Friday, February 27, 2015

Join us for Beyond the Mask in NYC... or anywhere in the US

You are invited to see the movie, Beyond the Mask!
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Beyond the Mask is a revolutionary new family film that brings history to life in a faith-filled adventure that celebrates grace, liberty, and true freedom that can only be found in Christ.
Rich Swingle plays the doctor who nurses a repentant assassin back to health in a village where he is thought to be the new pastor. He must dig into Scripture in order to preach, and runs headlong into Grace.

Adventure. Romance. Patriotism. Faith,
and Family values.

This is the upcoming movie, Beyond the Mask!
Synopsis: The leading mercenary for the British East India Company, Will Reynolds has just been double-crossed and now is on the run to the American Colonies.

Working to redeem his name and win back the affections of the woman with whom he's never been fully truthful, Will must gain the trust and help of his beloved Charlotte - and Ben Franklin - as he races against time to defuse a plot of historical proportions.

You can watch the movie trailer and more by visiting the link below.


“A film that will give Hollywood a run for its money!”

- Stephen Kendrick // Producer of Fireproof and Courageous
ONE NIGHT ONLY
Monday, April 6 @ 7:30PM
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Union Square Stadium 14, NYC
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  • There will be no "previews" with material that is inappropriate for families.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Receive All

Joyce preaches on Romans 15:7-13. Pastor Jim Warren opens with a reading from Psalm 9 and shares announcements. He also prays for the Ukraine. Tim B., who led worship, prays for the families of the 20 Egyptian martyrs.



Pastor Joyce mentions our denominational position on women in ministry. Here is that link: Why women pastors?

Join us April 6 for Beyond the Mask.



See more preview videos and order your tickets at RichDrama.com/BeyondTheMask. Reserve now to insure that the film is shown.

This service is available for download free on iTunes, where you can also subscribe to our podcast. Search for "Westchester Chapel" on the iTunes Store.

If you've been blessed by the ministry of Westchester Chapel we'd be blessed by any contribution, which could help us continue our work for the Lord.

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WCCC Worship 2/22/15 by RichS on Grooveshark

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Photo of Joyce courtesy of NicolettiPhoto.com.


Now taking applications for the Rocky Mountain Christian Filmmakers Camp and sign-ups for Engage Rio.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Michael Day

With Mike with the van he never let me drive. I believe it's in front of his
parents' home.

Mike with our host in the depths
of Hexham Abbey
before my performance at
Queen's Hall.
I was just shocked to learn that Michael Day​, who managed my tour of A Clear Leading through England 14 years ago, just died of heart failure. He was a physical trainer, and one of the healthiest people I've ever met!

If you're waiting to give your heart to the Lord, don't bet your eternity on later. I now treasure more than ever the long conversations Mike and I had about the Lord on that 16-city tour.

Why not give your life to the Lord now.

Mike in Plymouth, Devon,
with our host at that
performance.
Favorite memories with Mike
His creative excuses for not letting me drive: Mike: "You're not on the insurance." Hundreds of miles roll by. Me: "There's the rental shop!" Mike: "Yeah, but because you're an actor they might assume you'll connect with other actors and make mischief." Me: "You just don't want me to drive." Turns out his father was a lorry driver, and one morning he met a car coming off the slip THE WRONG WAY after traveling at least 14 miles on the wrong side of the expressway!  He was sure that the "wrong way" driver was a foreigner so my chances of driving on that trip were zero.

Mike atop Hadrian's
Wall.
The incident that landed me in Martha Bolton's book Living It Down by Laughing It Up: On the way out of one host's home the lady of the house asked how I was able to pack all of my costumes, props and clothes in one suitcase. Mike said, "That's because he only brought one pair of pants." I proudly smiled at the ingenious packing plan I'd shared with Mike early in the tour, but a few hours up the road I remembered that in England pants are what you wear under your trousers! I was relieved to know that our hosts had spent enough time in the States to know that I didn't do laundry every other day... or worse.

One night we were parking, and I mentioned to Mike and his daughter Rachel (who was with us at the time) that in the States I had never seen anyone park on the sidewalk. "It's a path," Rachel corrected. Me: "What?" Rachel: "It's not a sidewalk, it's a path." Between Mike's family and the many wonderful people I met on that journey I picked up 21 new British phrases on the 21 days of the tour. They were all things I'd never heard before at that time of my life.

Mike was insistent on some cardio work before stretching, so my acting students have Mike to thank for many of the regulars in my warm-up routines.

Though I haven't seen Mike in almost 15 years, thanks to Facebook we reconnected rather recently, and I just sobbed and sobbed when I read the news of his death. It's amazing the impact one soul can have on another. My prayers and condolences cross the Pond to Linda and his girls and all who knew and appreciated him.

Monday, February 16, 2015

The Word of God Visualized

Our Pastor, Jim Warren just launched WOHHStudios.com: The Word of God Visualized. His first offering is a pamphlet on The Armor of God. Here's the direct link.


