The Art Prize and the Church Edition

e Edition September 29

Grand Rapids Church Joins In On "Art Prize"

By Terry DeBoer

Joel Schoon-Tanis LifeAndrew Norden is in on the ground floor of his church's first foray into the world of Art Prize. Crossroads Bible Church, 800 Scribner Ave NW just north of downtown Grand Rapids, is an official venue for the seventh annual community art competition which awards hundreds of thousands of dollars to winning artists.

"It's a lot of work – we anticipated that," said Norden, who is part of a church team led by community life pastor Brad Klaver. "Being our first time (as part of Art Prize) new things have popped up but we're finding our way through it quite well, I think," he added. 

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This Year's ArtPrize is Fount of Inspiration, Testament to Faith



By Paul R. Kopenkoskey

Paradise Lost
ArtPrize 2015 has more than 1,500 works of art on display at 160-plus venues across three square miles of Grand Rapids.

Since Rick DeVos founded it in 2009 in what he bills as a radically open, independently organized international art competition, ArtPrize has inspired a number of artists to create drawings, painting and sculptures with subtle and overt Christian themes.

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Quentin Schultze to Speak, Sign at Baker Book House


by Ann Byle
QSchultze235Quentin Schultze has spent his career teaching, studying and writing about communication in all its forms. He knows what works and what doesn't, and now shares that knowledge in his new book.

"An Essential Guide to Interpersonal Communication: Building Great Relationships with Faith, Skill, and Virtue in the Age of Social Media" was released earlier this month by Grand Rapids-based Baker Academic, a division of Baker Publishing Group. Schultze will speak about and sign copies of the book at 7 pm Thursday, Oct. 1, at Baker Book House.

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Terry's Picks for October


by Terry De Boer

EVENTS2West Michigan Christian News writer Terry DeBoer surveys the landscape for the area's faith-based arts and entertainment events over the coming month. Here are three highlights for October:

*The Hoppers – The veteran, family-based Southern gospel group

*Metropolitan Choir of Praise – The mixed-voice choral ensemble

*Shawn McDonald – The Christian music singer-songwriter

Finance: Dave Says....


Dear Dave,

I recently tried to cancel a credit card, and the customer service representative told me that doing this would cancel out my entire 14-year credit history. Is this true?


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Etcetera: Watch the Story Behind an Art Prize Entry


artA wonderful local story of how a woman's God given talents and gifts are now being used after being dormant for over 15 years. Through obedience and an ever expanding faith, her gift of art is now being used for hope and healing in the lives of others.

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Final Words:


"If you are limping around on the crutches of feelings, throw them away and walk on the legs of faith."

Ronald Dunn

"The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit."

1 Corinthians 2:14





The Gospel in Four Minutes

Catching Up:

In case you missed it last week:

City on a Hill mission grows with purchase of neighboring building

Training event to focus on worship volunteers

'Sensible Shoes' author to talk about, sign second novel

Master Arts Theater names new director

Relevant Docs



Second Reformed Church visual arts ministry opens fall show

Rockford church to rebuild woman's New Orleans home 10 years after Hurricane Katrina

How fancy street lights could hurt Grand Rapids Christian Elementary's budget

Grand Rapids company influences Hollywood, takes on Netflix

Hooker wants Planned Parenthood, cucumbers out of sex education

Longtime Calvin basketball radio announcer Doug Wentworth dies



Farther Away:

NYC schools close for Muslim holiday for first time

Holy water: Congressman steals Pope Francis' glass after White House address to sip remaining liquid with his wife - and then saves some to sprinkle on his grandchildren

Half of Protestant pastors say they do not value Pope Francis’ opinion on matters of theology.

How ‘Faith-Based Film’ became a dirty term

Planned Parenthood and abortion in the states: Good news in the battle for life




Hear the silence - Dan Seaborn

But the law says I have a right - Clare De Graaf

The Pope and prophecy - Jeff Carlson





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September 29, 
Guns For The Gospel Clay Target Shoot

October 1, 
40 Days for Life @ Heritage Abortion Clinic

October 2, 
Women's Retreat

October 3, 
Out of the Darkness Community Walk

October 3, 
Amazing Race

October 4,  St. Luke's Animal Fair

October 8, 
The Collingsworth Family

October 10, 
Doin' Time: Through the Visiting Glass

October 12, 
Focus on Life Benefit Dinner

October 12, 
Women of the Bible Enrichment Series

October 15, 
3rd Annual Pastor Appreciation Breakfast and Lecture

October 16, 
Rising Tide: Persecution in America

October 17, 
Africans in West Michigan: Reality & Response

October 20, 
A Cup of Dust book release

October 21, 
Acton Annual Dinner 2015

October 24, 
BISSELL Howl-O-Ween Hoof and Woof brought to you by Meijer

October 28, 
Celebration of the Ruth and Jack Loeks Residency Center

October 31, 
Covenant Christian Craft Fair

November 7, 
Craft & Vendor Show

November 20,  The Perrys In Concert

November 20,   Discover Degage


March 4,
Booth Brothers In Concert



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