Rim Country residents and visitors are invited to welcome Easter in fellowship in beautiful Rumsey Park this weekend.
The Payson Christian Ministerial Fellowship is once again bringing the Resurrection Celebration to the Rim Country. This is the sixth year for this special open air Easter program.
The free event will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, April 3 at Rumsey Park. As always there will be great music, free food and lots of fun.
The featured entertainment this year is martial arts expert Victor Marx and his All Things Possible ministry with a special karate demonstration.
Music will be provided by musicians and vocalists from area churches, plus the contemporary Christian rock group RU Band and a Christian folk music group CaVu. Other entertainment planned includes dramatic presentations by church youth groups and Mark Henning; clowns; and a pie-eating contest.
Especially for youngsters there will be a bounce house, hayrides in a wagon pulled by an all-terrain vehicle, face painting, a reading of the Easter story and an Easter bonnet making activity.
There will be free hot dogs and burritos, baked goods, popcorn, cotton candy, Sno Cones and Pepsi.
A clothing giveaway is planned and there will be several informational booths representing Creation Science, U-Turn for Christ, The Gideons, Prayer-A-Medics, Skate Park Unfolding, Beyond Limits, New Beginnings, the Time Out Shelter, and possibly the Payson Christian Clinic.
Everything is free thanks to the generosity of the vendors and assistance from the Payson Christian Ministerial Fellowship.
The stage will be set for the festivities beginning at 7 a.m., Saturday.
The opening program, by a community praise band, clowns and youth drama group begins at 10 a.m. The RU Band is scheduled to perform at 10:45 a.m., with featured guest Victor Marx starting his program at noon. The CaVu group is slated to perform at 1:15 p.m., followed by another drama program by Mark Henning. Closing the festivities will be Crossroads at 2 p.m.
About Victor Marx
Victor Marx is founder and president of All Things Possible, a national faith-based organization. He has been working with troubled youth for two decades. His presentations as a speaker nationwide both inspire and motivate listeners.
He is a master of martial arts, a former U.S. Marine and he has trained more than 30 world and national martial art champions.
According to his Web site biography he is drawn to help young people of all ages succeed in life by overcoming the negative influences that would seek to destroy them. It was his own troubled youth that brought him to his ministry with young people.
The Web site biography goes on to say, Victor’s father preferred pimping and dealing drugs to child rearing. His four stepfathers were criminals and alcoholics. He attended 14 schools and lived in 17 houses by the time he graduated from high school.
The U.S. Marines gave some structure to his crazy life, and martial arts became a means to vent his anger. It wasn’t until his dad became a Christian that Victor had a life-changing experience with both his father and his Heavenly Father.
Victor’s story is the saga of a life damaged beyond human hope, and the power of a mighty God to fully deliver and restore him through the forgiveness and love of Jesus Christ.
Today Marx uses his charisma and his sixth degree black belt to lead (not chase!) people out of eternal danger and into the loving arms of God.
He established several successful karate studios, and served as public affairs representative for Dr. James Dobson at Focus on the Family. He has a passion for sharing the Gospel while performing martial arts.
Victor has trained law enforcement officers and special military personnel from the Army’s Delta Force, Marine’s Recon Rangers to Navy Seals as well as CIA. He taught martial arts to Brian Wilson of the “The Beach Boys,” and Victor’s students have been cast in movie roles. He has also worked with players from the N.F.L.
Despite all the appearance of human achievement, Victor gives all glory to God Almighty and His Son Jesus Christ, with whom Victor has had a personal relationship since 1986.
Victor’s greatest desire and achievements are that of being a husband and father. While Victor is a “Cajun” from southern Louisiana, his lovely bride of 20 years, Eileen, is a California native and a former Miss Fitness U.S.A. They have five children ages ranging from 19 to 3 years old, and they reside in southern California.
CaVu is Ken and Peggie Balcom, plus an ever growing and changing family of musical friends. Performing as a duo, or a full band, CaVu includes acoustic guitar, keys, mandolin, cello, flutes, bass, drums, congas and other percussion. Each performance is a unique experience.
The music of CaVu is innovative and rhythmic with ardent vocal harmonies. The songs have message and meaning and draw the listener in to ask the questions.
The material is diverse - some songs are thought provoking and some are just plain fun! Drawing on generations of music including folk, rock, alternative, and even classical, this music has no generational boundaries.
The Band most often includes: Ken on acoustic guitar and performing vocals; Peggie, vocals, keyboards, harmonicas and percussion; Angela, vocals, penny-whistles, flutes and percussion; Jordan, mandolin and pedal steel guitar; Todd, percussion and vocals; Jimmy, banjo and drums; Bonnie, violin and fiddle; and Mark, cello.