Now taking applications for the Rocky Mountain Christian Filmmakers Camp and sign-ups for Engage Rio.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Old Fashioned

I clapped and cheered so loudly when I saw this trailer. We're heading out now to see it on Times Square...



We just loved it. I've been praying for a film like this for decades. It lays out the principles which helped Joyce and I build a fantastic marriage that has been getting better and better as the years go by.

Seems it's answering a great many prayers! It broke the box office record for per screen: Over $1M in less than 300 theaters!


After it was over we struck up a conversation with two single women sitting behind us. They were concerned because it seemed that the man and the woman in the movie were unequally yoked.

This was a concern of mine as well, and it was the only thing that kept me from bursting out with applause at the end. But my brilliant bride pointed out that he was not in a grace-based relationship with the Lord at the start of the movie. Through the course of the story we see her digging into Scripture, breaking her old patterns, and leading him in a path of truly accepting Christ's forgiveness. Though the movie doesn't make it clear, there is a strong sense in which they will both enter marriage as Believers.

Looking at it another way, I pointed out to the women we met in the theatre, that by following the principles of building a friendship first, the man allowed the woman to fall in love with the One who made the man so special.

We ended up praying with those young women right there in the Times Square theater,  quite loudly once the ads for the next showing began. We prayed they would find men who respected them the way the man in the film respected the woman.

Rated PG-13 for some thematic material.

Christians might want to know:
* A dreamcatcher is displayed
* Characters are shown drinking alcohol and in various states of sobriety
* A woman dances suggestively and starts to strip (but doesn't get very far)
* A video series is mentioned several times, and it is suggested that in the videos college women strip. Clips from one of the videos are shown and heard, but there is no nudity.
* Past sexual lives are discussed clinically

Now taking applications for the Rocky Mountain Christian Filmmakers Camp and sign-ups for Engage Rio.

Do You Believe?

Joyce saw a screening of the next film by the producers of God's Not Dead: Do You Believe? She shared her thoughts during this morning's service at our church, Westchester Chapel:





Now taking applications for the Rocky Mountain Christian Filmmakers Camp and sign-ups for Engage Rio.

Sunday, February 08, 2015

Walking in the Armor

Pastor Joyce Swingle finishes the Armor Series with one last look at Ephesians 6:10-20. Bill H. opens by reading parts of Psalm 146. Story and close by Liz H. Prayer and announcements by Pastor Randy Solomon.



This service is available for download free on iTunes, where you can also subscribe to our podcast. Search for "Westchester Chapel" on the iTunes Store.

Here's the video series we created the last time we studied the Armor of God...



The last men's group for the study of the Book of Daniel will be this coming Saturday at Dave L's.
During Bible study, Pastory Randy Solomon shared about a boy who had come back to life after being dead for 45 minutes when his mother prayed that the Holy Spirit would save her son. Here's a link to that article: Doctor says mother's prayer restarted dead boy's heart.

If you've been blessed by the ministry of Westchester Chapel we'd be blessed by any contribution, which could help us continue our work for the Lord.


 
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WCCC Worship 2/8/15 by RichS on Grooveshark
Grooveshark is a third party source. If you listen on their website you will encounter advertisements, none of which are vetted or endorsed by Westchester Chapel. We encourage you to click Settings, then Preferences, then check the box for "Only show me family-friendly themes." If there are still ads that you find offensive we encourage you to click the "Report Ad" link below the ad.

 Photo courtesy of NicolettiPhoto.com.

Now taking applications for the Rocky Mountain Christian Filmmakers Camp and sign-ups for Engage Rio.

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Lighting the rocket fuel!

Here are a couple of tweets that describe the fun we had with last night's Graceworks workshop in Paramus, NJ...



Friday, January 30, 2015

Carnegy Hall Hosts Casting Crowns

About a decade ago I taught at the Gospel Music Association's annual gathering in Nashville. While I was there Casting Crowns, who had just made a grand entrance to the recording industry with LifeSong, were featured in a concert of upcoming bands. They shared how they were still working with the youth of their church. As I've watched them grow in prominence over the years to become the top-selling Christian group since 2007 I assumed they'd left their church jobs behind.

On Saturday Joyce and I were given a surprise gift: tickets to Casting Crown's concert at Carnegie Hall. Early in the evening lead singer, Mark Hall, shared that they continue to keep their church jobs! That level of servanthood permeated the whole evening.

Whenever the five packed tiers went crazy for their work they always pointed to the source of their inspiration.

Hall is a master of choosing evocative imagery to move hearts and minds, and that extends beyond their lyrics. While introducing "Thrive" (the one song that's not yet on Grooveshark and is therefore missing from the lineup below) Hall told how they took their 60-person youth group to New Orleans to help clean up after Hurricane Katrina. The youth were climbing into a giant tree, and the youth workers were concerned until a gentleman told them the 300-year-old tree had a root system that matched the branches. He said it wouldn't be coming down any time soon, despite the devastation all around it. Soon all 60 youth were playing in its branches. Hall used the imagery to tell how we need a deep root system in the Word and in our prayer and devotional life, or we will be toppled by the storms of life. He also pointed out how some grow deep but never branch out into the world to bring Life to the dying world around them. He said a healthy Christian is like that tree: equally deep and tall. We shouldn't just survive, we should thrive.

