Sunday, July 20, 2008

Slideshow of Josh's Baptism

To view a slide show of Josh's baptism, go to THIS LINK.

Monday, July 14, 2008

VIVIT Live Performances on Youtube

Below is a video of VIVIT performing at the mayoral candidate picnic in June, 2008. It was VIVIT's first live performance with their new vocalist, Lauren. She joined the band 2 weeks before this performance and fits right in. There were a few sound system glitches that they had to work through, but they persevered. Unfortunately, as you will witness on the video, we also had some camera challenges as well. My favorite song on this video is "Long Live the King". My favorite song that they performed was "Slow Fade", which was the actual last song that they performed. They did a fantastic job, but we had some mic and feedback challenges... plus we did not get a good video of it. Perhaps we can tape it at one of their practices.

We also wanted to share one of their practice sessions. This is a song, "Dare You to Move" by Switchfoot, that their instructor taught them 4 days earlier. We will tape more of their practice sessions in the future for a couple of reasons: It allows them to hear themselves and give constructive feedback or suggestions on how to tweak the song. It also allows them to see if they are ready to perform that song. They had not yet practiced "Dare You to Move" that day, so this is the first run-through of several, but I thought they sounded excellent. They made a few changes after viewing the video and performed it the next day at a 4th of July celebration on Grand Lake in Oklahoma. And Yes, that is Josh hiding behind his music stand. He was actually sick that day and through the performance the next day, but he persevered.

Soli Deo Gloria

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Fund Raiser For Soldiers & Bind Up the Broken

The band is prayerfully and actively working on a fund raiser for a platoon of 50 plus soldiers in Iraq. This group of soldiers need hot weather shirts that are flame resistant and help cool the body, international phone cards to allow them to call home, as well as several other needs. It has been 130 degrees lately where they are stationed. This hot weather shirt could be so beneficial for them as they are serving our country in this extreme heat... so VIVIT came up with the following idea: (inspired by the Rebelution)

We are working in conjunction with a new facility in Rogers that will allow us, and anyone interested, in gathering support by asking for sponsors to donate money for each basketball free throw you make within a 30 second time frame during this fund raising venture. The funds will go towards the needed hot weather shirts and any additional funds raised will be donated to Bind Up the Broken, a branch ministry of The Shepherd's Crook that is devoted to providing medical aid to orphaned special needs children who are currently still waiting in other countries for a family to adopt him or her.

This adoption medical ministry is especially dear to the hearts of the band members because the drummer is adopted and the Nunley brothers have adopted twin siblings.

If you are in the NW Arkansas area, consider being a part of this adventure by gathering sponsors and shooting free throws. You guys are going to LOVE the new facility where we will be doing this fund raiser!!! (more details will be provided ASAP). For those not in this area, please consider participating by being a sponsor of any or all of the band members of VIVIT.

Most especially pray for this adventure that we will get funds for these worthy causes way beyond our expectations!!!

Details of time and location and how you can get involved will be provided soon.

Monday, July 7, 2008

Just some pictures of us practicing.. =)

These pictures give you a glimpse of how we practice. Enjoy! =)

Get to know me meme from Brandon

What was I doing 1 year ago?
I was being 12 and getting ready to go to a school after being homeschooled for 6 years.

Five Snacks I enjoy:
1. popcorn
2. chocolate
3. cashews
4. chocolate
5. bagels

Five Things On My To-Do List Today:
1. clean my room and bathroom
2. set up band equipment
3. band practice
4. do my laundry
5. work outside with my dad

Things I Would Do If I Were A Billionaire:
I have no idea!

Five Jobs I Have Had:
1. babysitting
2. cutting down limbs
3. painting
4. tiling and laying wood floor
5. cooking

Five of My Bad Habits:
1. losing my contacts
2. losing my glasses
3. losing stuff
4. losing my mind
5. losing my brace brackets

Five Places I've Lived:
1. Tulsa, OK
2. Pryor, OK
3. Edmond, OK
4. OKC, OK
5. Rogers, AR

5 People I Want To Get To Know Better
Way too many people to list!

Five Random Things (most people wouldn't know about me):
1. I like to take apart fireworks and make them bigger
2. I am a crazy freakish pyromaniac
3. I really like to catch stuff on fire
4. I like blowing up stuff
5. I like to go fishing

Saturday, July 5, 2008

My little survey thingy!

Mrs. Lisa wanted me to post this (and I'm hoping the other guys do it, too!). So...

What was I doing 1 year ago?
I was actually enjoying time with my friends. Basically having a lazy summer =)

Five Snacks I enjoy: 1. Corn chips! 2. Cashews 3. fruit 4. popsicles! (although I don't know if that's a snack food) 5. popcorn

Five Things On My To-Do List Today: Well, I pretty much spent my day:
1. slept in 2. watched 2 movies 3. put away some clothes 4. ate lunch & dinner 5. and i PLAN to shower

Things I Would Do If I Were A Billionaire:I would give most of it to some of the organizations that the band has been talking about! The rest I'd save for college, a car, and a house for later on.

Five Jobs I Have Had: I haven't ever had a job, but here are some "jobs" that i've done:
1. guitarist for a youth group's praiseband 2. guitarist for church 3. guitarist and singer for the band 4. vbs snack worker 5. I've babysat!

Five of My Bad Habits:
1. I used to bite my nails all the time (I've gotten a LOT better) 2. singing in the car (or as my mother puts it, just singing all the time) 3. getting mad when I make a mistake 4. snapping at my parents and my sister 5. talking when I should be listening

Five Places I've Lived:
Well, I've lived in only 2 different towns (Berryville and Springdale), but I've moved 4-5 times..

5 People I Want To Get To Know Better
1. Caleb 2. Josh 3. Brandon 4. Mrs. Lisa 5. Ashley

Five Random Things (most people wouldn't know about me):
1. I seem to work better with guys. A lot of girls just like drama. Haha 2. People can read me like a book (usually) 3. My feet sunburn VERY easily. The rest of my body just either tans a little, or the sun has no effect on me! 4. I seem to be the only "teenager" who doesn't like scary movies AT ALL (I don't like to be scared) 5. I don't like change (funny how a lot of it has happened to me this past year)

4th of July performance!

Last Summer Performance at Skia in Bentonville

Go HERE to read about what possible ministries VIVIT is praying about aligning themselves with.

Hopefully we will get some pics up of the 4th of July performance on the lake in Oklahoma. The view was beautiful and the fireworks were spectacular. Brandon took a ride over the lake in a helicopter with a Life Flight pilot along with Caleb's father. The pilot let Brandon hover the helicopter before landing. Brandon's father use to pilot Cessna's in high school and college.

The last summer performance will be at Skia Coffee House in Bentonville in August. More details later.