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Second Annual Feast & Fund Auction Success!

Second Annual Feast & Fund Auction Success!

“First item up: 4 tickets to the May 5 Sporting KC game! We’ll start the bidding at $150!”

And with those words, the Feast & Fund Live Auction took off like a shot! Ringmen circled the crowd of 173 people as hands shot up, bidder numbers were called, and people laughed as our beloved guests animatedly vied for the items they desired.  The familiar rhythmic auctioneer chant swirled around the Student Life Center for a little over an hour until $65,046 was raised to buy the Calvary University students the much-needed appliances and furniture for the Kansas City dorm!

The Calvary University administrative staff and business partners worked tirelessly to make the second annual Feast & Fund Auction a fun-filled evening for all and by God’s strength and grace, the night was a success! Postponing once to allow us to bid farewell to the nasty winter weather proved to be a blessing as more attendees were able to make the “snow date.”

The doors opened at 5:30 pm on Friday, March 29, to allow our attendees to look over the 49 silent auction items before dinner at 6:30 pm. The smoked BBQ brisket dinner put together by our own David Allen, with sides provided by Jack Stack’s, was a huge hit as there wasn’t a single scrap of leftovers.

Our generous gold sponsors Bill & Debi Keeney of KW Realty Southland Partners, Heritage Companies, and Pickett Insurance were recognized before the live auction began. These businesses partner with Calvary for many events,  have done so for many years, and Calvary appreciates the way they continue to support our students.

The live auction featured 22 items and included things like autographed sports memorabilia, processed meat, firearms, exotic trips, and student-made goods.  During the Fund-A-Need segment, attendees gave generously and raised $18,860 which has been matched by a generous donor!

Calvary University wants to thank everyone who came out to support this event or gave in absentia. Your heart for the students is so appreciated and treasured. Keep your eyes open for upcoming information on the 2020 Feast & Fund Auction!

Joyful Tunes of Spring

Joyful Tunes of Spring

Calvary University’s Music Department presents “Joyful Tunes of Spring” on Friday, April 12, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. at Blue River Bible Church, 15608 Fairchild Dr., Kansas City, MO.  A variety of performers both vocal and instrumental, including the newly formed “lux voces”, Calvary Chorale, Music Students, Faculty and Staff.  Music selections range from Classical to Musical Theater to Contemporary both secular and sacred will be performed.  This is a FREE Concert.

Calvary University Chorale Tour

Calvary University Chorale Tour

Annual Spring Break Chorale Tour Slated for March 19-27

The Calvary University Chorale will be traveling over Spring Break in March for their annual Chorale Tour.   They will leave Calvary on Monday, March 18 and return on Wednesday, March 27, 2019.  The Chorale consists of 20 members under the direction of Jeremy Schell on tour.  Dr. Haekyung An also directs Chorale classes at CU to prepare the students for tour.  This year they will travel west to Colorado to perform in a variety of venues, including Churches, Christian schools and a concert in the park.  Along with sharing what Calvary has to offer to upcoming students, our purpose of this year’s tour, is to inform those in the local area about Calvary University’s Innovation Center in Fort Morgan, Colorado.  The Chorale will be singing at the Bandstand in the Park in Fort Morgan for the community to come and hear the wonderful music and testimonies and to get a taste of what the Innovation Center has to offer.  We are grateful for all the Churches and families that are willing to host our students each year for their tour and look forward to hearing how God moves in the lives of our students and those they minister to along the way.

See the tour schedule below and if you live or are visiting the area stop in and hear the Chorale perform.

