Celebrate Easter With Music, Fun And Fellowship

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The Payson Christian Ministerial Fellowship is again planning a special Easter celebration at Rumsey Park.

The group is inviting everyone in the Rim country to join them at Rumsey Park from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 26 for its Saturday Easter in the Park Celebration.

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Dennis Agajanian will be the featured artist at the March 26 Saturday Easter in the Park Celebration at Rumsey Park. Hosted by the Payson Christian Ministerial Fellowship, the event starts at 10 a.m., with Agajanian scheduled to perform at noon. Also performing will be contemporary Christian music recording artist Buck Storm.

The fellowship is hosting Dennis Agajanian, Christian country music award winner, as the featured artist, along with Buck Storm, contemporary Christian music recording artist. Rim country bluegrass band, Mazatzal, and praise bands from area churches will also be performing, along with other home-grown talents.

Special messages will be presented by John Lake and Samuel Bradford.

This is a return engagement to the Rim country for Agajanian. He was featured in the 2004 Easter celebration at Rumsey Park and thrilled the audience with his intense, dynamic and riveting program.

Agajanian has a long list of credits to his name, including ministering with the Revs. Billy and Franklin Graham, Greg Laurie and Promise Keepers. He has also won numerous awards including Musician of the Year, twice, and Entertainer of the Year from the Christian Country Music Association.

Agajanian has been performing for more than 35 years and has released numerous recording projects and videos. Among his music releases: "Come On Home"; "Con Mi Guitarra En La Mano"; "Best Picks II"; "Pure Acoustic Blue Grass"; "Outlaw"; "Empty Hearts"; "Best Picks"; "There Is No Road"; "Just As I Am"; "Friendly Fire"; "Where Are The Heroes"; and "Rebel To The Wrong". Video releases include: "Lord Give Us America"; "Dennis Agajanian Unplugged"; "My Way," an guitar instructional video; and "Saigon", a single from his "Outlaw" recording.

He has been in Christian music since 1967.

The self-taught guitarist is recognized as one of the best acoustic players of his time. He also has a place in the Guinness Book of World Records as the fastest flat picker.

He plays more than 200 concerts a year, but one of his most noteworthy was on May 2, 2002, when he gave an invitational concert commemorating National Day of Prayer at the Pentagon and received a special invitation to the White House by President George W. Bush.

Agajanian has also appeared in performances at The Grand Ole Opry, Disneyland, Knott's Berry Farm and Magic Mountain. Among the artists he has appeared with over the years are Johnny Cash, Ricky Skaggs, Tanya Tucker, Bill and Gloria Gather, Paul Overstreet and Michael W. Smith.

Cited as another highlight of his career, Agajanian appeared and led the music program in honor of Roy Rogers with Billy Graham, Gene Autry, George Beverly Shey, Pat Boone and many others. He also appeared in the 2001 Worldwide Pictures production, "Road to Redemption"

With the friendship and support of his best friend, Franklin Graham, and the Samaritan's Purse operation, Agajanian has built and continues to support three coffee houses in Russia used for outreach. The facilities provide an atmosphere where college students, teens and friends are welcomed to enjoy coffee and snacks while listening to live Christian bands and the word of God. Agajanian and his family also support their "Russian Ministry" which is an outreach that allows more than 30 children from Russia to travel to the family's home up to four times a year.

On his website, www.buckstorm.com, Storm writes, "Before you delve into all the information that lies ahead, please let me briefly share my heart with you. The Apostle Paul, in the book of Romans, described himself as being ‘set apart for the Gospel of God.' That's the man I long to be. Lord please make me a radical for the Gospel! My prayer is that everything in my life and ministry would pale in the light of God's wonderful love and grace. These are the only things that are really important, and the things that will still be standing, long after this universe that we live in is but a distant memory.

"As I share from the Word or play songs, my hope is that these very human actions of mine would fade and be forgotten, and that all that an audience or congregation will remember is a special time in the Holy Spirit. Time spent with Jesus and being drawn closer to Him.

"I understand the need for biographies and promotional material, web pages, and the like. But to be completely honest, these things tend to make me a little uncomfortable.

"I think my perfect biography should read something like this: ‘Buck Storm is a mediocre songwriter and musician. He is, however, an excellent sinner and a wretch who can truly only claim the glory of salvation through the all consuming and unconditional love of Jesus Christ, Son of God.'"

Buck Storm entered the international music scene in 1999 with his debut CD, "Goodbye from Venus."

Storm is a storyteller, and his songs flow out of those stories. His writing has been compared in style to that of Bruce Springsteen, Keith Green, Steve Earle, and Bob Dylan to name a few. In the music you see the weathered, lined, but ever-hopeful face of the American dreamer. He may have seen a lot of miles, but his eyes are bright and his boots are shined.

He tells his stories in songs like "These Sinner's Hands" and "More of you;" there are small towns and big dreams in his "Trailer Full of Crosses" and "George Jones' Ghost."

"We've all got our bright shining faces and the demons that haunt us," Storm said. "People seem to relate to these stories".

In November 2000, Storm and his family relocated from Santa Barbara, Calif. to a turn of the century farmhouse in northern Idaho. There, he wrote and recorded his second CD, "A Wretch Like Me." 2003 saw yet a third full length CD release with "All of God's Angels."

"A lot has changed in my life since I recorded my first record," Storm said. "Looking back it seems to me that, although I was a Christian, I made it my daily practice to sell out Jesus Christ for Buck Storm. Well, now I want and need to sell out Buck Storm for Jesus Christ ... everyday, every hour, He is all!"

During his concerts, songs and stories, worship and scripture, are woven together to convey to the audience the wonderful love of a Creator for His creation, and mankind's desperate need, and opportunity, to be reconciled to Him through the blood of His Son, Jesus Christ.

Storm plays live throughout America, in venues that range anywhere from small rooms, to churches large and small, to concert halls. When not traveling, he serves as worship leader at Candlelight Christian Fellowship in Hayden, Idaho.

His music style has been described in a lot of ways, from Americana to Gospel to Alternative-Country. Whatever it is called, audiences can be sure of being entertained.

There will be free hot dogs, soft drinks, sno-cones, cotton candy, dessert and coffee, plus games for the children, a "bounce house," hay ride and water balloons.

Bring a lawn chair and enjoy the music, fun and fellowship.

In the event of bad weather, the program will be presented at Payson High School.

Additional information is available at (928) 468-0801.

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