One Actor * Eight Characters * A Fresh Look at Jesus
The worship drama, “Witnesses” will be performed twice at Faith Lutheran Church at 120 Faith Drive, Columbus WI on Wednesday, April 9 at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. This one-man play, written by Curt Cloninger, features professional actor and speaker, Jonathan P. Swenson.
In this dramatic performance, Swenson portrays eight different characters (historical and imagined) as each responds to Jesus. Through the eyes of these characters, both comic and serious, the audience is challenged to see Jesus from fresh perspectives; not cold and distant, but as one who was intimately involved in the “nitty-gritty” of life.
Swenson is a graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College and Luther Seminary. He has served as an ordained minister for nearly 20 years. Jonathan frequently performs in community and professional theater events, combining his musical theater passions with intentional evangelical outreach.
Two years ago he launched Paraphrase Theatre, a faith-based theater company in Cedar Rapids, IA. As part of Paraphrase Theatre, Swenson is traveling throughout the country performing two shows, both written by Curt Cloninger, titled Witnesses and Celebrate the Child.
For more information about this event, call Faith Lutheran Church at 920-623-3610 or faith [at] faithcolumbuswi.org. You can also see more about this performance at the “Witnesses” website.
Dear Friends in Faith,
On January 20, 1961, newly sworn-in president, John F. Kennedy, delivered what is widely considered by historians to be one of the best inaugural addresses in American history. It contained the famous line “Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country.”
Kennedy took office at the height of the Cold War. People, worried about the safety of the world and of their country, needed hope and inspiration. The speech is about the balance between power and duty. It calls on Americans to recognize that they can make or break the future of their country. “In your hands, my fellow citizens, more than in mine, will rest the final success or failure of our course. Since this country was founded, each generation of Americans has been summoned to give testimony to its national loyalty. The graves of young Americans who answered the call to service surround the globe.”
We are again in a time when Americans are in a mood to give great honor to those who risk everything for the sake of their country by serving in the military. Nearly every day I see the bumper sticker that says “Land of the Free, because of the Brave!”
Congratulations to the three members of Faith that were elected to the Council. Eric Hoffman, Tom Mitchell, and Jim Schieble were all elected to three year terms.
An additional congratulations to all those who were nominated and elected during the meeting.
With that, we want to say thank you to the outgoing Council members. Thank you to Derek Berget, Scott Mathwich, and Brian Patrick for your time and energy the past three years!