In the Grooveshark lineup there's another song I couldn't find, at least recorded by Casting Crowns: "Beulah Land." I chose Mississippi John Hurt's version. Since Mark Hall grew up one state over, in Alabama, it seemed appropriate. Mark sang the song solo and a'cappella, and afterward he explained that he sang it with his family as he was growing up, and it was one of the songs that awakened him to his calling. Then he asked his parents to stand. They were sitting with the 200+ chorus behind them. It was an extraordinary moment as he honored his parents.

The chorus was made up of people from 44 states, Mexico and Canada. Between them and the band was an orchestra. At the top of the second act they honored the orchestra. They stepped back and let them have their Carnegie Hall moment.

The orchestra and choir made the venue resound in a way that we'll never forget. Carnegie Hall has hosted the best musicians in the world for generations. To hear the Gospel and the praise of our Lord resounding with some of the most perfect acoustics on the planet was so encouraging and profound.

At the intermission I heard an encouraging comment from one of the ushers. She'd never seen so many in the line to the men's room! That tells me there's a growing number of men investing in their growth in Christ. That's very exciting!

We called them back twice for encores. When they came back the first time they sang the last two songs in the lineup below. When they came back again Hall told us how the world rates us on the level of stage upon which we perform, but the Lord doesn't see it that way. He gave glory to God for the opportunity to perform in such a venue, but he quickly turned it to the audience. He said your greatest stage is the person sitting beside you. God has placed each of us where he expects us to do our very best to share the love of Christ with those he brings into our path.

Casting Crowns at Carnegie Hall by RichS on Grooveshark
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Now taking applications for the Rocky Mountain Christian Filmmakers Camp and sign-ups for Engage Rio.

 

Thursday, January 29, 2015

John Forbes featured in pre-Rocky Mountain Christian Filmmakers Camp videos

John Forbes' performance of William Booth for a reading in an upcoming Broadway musical about how Booth began The Salvation Army was literally put on ice for the recent blizzard, but he was willing to take some time to talk with our students in the context of one of our teaching videos, addressing the critical importance of staying in the present moment when performing. John is an international and Off-Broadway producer, and he's performed on and Off-Broadway and around the world. He even helped the king of the Zulu nation produce a musical in South Africa! 

The online teaching modules are available exclusively to those registered for the camp.

Tomorrow is the last day of the Early Bird Deadline (January 31). Save $150 for one week, $350 for two: www.ChristianFilmmakersCamp.com.



Now taking applications for the Rocky Mountain Christian Filmmakers Camp and sign-ups for Engage Rio.

 

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Bev Holloway to address students of the Rocky Mountain Christian Filmmakers Camp


Beverly Holloway has agreed to meet with students of the Rocky Mountain Christian Filmmakers Camp via video conference. She'll talk about her work as a casting director and then field questions from our students. Beverly is known for her work on The Ultimate Gift (starring Abigail Breslin and James Garner), Like Dandelion Dust (starring Barry Pepper and Academy Award-winner Mira Sorvino), and the upcoming Beyond the Mask (starring John Rhys-Davies). 

I first had Bev work with my students in 2008, and I was impressed with her 30-some credits. The list has now grown to 56! Bev is a genius at what she does, and is so filled with joy. She's always a delight. She has often considered my students for her projects, and I know that two of them were being strongly considered for the lead role in a major project. 

The video conference is available exclusively to those registered for the camp.

There are only three days left of the Early Bird Deadline. Save $150 for one week, $350 for two: www.ChristianFilmmakersCamp.com.



Now taking applications for the Rocky Mountain Christian Filmmakers Camp and sign-ups for Engage Rio.

 

Sunday, January 18, 2015

The Armor and the Truth

This morning Joyce preached on Ephesians 6:10-20.



This service is available for download free on iTunes, where you can also subscribe to our podcast. Search for "Westchester Chapel" on the iTunes Store.

If you've been blessed by the ministry of Westchester Chapel we'd be blessed by any contribution, which could help us continue our work for the Lord.

Other Options

WCCC Worship 1/18/15 by RichS on Grooveshark
Grooveshark is a third party source. If you listen on their website you will encounter advertisements, none of which are vetted or endorsed by Westchester Chapel. We encourage you to click Settings, then Preferences, then check the box for "Only show me family-friendly themes." If there are still ads that you find offensive we encourage you to click the "Report Ad" link below the ad.

 Photo courtesy of NicolettiPhoto.com.

Now taking applications for the Rocky Mountain Christian Filmmakers Camp and sign-ups for Engage Rio.