NEWS ARCHIVE JUNE
The Chi Rho Files: The Power Unleashed
makes its debut with three performances June 16 through 18 at
Normandy Christian Church.
For those who have followed the serial drama which first saw
the light of day in January 1999, the third installment picks up Tira’s
story as she draws near to completing her “Special Assignment.”
For the uninitiated, the
Chi Rho series examines
the face of Christianity by posing a curious question: what if Jesus had died in
1963? What would the
world look like? How
different would the church be?
Would our own neighborhood be a safe haven in a free world,
or the hotbed of Christian persecution?
For the third time,
DIM members worked together to develop an hour-long script. Over a very long weekend at
the end of April, the group slaved over plot and dialog, crafting a
story that demonstrates the growing spiritual maturity of the
characters in the story.
At the same time, in-depth study of scripture not only
informed the content of the script but sparked passionate debates
that found their way into the dialog itself.
Several of the characters
from both Investigations of
the Unorthodox and The
Assignment surface in The
Several new characters appear as well, and the production
even features long-time DIM supporter and some-time-bit-player Jack
Drake. As a
new Christian, Jack is excited not
only about working with DIM, but his
new-found faith as well.
will also feature a restaging of DIM’s most popular play yet, The Assignment. This second installment of
the Chi Rho Files
inspired Pastor Wes Patten to declare that DIM had taken its work
“to a new level.” If
you missed The Assignment
last November, this is the chance to make up for lost time. And if you haven’t gotten on
board with Chi Rho yet, get on
board now! The series
is scheduled to wrap this November.
There were a few nerves on edge at
Normandy Christian Church on Easter Sunday. Worship leader Kyle Moffitt
openly talked about his butterflies before the 400-plus congregation
which packed the school gymnasium specially rented for the day to
meet the demands of Normandy ’s growing numbers.
A number of different things were being
tried during worship on Easter Sunday, not the least of which was
the first serious attempt to incorporate drama into worship at Normandy. Kyle openly wondered whether
trying so many new things at once was a good
DIM members Mike and Laura Brunk presented a tight eight-minute
sketch about hypothetical passengers aboard the Titanic. First-rate costumes from the
Tux Shoppe and seamstress Lorraine Drake completed the illusion
posited by the script for The
Ship is Sinking, specially written for the event by Mike Brunk
and Greg Wright.
visitor was heard to remark to her host: “That’s really
impressive that you brought in professionals for your first Worship
very positive. Greg is
working with the Wes and Kyle to develop more sketch ideas for use
with future sermons.
Keep your eyes peeled!
The drama team
Academy featuring Marybeth Moreland (King to Knight’s Pawn)
earned the right to appear at the National Convention in
D.C. at the end of May by winning
the state competition.
the student-scripted drama — dealing with a teen’s struggle to
resist suicide — took fourth place out of the 50 state entries. Praise God for the way
Marybeth has been used for His honor!
If you think
you saw Jesus at Normandy Christian Church a couple Sundays ago, you
were only half right!
While Wes Patten was away supporting missions in
Viet Nam and the
Dave Stark (Ham in The Assignment) dressed as
our Lord and delivered the Sermon on the Mount for the message in
Wes’ place. Dave began
memorizing the 5th through 7th chapters of
Matthew shortly after committing his life to Christ just over 18
months ago. Last
summer, Dave recited the 5th chapter at Normandy Arts
Fest ’99, and was recently approached by Wes to present the whole
text as an intro to an 18-week series on the Sermon.
Mike Brunk has agreed to
direct The Haunting of Hill
House for Redmond’s
Redwood Theatre next fall. Mike’s recent turn at the helm for
Redwood’s Ten Little
Indians earned him a return engagement! Jenn Wright, along with Dave Stark, has also wrapped her first
season of judging for Redwood.
Copyright (c) 2002 Greg and Jenn