Saturday, September 22, 2007

Family Life Ministries Marks 50th Aniversary

BATH -- Family Life Ministries, owner and operator of Family Life Network, will mark its 50th anniversary with a six-day spread of live concerts and special performances Monday through Saturday.

The six-day event, held at Family Life Center, 7634 Campbell Creek Road in Bath, will bring popular Christian musicians, comedians and speakers to the area, including Chip Ingram and Mark Lowry.

"We are thrilled to be celebrating five decades of encouraging our communities with Christian programming," Rick Snavely, president of Family Life Network, said in a statement. "Family Life has been incredibly blessed since its inception 50 years ago. And each year we are amazed at the amount of generosity and support shown by our listeners, partners, and community members."

Bath-based Family Life Ministries, founded in 1957, is the parent organization of Family Life Network and is devoted to strengthening individuals and families through Christian-based radio broadcasting, educational programs, social outreach, counseling and theater. Family Life Network is a Christian radio network of 12 stations that broadcasts in New York and Pennsylvania.

The anniversary celebration will offer events for youth, singles, families and seniors. Following is the schedule:

•Monday, 7 p.m., Michael Card, a writer and composer of popular Christian classics such as "El Shaddai" and "Emmanuel."

•Tuesday, 7 p.m., Mark Lowry, comedian, musician and songwriter to appear with the a cappella group, LordSong, and pianist Stan Whitmire.

•Wednesday, 7 p.m., Greater Vision, described by Family Life as the most awarded musical trio in the history of Gospel music, with comedic styles appealing to all ages.

•Thursday, 7 p.m., Chip Ingram, founder of the broadcast ministry "Living On The Edge" and teacher/lecturer for seminar organization Walk Thru the Bible.

•Friday, 7 p.m., Denver & The Mile High Orchestra, a group of musicians who reinvented the big-band genre for modern times.

•Saturday, 2 p.m., Go Fish, an interactive performance for children and families by a musical trio that creates sounds with just their voices and percussion instruments.

•Saturday, 7 p.m., Scott Krippayne, an accomplished singer/songwriter and winner of the first ever "American Idol" finale songwriting competition. Go Fish also will perform.

Family Life's hospitality tent will open at 5 p.m. to offer food and other goods before evening performances. There also will be opportunities to meet performing artists, hear special testimonies and participate in a book signing. Activities for kids will be available Saturday afternoon.

Tickets are $5 ($3 for those 12 and under) and are still available for select performances. To buy advance tickets, call (800) 927-9083.

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