Thursday, April 10, 2008

Have mercy

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I'm looking forward to taking part in some of the 25th anniversary celebration of Mercy Ministries next weekend. I've been moderately aware of this organization for a while, but was touched when I heard its founder and president, Nancy Alcorn, on the radio the other day. I was already considering attending the men's breakfast, and now it's a plan.

One of the points Nancy made was that without any spiritual element, rehab is useless and temporary, as she learned in her years of working in government programs, and seeing girls return to their old ways not long after finishing their time with her. Sometimes you just gotta preach if you want the message to stick. I can think of a few people in Hollywood that could stand to hear it.

Here's a link to a pdf flyer so you can download, print & share:


Thursday, April 17th:
Gala reception and dinner at Titans Stadium
Masters of Ceremonies include Kevin Mawae of the Tennessee Titans and Shelly Breen of Point of Grace. Special guest appearance by Niki Taylor, international supermodel. Special music by CeCe Winans. Special message from Nancy Alcorn, Founder and President of Mercy Ministries.

Friday, April 18th:
Concert at Belmont University
Featuring Mandisa, CeCe Winans, BarlowGirl, Israel Houghton and New Breed, Natalie Grant, and Point of Grace.

Saturday, April 19th:
Men's Breakfast
9 a.m., Loews Vanderbilt, West End Ave.
Featuring author and speaker Ken Mansfield, former manager of the Beatles' Apple Records and best-selling author of The White Book: The Beatles, the Bands, the Biz: An Insider's Look at an Era. Ken will be showing an exclusive behind-the-scene film of himself and the Beatles. For more on Ken, check out Special Music: Performances by CCM "pioneer" Randy Stonehill and virtuoso guitarist, Phil Keaggy.

Also Saturday, April 19:
"Celebrate Mercy" Women's Conference
9:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m., Belmont University
Featured speakers include Mercy Ministries international founder, Nancy Alcorn, speaker and author Charlotte Scanlon-Gambill, former actress and best-selling author, Holly Wagner, internationally known speaker and author, Christine Caine, and motivational speaker, Priscilla Shirer. Worship will be led by Israel Houghton and New Breed and special music provided by Natalie Grant.

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