Over the past 30 years, WNZR has made a daily effort to share the love of God and his faithfulness through Christian music and programs. The support of Mount Vernon Nazarene University, combined with your prayer and financial giving, has allowed our radio station to grow and reach new people every day. Last March, your response was inspiring as we focused on building God’s kingdom in our hearts and extending his love to others. Your support of Lifeline 2016 has helped us maintain a year-round student staff, make equipment upgrades and replacements, and expand our reach through digital media. This year, our staff adopted the challenge in the lyrics of “Let It Be Love,” by Family Force 5. The song is reflected in John 13:34-35 where Jesus said: “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” As a radio ministry, we encourage you to let your love light the way to him. When we accept God’s incredible, unconditional love and then reflect that to others, we partner with Christ in the process of building his kingdom one person at a time. At WNZR, we have been blessed with your support. It has allowed us to give MVNU students an incredible real-life classroom to learn and improve their skills; it has given us opportunities to expand our reach beyond the campus; but most importantly, it has allowed us to focus on what we’re all about—providing a Christ-centered message that uplifts, strengthens and encourages. Your continued financial support of WNZR through Lifeline 2017 is vital. It helps us share a message that our responses to people and situations should be grounded in love. Our love is the evidence that we belong to Christ! We are asking for your partnership in that endeavor. Please pray about becoming a ministry partner with WNZR. Lifeline 2017 is March 29 through April 3 and we have set a goal of $62,000. Will you help us reach that goal? You can give right now, click HERE. You can also give by calling 740-392-9090 or send an email to wnzr@mvnu.edu. If you are interested in automatic withdrawal from your bank, please tell the WNZR representative when you call or email. Lifeline 2017 press release: PRESS RELEASE CONTACT: Marcy Rinehart WNZR 90.9 FM 740-392-9090 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE WNZR's Lifeline 2017 coming soon MOUNT VERNON, Ohio - WNZR 90.9 FM, a broadcast ministry of Mount Vernon Nazarene University, is preparing for Lifeline 2017. 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 Let It Be Love, based on the song from Family Force 5. The theme verses for Lifeline 2017 are John 13:34-35. Over these last few months, the WNZR staff has been moved and challenged by this song and these verses. “The lyrics of the song ‘Let It Be Love’ are a powerful reminder to follow the challenge that Jesus gives us in John 13 – to love one another,” said Marcy Rinehart, WNZR Station Manager and co-host of The Morning Thing. “We are committed as a staff to first accept God’s incredible, unconditional love and then reflect that to others through our music, programming and service to our listeners and community.” Lifeline 2017 will start on Wednesday, March 29 and run through Saturday, April 1 with a wrap-up day on Monday, April 3. "Our desire for WNZR's broadcast ministry is to extend a vision that began 30 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 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 purpose in their lives." “Being a staff member at WNZR has had a big impact on my life,” said Jenna Potts, a senior journalism and media production/public relations double major from Springfield, OH. “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.” Regarding the theme of Lifeline 2017, Hannah Radke, freshman communication studies major from Medina, OH, said, “The only way to combat the darkness in our world is with the love and light of Christ. Letting it be love means we love so authentically that people stop and see Jesus in us.” Cameron Davidson, a senior computer science major from Mount Vernon, adds, “A positive attitude and love are the only ways to overcome the problems that weigh on us.” Wednesday, March 29, 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 30 years. Listeners are encouraged to call the station throughout the day to share personal testimonies, prayer requests and praise reports. Fundraising for Lifeline 2017 begins on March 30, continues through April 3, and will emphasize WNZR's growth through listener support. Lifeline 2017 appreciation gifts will be given for donations at designated levels. Everyone making a donation will receive a Lifeline 2017 refrigerator magnet. Donors giving $10 per month will receive an official Lifeline 2017 light bulb keychain featuring the Let It Be Love theme, plus WNZR’s 30th Anniversary microfiber cloth. The official Lifeline 2017 T-shirt will be given for gifts of $25 per month. A Lifeline 2017 car sun shade will be given for donations of $50 per month. Many challenges and special events will be held during Lifeline 2017: The Lifeline Challenge encourages families to support WNZR's ministry and asks for a monthly donation of $25 over the next 12 months. The Lifeline Choice Challenge is scheduled for Thursday, March 30, from 4-7 p.m. Papa John’s Pizza, Southside Diner and Tim Horton’s have partnered with the station to offer gift certificates to donors. Matching Challenge Day is Friday, March 31. 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 1, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Lifeline crew is going on the road to reach out to the community! A team of WNZR DJs will be volunteering at Joy of Living Camp in Brinkhaven. The team will be cleaning the campgrounds to prepare for hundreds of kids that will visit camp this summer. More details on these challenges and events can be found here. WNZR 90.9 FM is celebrating 30 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 2017 or who would like more information please call WNZR at 740-392-9090 during the March 29 – April 3 fundraiser. Mount Vernon Nazarene University is a private, four-year, intentionally Christian teaching university for traditional age students, graduate students and working adults. With a 327-acre main campus in Mount Vernon, Ohio, and several convenient Graduate and Professional Studies locations throughout the state, MVNU emphasizes academic excellence, spiritual growth and service to community and church. MVNU offers an affordable education to more than 2,100 students from 28 states and 16 countries/U.S. territories.