Mar 18, 2011

Missions Inspired Creativity

meet john briggs

Yay John! Great article in the York Daily Record. You are using your God given creative gift for good and for His glory. :0)

Grace & peace, deAnn

Mar 17, 2011

Musician Ryan Farish

Ryan F.

“I take a lot of satisfaction in basically being able to say it wasn’t the music, it wasn’t me, it’s God. It’s such a huge, tremendous honor - beyond all honor - to be able to do anything that someone enjoys and be able to point to God for the glory.”  ~ Ryan Farish

I’ve had Ryan’s album, “From the Sky,” for several months. It’s mostly instrumental with a few haunting female vocals in the background of a few songs. The music is uplifting and inspiring. And I just found out a few days ago, after reading this article, that he’s a devoted Christian and uses his glorious gift as a way to bring glory to the One who created him.

I am reminded of this quote by author Barbara Kingsolver, “Don’t try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say. It’s the one and only thing you have to offer.” Ryan has found that which God has bestowed to him, a unique creative voice, and he’s offering it to the world in His name.

Reflect on that quote… as an artist, what is it that you have to say? Are you saying it through your artwork? Can you consider that God gave you a voice for a purpose, for His purpose? How can it be used? What does it look like to think of your creative journey as an offering…to Him?

Many blessings as you seek God through your creativity,


Mar 13, 2011

The Studio, Wednesday

Hi there artists,

Spring has nearly sprung; can you feel it upon us? Grass is greening up, bulbs are pushing through the soil, and buds are forming on the tips of branches. I can not wait for spring’s full arrival!! The vivid colors that nature offers will once again flood our eyes with delight and I need that. How about you?
This Wednesday, March 16, is the monthly artists gathering; The Studio. Please join us and bring your sketchbook and colored pencils, if you have them. If not, I have PLENTY (of colored pencils, that is).

We meet at 7PM in the Coffee Bar rooms E & F of Living Word Communty Church. It’s shaping up to be an interesting evening as we will explore connecting to God through our creativity in community.

If you will, let me know if you plan to come.

Thanks so much and see you Wednesday!!
Grace & peace, deAnn

Mar 7, 2011

Wednesday Pages

broken lead

Hello writers and poets,

Spring is on its way, can you feel a re-birth coming? The soggy monotone landscape will soon burst forth with God’s most brilliant colors ever. Are you ready? I sure am. I also feel a creative re-birth within me. Ideas cropping up in my mind like the tulips in my backyard, pushing away winter to reach for spring. I hope you are sensing your own creative re-birth as well. If not, come to Pages this week, (Wednesday) and we’ll see if we can’t get some inspiration flowing!!

Here’s the scoop:

  • Wednesday, March 9th
  • 7:00-8:30 PM
  • Coffee Bar room E & F of LWCC
  • Bring notebook or laptop and desire to write!


If you will, let me know if you can make it so I’m adequately prepared. :0)

Grace & peace,


Mar 3, 2011

Silhouette of Grace

About this exhibit:

I have to say, the Global Mission’s exhibit is one of my very favorites of the entire year. Vividly colorful images fill the walls of the gallery and the cabinets house interesting artifacts and knick-knacks from far away lands.

In March of 2009 we did something different in the gallery booklet, The Heart Behind the Art, we took a cue from Acts 14:27-28, “On arrival, they got the church together and reported on their trip, telling in detail how God had used them to throw the door of faith wide open so people of all nations could come streaming in” (The Message). Each page of The Heart Behind the Art was packed with wonderful stories from our church family who have traveled on short-term mission trips. It was one way to live into the Acts passage.

Well, we are doing it again this year. In this edition, we have thirty-six pages of stories from people willing to share their experiences of God and His people. You’ll find stories of faith, trust, gratitude, and life-changing occurrences. I know you will be moved by their words and images as you read through this booklet, “Silhouette of Grace,” a special edition of The Heart Behind the Art.

If you have a story to share for next year’s booklet, please contact me. I’d love to include your experience in the 2012 Global Mission Focus exhibit.

Grace & peace,

deAnn Roe

Director of Creative Arts
LWCC York, Pa