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Pastor Buzz Trexler's blog for God's people in The Meadow.

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Name: Buzz Trexler
Location: Knoxville, Tennessee, United States

Journalist for 29 years; married to Donna for 28 years; parent of David, 27, and Elizabeth, 24; pastor of Green Meadow United Methodist Church in Alcoa since 2002.

Thursday, April 26, 2007

With doors wide open ...

When God opens the doors, He really opens them!
Maybe it's because Green Meadow United Methodist Church is quick to open doors to others.

We haven't even finished with one fund-raiser for the School of Hope, when another one is being announced.

Here's the scoop from an e-mail blast by Rick Laney, who is Mike Williams' partner in faith with Feed Your Faith:

Feed Your Faith is presenting an evening with Dove Award winning Sanctus Real, with guest artists This Beautiful Republic and Needtobreathe with the proceeds to benefit School of Hope. The concert will be held 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.) Friday, May 4, at High Praises Church, 1601 Broadway Ave., Maryville.

There are a limited number of tickets available -- $14 in advance, $16 the day of the concert. Groups of 10 or more will pay just $12 per ticket and groups of 25 or more will pay just $10 per ticket. You can obtain them at, or by calling 274-7621.

About Sanctus Real

Last year, members of Sanctus Real discovered their greatest joy making and playing music together as the best of friends. Today, with the release of their third national record, "The Face of Love," Sanctus Real comes of age, pressing forward to carry a compelling image of hope to an eager world. With that album, the four-member, Toledo, Ohio-based rock band is poised to make this a breakout year.

"The Face of Love" contains hard-hitting songs portraying universal themes of love, brokenness and the sometime elusive sense of God's presence. Inspired by real-life heartache and rediscovered joy, the emotions behind each track are vulnerable and undisguised, making this album the bands most accessible project. Further, Sanctus Real members Matt Hammitt (lead vocals), Mark Graalman (drums), Chris Rohman (guitars) welcome newest addition Dan Gartley (bass), a protoge of producer Mark Townsend. Gartley replaces former bassist Steve Goodrum. Enter producer Chris Stevens (tobyMac, Shawn McDonald), who helped the band channel its complex emotions into songwriting, their grief-stricken passion into powerful, emotive studio performances.

The album's opening confessional, "I'm Not Alright," locates the singer in desperate human brokenness, requiring him to move closer to God for strength. Inspired by Brennan Manning's "The Signature of Jesus," the albums title track, "The Face of Love," became an unabashed anthem of unconditional love.With "The Face of Love," Modern Rock Album of the Year Winners Sanctus Real recognizes change throughout life is hard, even gut-wrenching. Yet it can finally usher empowering expectations. More to the point, death does not get the final word. Love does, and it happens every day, in a child's birth, in deciding to press on searching for another chance - even in making music with your best friends. This is the hope to start again, and in them are images of love.

About Feed Your Faith

Feed Your Faith is a ministry started by Maryville resident Mike Williams. The non-profit group brings well-known speakers, authors and performing artists to East Tennessee to help Christians grow in their faith while raising money to help local charities.

Past Feed Your Faith events have raised thousands of dollars for organizations including the Second Harvest Food Bank, Knox Area Rescue Ministries and the Compassion Coalition.

Last year, Rick Laney joined Mike Williams as a partner to promote and market the Feed Your Faith events. Most recently,Feed Your Faith brought best-selling author Lee Strobel to Knoxville.

Feed Your Faith now partners with Cedar Springs Christian Bookstores, Love 89, Joy 62 and many local churches to extend the reach of this exciting ministry.

About the School of Hope

The mission of School of Hope is to share God’s love by equipping teenage parents, parents to be, and their children to meet the challenges of life through spiritual, parental, academic, and life skills education in a nurturing, nonjudgmental, loving environment.

Students at the School of Hope meet for four hours a day, five days a week, and have to abide by an attendance policy. But the school provides much more than preparation for getting a GED. The School of Hope, a mission of Green Meadow United Methodist Church, helps teenagers develop life skills such as cooking, shopping, banking and parenting as well as eyeing the possibility of furthering their education after earning their GED. The underlying theme of the program is to educate the parents, academically and spiritually, so their children can have a better life. Teen pregnancies are a big factor in having a life of poverty, and The School of Hope is helping teen parents and their new children beat the odds.

For more information, visit,, and or call Feed Your Faith at (865) 274-7621.