Sonrise Notes for December 14th...
...The folks at New Release Tuesday dot com have released a fun video featuring Francesca Battistelli’s song “Marshmallow World”. It’s their take on the song with staff members, family and friends and a special intro from Franny herself. See the video on our “Features” page.
...Colton Dixon is joining Newsboys, Switchfoot, Matthew West, Mandisa, and others for the Extreme Winter Conferences this month. If you want to join them, there is still room for you in Branson December 27-29, and two Gatlinburg weekends December 29-31 and December 31 through January 2. You can sign up here. Along with the conferences, you can enjoy activities in the area like shopping, site-seeing, plus there’s a special Ski package available for Xtreme Attendees at Ober Gatlinburg so check it out now. http://www.xtremeconferences.com
...Big Daddy Weave’s “Beautiful Offerings” tour wrapped up last month in Oak Grove, MO with Chris August, Group 1 Crew and Dara Maclean, but the 2015 version is coming February 13! The new tour will have guests Jason Gray, Citizen Way, Lauren Daigle, and it kicks off at The Lutheran Church of Hope in West De Moines, Iowa. See the full list here.
...The bestselling book “Same Kind of Different As Me” is being made into a movie! It will star Greg Kinnear, Djimon Hounsou, Renee Zellweger, Jon Voight and Disney star Olivia Holt. The story centers around international art dealer Ron Hall, who is forced to befriend a dangerous homeless man in a desperate bid to save his struggling marriage. The dreams of his wife lead them all down a remarkable path, which includes Hall's reconciliation with his father. "Same Kind of Different as Me," the book, was written by Ron Hall and Denver Moore with Lynn Vincent. Lynn Vincent is the author of the faith-based book "Heaven Is For Real," which became a surprise box-office hit earlier this year. “Same Kind of Different” is currently shooting in Jackson, MS. No release date has been announced yet.
...Tenth Avenue North is joining Rend Collective as guests of MercyMe for the cruise called MercyMe At Sea! They’ll depart January 11 from Fort Lauderdale, FL and head to Turks & Caicos; San Juan, Puerto Rico; St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands and the private island of Half Moon Cay, Bahamas. During the cruise, you’ll have meet and greet opportunities, intimate performances, morning devotions, and more. Find out more here.
...Winter Jam 2015 Tour Spectacular is kicking off next month with Jeremy Camp, Francesca Battistelli, Skillet, Building 429, Family Force 5, Blanca, and Newsong. The first show is in Charleston, WV January 2, and then it’s on to Louisville, KY and Grand Rapids, MI. See the entire tour line up here.
...Casting Crowns lead singer Mark Hall is also a youth pastor just outside of Atlanta. Just like in his songs, he has a way of taking things in the Bible that can be hard to understand and makes them easy to follow for everyone. If you want to see what I mean, see an example of how he connects with the youth AND grown ups that are looking for answers at https://www.castingcrowns.com/gallery.