The Sunday Message

Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song. – Psalm 95:2 (NIV)

Next Saturday (August 19) is the annual Downpour free Christian music festival in Great Falls, Montana, at the Montana ExpoPark.

The gates open at noon, and the first performance begins at 1:00. Here is the lineup:

1:00-2:00 // Dust Alive
2:30-3:30 // Tedashii
4:00-5:00 // Jamie Grace
5:30-6:30 // Colton Dixon
7:00-8:00 // Britt Nicole
8:15-9:15 // speaker Trip Lee
9:45-11:15 // Matt Maher

On Sunday (August 20) there is a church service that begins at 11:00 am.

It’s all FREE!!

More information can be found at the Downpour Music Festival website HERE.

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The Fourth Estate Lives!

Hooray for the Great Falls Tribune’s willingness to go to court to obtain the release of documents surrounding the firing of general manager Lisa Bracco of the Montana ExpoPark. You can read the story HERE.

It’s good to see the fourth estate has a heartbeat, at least in Great Falls, Montana.

The last ten years or so have been pretty tough on newspapers – especially those in smaller markets. Face it folks, besides a few gadflies who frequent the announced public meetings, newspaper reporters are in the best position to hold our elected officials accountable – by asking questions and demanding that their meetings be open.

It appears to be a lot like herding cats – at least in this part of the country.

The Tribune says that Cascade County (MT) government “has closed several meetings during the last two years” and the Tribune publisher says, “Since early March the public has been kept in the dark about the nature of the ongoing investigation of ExpoPark.”

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Caught My Eye…

Welcome to the 199th edition of “Caught My Eye!” Buckle up!

PLEASE NOTE: Take a moment this weekend to remember the veterans who paid the ultimate sacrifice while serving our country and pray for their families and friends.

If you are a first-time visitor, “Caught My Eye” is posted right here every Friday morning! This is when I take a quick look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week. I often throw in a touch of sarcasm to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little – or both.

Today I write about Walsh’s new ad called “Melissa,” Daines’ new ad called “Rebekah,” Montana ExpoPark and the Montana Attorney General, Zinke responds, Daines does not, Obama sends a deputy to help veterans, a new poll about the military, plus we have a winner who is making Montana proud!

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