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MOUNT VERNON — WNZR 90.9 FM, a broadcast ministry of Mount Vernon Nazarene University, is preparing for Lifeline 2016. This annual fundraising effort is an opportunity for listeners to pledge their support to WNZR.

This year’s goal is $62,000, and the theme is “Build Your Kingdom Here,” based on the song from Rend Collective. The theme verses for Lifeline 2016 are Luke 17:20-21. Over these last few months, the WNZR staff has been moved and challenged by this song and these verses. They are a reminder that the kingdom of God starts in the heart.

“The lyrics of the song “Build Your Kingdom Here” are a powerful reminder that any discussion of building God’s kingdom starts with us, individually, in our hearts,” said Marcy Rinehart, WNZR Station Manager and co-host of The Morning Thing.

“We are committed as a staff to make a renewed decision to allow God to take His rightful place on the throne of our hearts. It is only by making this intentional decision that we can help extend His love to others, truly building His kingdom one person at a time.”

Lifeline 2016 will start on Wednesday, March 30 and run through Saturday, April 2 with a wrap-up day on Monday, April 4.

“Our desire for WNZR’s broadcast ministry is to extend a vision that began 29 years ago,” said Joe Rinehart, MVNU’s Director of Broadcasting and co-host of WNZR’s Afternoon Drive.

“We hope to broadcast an uplifting message that encourages listeners and their families on a daily basis. Your gift allows us to continue that effort. Your partnership is also an investment in our students to develop their communication skills while discovering passion and purpose in their lives.”

“Being a staff member at WNZR has had a big impact on my life,” said Jenna Potts, a junior journalism and media production major from Springfield, Ohio.

“I have been able to use concepts learned in the classroom and apply them to a real radio station working actively in the community. I have been blessed to work at local events and get to know Knox County and our listeners. The experience I’ve had with WNZR is invaluable to my future.”

Wesley Boston, senior video/radio broadcasting major from Orrville, Ohio, said ““Build Your Kingdom Here” is a request to be part of the activity of God’s grace and love. For me, it’s a desire to accept that request and to be part of what He’s doing. I want to embrace the mission of God’s kingdom by having it start in my heart.”

Wednesday, March 4, is WNZR’s annual Day of Prayer and Praise. From 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., the staff will focus on how God has provided for WNZR over the past 29 years. Listeners are encouraged to call the station throughout the day to share personal testimonies, prayer requests and praise reports.

Fundraising for Lifeline 2016 begins on March 31, continues through April 4, and will emphasize WNZR’s growth through listener support.

Lifeline 2016 appreciation gifts will be given for donations at designated levels. Everyone making a donation will receive a Lifeline 2016 refrigerator magnet. Donors giving $10 per month will receive an official Lifeline 2016 Travel Coffee Mug, featuring the “Build Your Kingdome Here” theme. The official Lifeline 2016 T-shirt will be given for gifts of $25 per month. A Lifeline 2016 Fleece Blanket will be given for donations of $50 per month.

Many challenges and special events will be held during Lifeline 2016:


  • The Lifeline Challenge encourages families to support WNZR’s ministry and asks for a monthly donation of $25 over the next 12 months. Those who pledge before March 31 will receive two tickets to a special showing of “God’s Not Dead 2” with WNZR on Sunday, April 3, at 2 p.m., at Premiere Theatres in Mount Vernon.
  • The Lifeline Choice Challenge is scheduled for Thursday, March 31, from 4-7 p.m. Papa John’s Pizza, Southside Diner, Tim Hortons and Dairy Queen have joined the station to offer gift certificates to donors.
  • Matching Challenge Day is Friday, April 1. From 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., listeners will have a chance to have their pledge money doubled.
  • Lifeline On The Road is Saturday, April 2, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Lifeline crew is going on the road to reach out to the community! Three teams are ready to volunteer their help for a community service project. The teams will be working with these three organizations: The Escape Zone, The Learning Center and HopeNow Furniture Bank of Knox County.

More details on these challenges and events can be found on the station’s website, www.wnzr.fm .

WNZR 90.9 FM is celebrating 29 years as Knox County’s hometown Christian radio station. WNZR broadcasts contemporary Christian music, family-oriented programs, sports, news and weather 24 hours a day. All who wish to support Lifeline 2016 or who would like more information, visit www.wnzr.fm , or call WNZR at 740-392-9090 during the March 31 to April 4 fundraiser.

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