bringing light to the darkness. And most importantly, God is opening doors for His message to be told and shared like never before in Knox County!”
“Our desire for WNZR’s broadcast ministry is to extend a vision that began 32 years ago,” said Joe Rinehart, MVNU’s Director of Broadcasting and co-host of WNZR’s Afternoon Drive. “We focus on broadcasting an uplifting message that encourages listeners and families on a daily basis. Your gift allows us to continue that effort. Your partnership is also an investment in our students to develop their communication skills and discover purpose in their lives.”
“WNZR has had a huge impact on my education and my life,” said Todd McKinley, sophomore journalism and media production major from Fredericktown. “WNZR gives me a focal point for my skills and gifts to serve God in a highly effective way. The hands-on learning in this program has strengthened my skills while allowing me to serve others.”
“‘God Is On The Move’ is a proclamation,” said Rachel Rinehart, a junior theatre/journalism and media production major from Mount Vernon. “It’s saying that God is moving in our world and in our community. As a station, we have seen so many amazing things happen as a result of God working and moving in our lives. When we feel like our lives are not what they are supposed to be, we are reminded that ‘God is on the Move.’ He is here with us.”
Jehane Hoagland, a senior journalism and media production major from Grover Hill, adds, “When I think of God being on the move, I think about God working through transitions in life. A lot of people see change as a bad thing, but I see it as God making things happen. Even in painful situations, God is there. He is on the move during the worst of times. Sometimes we don’t understand why change and transition happens, but it is often God on the move bringing about His Kingdom.”
Wednesday, March 20, is WNZR’s annual “Day of Prayer and Praise.” From 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., the staff will focus on how God has provided for WNZR over the past 32 years. Listeners are encouraged to call the station at 740-392-9090 throughout the day to share personal testimonies, prayer requests and praise reports.
Lifeline 2019 appreciation gifts will be given for donations at designated levels. Everyone making a donation will receive a Lifeline 2019 refrigerator magnet. Donors giving $10 per month will receive the official Lifeline 2019 tote bag featuring the “God Is On The Move” theme. The official Lifeline 2019 T-shirt will be given for gifts of $25 per month. A WNZR quarter-zip pullover will be given for donations of $50 per month.
Many challenges and special events will be held during Lifeline 2019:
The Lifeline Challenge encourages families to support WNZR’s ministry and asks for a monthly donation of $25 over the next 12 months.
The Lifeline Choice Challenge, is Thursday, March 21, from 4-7 p.m. Papa John’s Pizza, Southside Diner and Tim Horton’s have partnered with the station to offer gift certificates to donors.
Matching Challenge Day, is Friday, March 22. From 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., listeners will have a chance to have their pledge money doubled.
Lifeline On The Road is Saturday, March 23, from 3-6 p.m. The Lifeline crew will be working for two food outreach initiatives in the community – feedtheVERN and Church on the Rise Food Pantry. feedtheVERN provides food every week throughout the school year to elementary school children in Mount Vernon who are in need. The goal for the Big Blue Crew is to pack 1,000-1,200 bags of food. The Church on the Rise Food Pantry provides monthly distribution of food to over 800 individuals in the community every third Saturday; plus emergency food distributions throughout each month. The Big Blue Crew will help in cleaning and organizing the food pantry.
More details on these challenges and events can be found on the station’s website, www.wnzr.fm .