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New children’s book inspires self-confidence and success

New children’s book inspires self-confidence and success

Authors introduce readers to Mrs. Star and her motivating lessons

CARDINGTON, Ohio – In the first of their projected series, “Who is a Superstar?” (published by AuthorHouse), authors Janet Sedlacek and Nolan Coleman teach young readers a valuable lesson in self-confidence through the wise teacher, Mrs. Star.

“This is hopefully the first in a series of children’s books where Mrs. Star will teach your child the self-confidence they need to be a successful learner,” says Sedlacek to parents.

Every year, Mrs. Star looks forward to the first day of school. As she meets her new students, she asks them, “Who is a Superstar?” The students ponder the question and discuss different members of their community, including doctors, policemen and farmers. They learn that they are all Superstars, and Mrs. Star encourages them with her positive mantra, “You are all Superstars! You can be anything you chose to be!”

Through Mrs. Star, Sedlacek and Coleman hope to inspire children to believe in themselves and achieve their dreams. Sedlacek says, “We want readers to know that they are Superstars and can be anything they want to be.”

“Who is a Superstar?”

By Janet Sedlacek and Nolan Coleman

Softcover | 8.5 x 11in | 16 pages | ISBN 9781481774864

E-Book | 16 pages | ISBN 9781481774871

Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author

Janet Sedlacek has been teaching third grade for 23 years.  She knows that before children can learn they must first have self-confidence.  She works hard to make every student feel like a “Superstar.” Nolan Coleman has dealt with many people in his career and he knows that self-confidence is a very important asset to attain.  He feels that young people need to be encouraged and strengthened early in life.

‘Mockingbird’ begins CT-A season

CORINTH, Miss. … Corinth Theatre-Arts opens its 2013-2014 season with “To Kill A Mockingbird,” 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Aug. 8-10 and Aug. 15-17, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11 and Aug. 18.

            Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for students and are available in advance at the CT-A Playhouse, 303 Fulton Drive, Corinth, or by calling 662.287.2995 weekdays, 1-6 p.m. Tickets also will be sold at the door before performances as available.

            In addition, CT-A is selling season tickets through the final “To Kill A Mockingbird” performance on Aug. 18. Season tickets are $70 and include seven seats to be used at any time and in any combination during the season. Season ticket order forms are at the CT-A website, corinththeatrearts.com; the CT-A Playhouse and in CT-A brochures available at area businesses, restaurants and other locations.

            Cast members for “To Kill A Mockingbird” are Jean Louise Finch (Scout) – Lórien Gray; Jeremy Finch (Jem) – Jake Pearson; Atticus Finch – Sam McDonald; Calpurnia – Pamela Taylor; Maudie Atkinson – Lee Ann Story Sikora; Stephanie Crawford – Emily – Claire Sewell; Mrs. Dubose – Cindi Bullard; Charles Baker Harris (Dill) – Tucker Brown; Heck Tate – Randy Duke; Judge Taylor – Tom Soltz; Reverend Sykes – Vincent Ross; Mayella Ewell – Journey McCalister; Bob Ewell – Keith Sikora; Walter Cunningham – Ben Strickland; Mr. Gilmer – Jerry McCalpin; Tom Robinson – Isaiah Perry; Nathan Radley – Ronnie Bobo; Boo Radley – Jamie McGee; Link Deas – Ezra McKenzie; Court Clerk – Caleb McKenzie; and Spectators: Anna Brock, Melody Credle, Molly McDonald, Claire Smith, Jennifer Stachen, Danaysha Taylor, Dan Travion Traylor and Amyia White.

            Adapted by Christopher Sergel, “To Kill A Mockingbird” is the first of the season’s seven productions. The season’s theme is “Starting Fresh: Tales from the American South.”

            “What does it mean to stand in another man’s shoes? Miss Maudie shares with us Harper Lee’s famed novel through the perspective of a small-town neighborhood in Maycomb, Ala., in 1933. Maudie’s neighbor Atticus Finch has challenged his children to learn the value of human dignity by overcoming prejudice while he represents a falsely-accused black man,” said Cris Skinner, director of “To Kill A Mockingbird” and CT-A artistic director.

“Working within the boundaries of the Alabama legal system, Atticus is assigned to defend Tom Robinson, which immediately draws a backlash from the community. The children struggle with the town’s racism while they also try to understand the reclusive Boo Radley and why a seemingly simple commitment to justice can make a person a hero. The children grow throughout the play with a hope that the future will bring better understanding of each person’s perspective and help bring about an end to prejudice,” she added.

For more information, call CT-A at 662.287.2995 or email corinth.theatre.arts@gmail.com

The Jackson Symphony presents “A Little Night Music”

 

(June 20, 2013,  Jackson, Tennessee) … “A Little Night Music”, an upcoming fundraiser for The Jackson Symphony, will feature a special evening of chamber music along with wine and hors d’oeuvres at the home of Jim and Pat Craig.  The event will be held on Saturday, June 29th beginning at 7:00 pm.  Admission is $50 per person, with all proceeds benefiting The Jackson Symphony. Reservations and payment may be made by calling The Jackson Symphony office at 731-427-6440. Seating is limited.

Three young musicians, Brendan White and Ellen and Drew Story, will perform a variety of musical styles: Classical, Celtic and Scandinavian folk music, with solo works and collaboration among the artists.  They are active, versatile performers who are currently studying at major music schools.

Ellen Appleton Story, a native of Jackson, is a multi-genre violinist/fiddler and teacher, specializing in classical music as well as Celtic, old-time and Scandinavian styles.  She has performed all over the country in various venues, from churches to Carnegie Hall.  Upon graduating from Walnut Hill School for the Arts in 2010, she was accepted into Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, where she is currently studying, and expects to finish in December 2013.