CHORALE TOUR 2019

DATE CHURCH/SCHOOL ADDRESS
Mon, 3/18/19 Morningside Community Church 100 N Apache Dr
 7:00 p.m.  620-846-2342 Montezuma, KS
Tues, 3/19/19 Falcon Baptist Church 11095 Eggar Drive
 6:30 p.m. 719-495-3859  Falcon, CO
Wed, 3/20/19 Mile High Academy  1733 Dad Clark Drive
 9:20 a.m.  303-744-1069 Littleton, CO
Wed, 3/20/19 New Life Bible Church 2320 S Prairie Ave
 6:30 p.m.  719-583-8393 Pueblo, CO
Thurs, 3/21/19 Denver Christian School 3893 S, Teller St.
 1:15 p.m. 303-733-2421 Lakewood, CO
Thurs, 3/21/19 FREE EVENING
Fri, AM, 3/22/19 Riverview Christian School 300 Deuel Street
 10:30 a.m. 720-767-9399 Fort Morgan, CO
Fri, PM, 3/22/19 Berean Bible Church 211 West Beaver
 7:00 p.m. 910-380-6867 Fort Morgan, CO
Sat, 3/23/19 FREE DAY Sightseeing Day 
Sun, AM, 3/24/19 Snyder Bible Church 22622 Fisher Ave
 11:00 a.m.  970-842-2040 Snyder, CO
Sun, PM, 3/24/19 Southern Gables Church 4001 S. Wadsworth Blvd
 6:30 p.m. 303-986-1527 Littleton, CO
Mon, 3/25/19 Gandy Community Bible Church 304 Gandy 4th St 
7:00 p.m.   308-636-6033 Stapleton, NE
Tues, 3/26/19 Rose Hill Bible Church 1410 North Main
 7:00 p.m. 316-776-2272 Rose Hill, KS

 

“Newsies” and the Arc of the Moral Universe

“Newsies” and the Arc of the Moral Universe

"Newsies" and the Arc of the Moral Universe

When the Christian Bale version of Newsies first came out in 1992, it was a box office failure, and reviews were mixed. It cost $15 million to make and grossed $3 million in ticket sales. When Disney hired Christian Bale to play the role of Jack Kelly, they didn’t even tell him it was a musical. When it didn’t yield the expected dividend, they put the reel on the shelf and forgot about it. Yet I loved it, so much so that I naively wrote to the Disney Company and asked if they’d allow me to write a stage version of the movie. I was convinced it was perfect for the stage! Apparently, so did many other theatre groups, as unauthorized and illegal stage versions kept cropping up all over the country. Newsies was gaining steam. 

Well, just like you can’t keep a good newsie down, I guess you can’t keep a good story down! Disney finally decided that if there was a populist movement behind this story, maybe they should take another look. In 2011, the stage musical premiered at the New Jersey regional theatre, Paper Mill Playhouse, to popular acclaim, and it went on to Broadway in 2012 for a three-year run. It cost $5 million to stage, which was recouped in seven months, and became the fastest Disney musical on Broadway to make a profit. Walt, you should’ve listened to me…feels so good to be right! 

Pushing personal validation aside, the larger question remains. What is so appealing about this story? Why are we drawn to it? Why did audiences come to their feet multiple times in the middle of scenes during Broadway performances? What are those toe-tapping newsies fighting for that makes their story so compelling? It’s a question I always ask my casts, so I asked them. What do the newsies want? “Justice.” “A chance at a better life.” “To be respected.” “To not feel powerless.” “To have some control over their own destiny.” “To love.” “To be loved.” “A community.” “A family.” “A home.” 

And so, the question comes to you: what do all those answers have in common? We live in an age where we see not only young, mostly white and uniformly beautiful people dancing across a stage at Calvary University with these same needs, we see these desires in all colors and all ethnic groups across this globe. Refugee camps in Syria. Human trafficking in China. Detainment camps at the Mexican border. Clandestine schools for girls in Afghanistan. The corners of intersections outside your local Walmart. Marginalized, impoverished, powerless people are everywhere, all dreaming the same dream: Santa Fe. 

Where does it say ya gotta live and die here? Where does it say a guy can’t catch a break? 

