12.31.08 - RiseFest Tickets Go On Sale Tomorrow
RiseFest tickets go on sale tomorrow!
12.22.08 - Rise On The Road Cottonwood
RISE on the Road – Cottonwood, MN– October 16 – 19, 2008.
A tragic bus accident on February 19, 2008 claimed the lives of 4 students from three families in this community. Hunter (9) and Jesse (13) Javens, Emilee Olson (9) and Reed Stevens (12) were the 4 children who died, and they were the reason for our work in Cottonwood, MN. 40 students and 16 adults, descended upon Cottonwood to spend a few days serving several families.
RISE on the Road Work (ROTR) teams visited the homes of each of the children killed in the bus accident. At the Marty and Rita Javen’s home work teams worked on some landscaping around their home. This was a huge task, that was accomplished in 1 ½ days and looked very nice when it was finished. Emilee Olson loved horses, and a work team went to the home of Charlie and Traci Olson to paint a small room in the riding barn on the family’s farm. They also did a bit of landscaping for this family. A work team worked on a memory garden at the Dan and Kandy Stevens home, this was in memory of Reed Stevens; they also did a few smaller work projects.
On Saturday evening the community came together for a Burger King Whopper feed, with the proceeds going to the Lakeview Memorial Scholarship Fund. Several hundred people attended this meal and the concerts that followed. Breathe Deep opened with the first concert of the evening; they had been our worship band for the ROTR weekend. Rob Roozeboom spoke in between these concerts, encouraging this community to continue to love one another and support each other. Everyday Sunday closed out the evening for us in style!
As I look back at this weekend, I am reminded of the worship times, the times when we saw teens encouraging each other and praying for each other. We came to Cottonwood to bring hope and healing to a hurting community that had experienced a community tragedy. We saw teens and adults praying, worshipping, encouraging and challenging each other. The teens who attended ROTR Cottonwood were challenged that weekend in many ways and they rose above and beyond those challenges to bring hope and healing to the community of Cottonwood. We served. We loved. We cried. We worked. We left Cottonwood forever grateful and changed by all we had seen and experienced. We left knowing that we had reminded this community that the time between February 19 and today does not mean that they have been forgotten, people still care about their pain. We may have been there for a short time to bring some small bit of healing and hope, yet we will not forget the people that we met and we left knowing that we were more blessed in our giving to this community, than we may have actually given to them.
12.17.08 - RiseFest 09
RiseFest 09 June 20, 2009
We are excited to anounce that Jeremy Camp and Hawk Nelson will be taking the stage at RiseFest 09. The Kid's Zone will be loads of fun with Sweet Tart performing, many games, and activities.
Ticket Sales Begin on January 1, 2009
- $15 - Advanced Tickets
- $20 - At the Gate June 20
- 10 and under FREE