There, she met Drew Story—a phenomenal electric/Delta blues guitarist— and they were married in May 2012; the music that ensued is a blend of Celtic, Scandinavian, and Soundscape.  They currently reside in Brighton, MA.

Drew Story is a guitarist from Houston, Texas who is currently in his senior year at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. He studies Delta and bottleneck blues guitar with guitarist/teacher Dan Bowden. Outside of school he plays Irish Celtic music with his wife Ellen Story who plays the fiddle. He also plays electric guitar in three projects located in Boston: Tales of Olde (alternative/folk), Nightlights (Indie Rock), and the Chris Allen Band (Contemporary Christian). After Berklee he plans to be a performing musician wherever he and his wife land.

A native of Jackson, pianist Brendan White is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music; he will pursue a Masters degree in piano performance at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles beginning this fall. While in Rochester, NY, White played and sang throughout the city in recital halls, churches, convention centers, schools, retirement communities and theaters. At the Eastman School, he performed multiple times in all four recital halls, appearing solo, in ensembles, and with orchestra. A diverse musician, White has performed music from Gregorian chant to Renaissance polyphony to avant-garde outdoor happenings.  Mr. White recently served as Interim Organist and Choirmaster at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, performed solo works and chamber music at Union University’s Benjamin Britten Festival and served as pianist for the Mid-South Flute Festival in Memphis. He will return to Jackson next April to perform Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy with The Jackson Symphony.

Kevin Davidson & UCICC Fellowship Choir To Record Live DVD In Memphis, TN, On Sunday, June 30, 2013 At 7PM CST For Upcoming Release, Something Happens

 

Recording To Stream Live On Yes Lord Radio

 

(Memphis, TN) – June 21, 2013 - Gospel music fans have been moved by the stirring Gospel song, “Something Happens” by Kevin Davidson & UCICC Fellowship Choir.  Already entering the Top 50 on the BDS Gospel charts, the ballad, a beautifully-penned song by Davidson, speaks of miracles happening with just a call to God.  Now Davidson is recording a live DVD of Something Happens, the full CD release of Kevin Davidson & UCICC Fellowship Choir.  The live taping (and free event) will be taking place on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 7PM CST at Love Fellowship Ministries located at 4475 South Germantown Road in Memphis, TN.

 

In addition to performances by Kevin Davidson & UCICC Fellowship Choir, local choirs will be performing as well.  Those not in the Memphis area will still be able to experience the event live, too.  Stellar Award Winning Internet Radio Station Yes Lord Radio will be streaming the event live on YesLordRadio.com at 7PM CST/8PM EST.  For more information about the event, call Love Fellowship Ministries at 901.752.1714.

 

Davidson, a prolific songwriter known for penning songs for artists such as Shirley Caesar and Earnest Pugh, is excited to share songs from the new CD, Something Happens.  “I believe God has given me these songs to inspire and uplift believers,” says Apostle Davidson. “I am thrilled about the response we’ve been receiving from ‘Something Happens’ and I invite people to experience the other songs on our new release.  On June 30th, we will be praising and worshipping God and I encourage our brothers and sisters to share in our time lifting up the name of Jesus.”

 

Recently profiled in media outlets such as TheBlackGospelBlog.com, Christian Voice Magazine, Dove Style Magazine and UGospel.com, Kevin Davidson & the UCICC Fellowship Choir are enjoying the recent success of “Something Happens”.  Penning songs specifically for the church choir, his influence on the Gospel music industry is great, contributing songs like “Fight On”, “I Know What Prayer Can Do” and “Bounce Back”.

 

The Memphis native was raised in a strong Pentecostal home.  He started playing at a young age, ultimately becoming the leader of a number of Gospel music ensembles, including the former Kevin Davidson & The Voices.  An ordained minister and apostle, he’s been called to the preaching ministry as well.  Davidson is the Senior Pastor of Dominion House Church in Memphis, TN.  For more information about Kevin Davidson & UCICC Fellowship Choir, log on towww.theofficialkevindavidson.com.

 

New book renews faith in miracles
Author collects stories of miracles from friends and fellow church members
LUMBERTON, N.C. – Miracles are not only found in ancient Biblical stories, says author Wendy Fields. “How wonderful our lives would be if we always gave credit to who credit is due,” exclaims Fields. “If in these situations we realized that God worked everything out for the good, how could we not be led to thank and to praise Him?” Her new book, “It Was God: Miracles in Modern Times” (published by CrossBooks), aims to inspire faith in miracles.
 
“I am the author, the storyteller, the mouthpiece for several members of my church and close friends who felt inspired to tell their stories,” says Fields.
 
The stories are taken from events in the lives of Fields and her friends. They include life changing miracles that brought happiness and saved some from death. One couple’s child is born without breathing. It takes nearly 15 minutes before the child takes a breath, but she survives and recently passed her first birthday. In another story, Fields deviated from her normal route home and learned the next day that a shooting had taken place on the same road at the same time she would have been driving through.
 
“This book shows us not to take anything for granted, that God is working in our lives every day,” Fields explains. “We are not forgotten and are very much blessed.”  
 
“It Was God”
By Wendy Fields
Softcover | 6 x 9in | 108 pages | ISBN 9781462726998
E-Book | 108 pages | ISBN 9781462727001
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble
 
About the Author
Wendy Fields experienced God’s life changing gift of salvation as a child and is extremely grateful every day that Jesus Christ blesses her and allows her to have a relationship with Him despite all of her faults. Fields is a wife, mother, daughter, sister, college English professor and a dedicated member of the Hyde Park Baptist Church family.
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