Why should you only take what you’re given? Why should you spend your whole life livin’ 

Trapped where there ain’t no future, even at seventeen, Breakin’ your back for someone else’s sake? 

If the life don’t seem to suit ya, how ‘bout a change of scene, 

Far from the lousy headlines and the deadlines in between? 

Santa Fe! My old friend, I can’t spend my whole life dreamin’ 

Though I know that’s all I seem inclined to do. I ain’t getting’ any younger, 

And I wanna start brand new. I need space. And fresh air. 

Let ‘em laugh in my face, I don’t care–save my place, I’ll be there… 

Just be real is all I’m askin’, not some painting in my head 

Cause I’m dead if I can’t count on you today. 

I got nuthin’ if I ain’t got Santa Fe! 

 Jack personifies his dream of Santa Fe in Act One’s final defining moments, “Just be real is all I’m askin.’” So, what is it that fuels our dreams and weaves the common, connecting human thread? Hope. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” This is our hope: God is not only just, He bends the arc. Newsies is a story about the bending power of hope. 

Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 

Through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; 

And we exult in hope of the glory of God. 

And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; 

And perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; 

And hope does not disappoint… 

Romans 5:1-5a

Newsies opens March 7 with an 11:00 a.m. matinee and continues on March 8, 9, 15, and 16 at 7:30 p.m. and March 10 and 17 at 2:00 p.m. For tickets, go to our box office: https://www.calvary.edu/theatre-box-office/

 

Auction Postponed with Many Events on the Horizon

Auction Postponed with Many Events on the Horizon

Weekly Portraits of Calvary Life

Due to the forecast of more winter weather, the Feast & Fund Auction has been postponed until March 29.  We hope our supporters will be able to change their plans or make new plans to attend on this date.  Click here to sign up.

March is a very busy month for Calvary.  The Theatre Department will be presenting Newsies seven times over the next two weekends.  Click here to purchase tickets.  We also have Calvary Days, our campus preview event, coming up next weekend.  Click here for more information.

In the midst of all this activity, Cycle 4 will be ending, and a new cycle will be beginning.  Shortly after that is Spring Break which coincides with the Chorale Tour.  Click here to see the Chorale’s schedule which includes stops in Kansas, Colorado, and Nebraska.

The end of March brings the new auction date and a recital by senior Cherrish Palmer.  Would you pray that the weather has no further impact on any of these events?  We thank the Lord for each of the students, faculty, and staff who make these events happen.  Would you pray for health and energy to abound?  Finally, we hope you’ll consider attending one or more of the upcoming events!

Sara Klaassen

Alumni Relations Coordinator

Upcoming Calvary Events

Calvary Days                                March 7-9

Newsies performances               March 7-10, 15-17

End of Cycle 4                              March 8

Start of Cycle 5                            March 11

Chorale Tour                                March 18-26

Feast & Fund Auction                 March 29

Cherrish Palmer’s Senior Recital        March 29

“Music of Germany”

“Music of Germany”

Calvary Music Faculty and Special Guest Artist, Keum Hwa Cha

February 23, 3 p.m.

Calvary University’s Music Department presents “Music of Germany” featuring a variety of music by beloved German composers on Saturday, February 23, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. at Blue River Bible Church, 15608 Fairchild Dr, Kansas City, MO 64147.  This is a FREE concert.  Enjoy selections by J.S. Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Brahms and R. Strauss both vocal and instrumental selections as performed by our Music Department Faculty and a Special Guest Artist.

GUEST ARTIST

Keum Hwa Cha, Violin

Dr. Keum Hwa Cha is a violinist and violist who has given numerous concerts as a soloist, chamber musician and concertmaster in the United States and in South Korea.

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Dr. Haekyung An

Soprano

M.Mus., M.Mus., D.M.A., Associate Professor of Music, Calvary University

Un Chong Christopher

Piano and Mezzo-soprano

M.Mus., Associate Professor of Music, Head of Piano, Calvary University