Have you ever felt as if you were in utter despair, all alone and even God is not hearing your cries for help? Life brings us many unexpected events that that can cause great feelings of pain and despair. As Christians, we know are not exempt from pain and suffering. Jesus said “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." (John 16:33) Whether through our own personal crisis’ or the effects caused by all the craziness in the world right now, the experience of the feelings of pain and affliction are very real and can seem overwhelming.
Dear Friends, We are anxious, as I know you are, to get back to our monthly live and in-person events at the Upper Room. It is anybody’s guess when things will return to “normal”- whatever that means these days. I was recently reminded as the Lord very clearly spoke to my heart, that the next few months, in particular, are going to be a very trying spiritual time in our country. The battle for the very heart and soul of this country has been raging for quite some time, and it is going to heat up like no other time we’ve witnessed.
On February 1st, 2020, The Upper Room presented Bob Bennett, Kelly Willard and PointMade, with Hadley Hockensmith, in concert. Founder and host, Ron Strand, greeted the audience at 7:30 pm. He introduced local band PointMade, which opened the concert. Their set included many classic rock tunes including: “Baby, I Love Your Way” by Peter Frampton, “Danny’s Song,” by Loggins and Messina, and “Doctor My Eyes” by Jackson Browne.
On January 4th, 2020, The Upper Room presented the Night of 1,000 Comics (give or take a few). Founder and host, Ron Strand, greeted the audience at 7:30 pm. He made some announcements and reminded those in attendance that The Upper Room is run on a donation basis (Support The Upper Room).
On December 7th, 2019, The Upper Room presented A Warm & Cozy Family Christmas, which featured CCM artists Bob Bennett, Kelly Willard and Hadley Hockensmith. Founder and host, Ron Strand, greeted the audience at 7:30 pm. Ron explained that due to a scheduling conflict (the Upper Room’s host church was holding a drive through nativity), the concert was moved to Ron’s living room, where it was live-streamed. In honor of the last minute change in concert venues, Bob performed a humorous, newly-minted song that ended with: “We’re glad that you have joined us, we hope it all goes right, and that the drive by nativity Jesus blesses us all tonight.
On November 2nd, 2019, The Upper Room presented singer, Scott Wesley Brown, and comedian, Dana Daniels, in concert. The concert began when founder and host, Ron Strand, greeted the audience at 7:30 pm. With The Upper Room celebrating its 10-year anniversary, many past performers have submitted videos congratulating the ministry on its major milestone. A compilation of curated clips included such former guests as: Jon Courson, Chuck Girard, Benny Hester, and comedian Victoria Jackson, who played a ukulele and sang a humorous song to commemorate the occasion.
On October 19th, 2019, The Upper Room presented singer, Terry Talbot, in concert. The concert began when founder and host, Ron Strand, greeted the audience at 7:30 pm. Ron announced that The Upper Room is celebrating its 10-year anniversary. For the occasion, many former artists submitted videos congratulating The Upper Room on its decade of ministry.
On September 7th, 2019, The Upper Room presented comedians, Kerri Pomarolli and Scott Wood, in concert. The concert began at 7:30 pm when founder and host, Ron Strand, greeted the audience and said he wanted to do something a little different than the typical trivia to open the show. Before the concert, Upper Room volunteers had passed out cards and encouraged audience members to write down any questions they had about The Upper Room.
On August 17th, 2019, The Upper Room presented Dove Award winning vocalist, Gary Chapman, in concert. Founder and host, Ron Strand, greeted the audience at 7:30 pm and welcomed Brenda Harp to the stage. Brenda performed a five song set that included her new EP, “Even on the Dark Days,” which she wrote as an encouragement to those who deal with depression. Brenda’s soulful voice and beautiful keyboard playing set the tone for a heartfelt, worshipful evening.
On July 20th, 2019, The Upper Room presented comedian, Jeff Allen, in concert. Founder and host, Ron Strand, greeted the audience at 7:30 pm and made a special introduction—Chip and Kim McAllister, winners of “The Amazing Race” Season 5, were in attendance. Ron kicked off the evening with “Song Lyric Trivia,” and tossed out an Upper Room T-shirt to everyone who correctly linked the lyric line to the song’s name and artist.