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Shawn McDonald Concert Headlines Mosaic Week

February 20, 2013

Christian singer Shawn McDonald spoke words of encouragement to millions of Americans with his 2012 hit, “Rise.’’

On Thursday February 28th, fans at Mississippi College will hear McDonald sing and play his guitar in concert at Aven Hall as part of the university’s annual Mosaic Week. The performance is at 7 p.m.

During his concert appearances across the nation, McDonald never runs away from telling his story growing up in Eugene,Oregon as a rebellious teen who was a drug addict, dealer and  a young man seeking to escape from a dysfunctional home. In 1998 at age 20, he faced nine felony counts for a drug bust. But McDonald cried out to God and transformed his life.

His first album, “Simply Nothing,’’ was released in 2004. At his shows, the singer holds nothing back as he shares his testimony. “Honesty,’’ McDonald said at the time, “is huge.’’

Lyrics to his hit song “Rise,’’ tell of “rising out of these ashes from the trouble I have found.’’

After his MC appearance, McDonald takes to the road again for concert dates in Stillwater, Oklahoma April 11th, Louisville, Kentucky on April 13 and the following day in Murray, Kentucky.

The Mosaic Week sponsored by the MC Office of Christian Development brings together student ministry organizations for a week of unified worship on the Clinton campus.

“Having students from various ministries encourages my faith,’’ says Paul Calcote, a May 2012 Mississippi College Christian Studies graduate from Vicksburg. “It reminds me that we have much more in common (Christ), then we have differences.’’

Calcote, who serves as ministry coordinator at his alma mater, is excited about the entire lineup of events at the Baptist-affiliated university during Mosaic Week.

It begins with a Sunday evening prayer service on campus at 7 p.m. February 24. Other events include MC chapel program speaker Steve Taylor at First Baptist Church Clinton on Tuesday February 26 at 10:50 a.m. A campuswide worship service at Anderson Hall at 9 p.m. Wednesday is another highlight.

Mosaic is a good name for the week’s activities. It speaks to the pieces of glass and stone that come together to make one picture, called a mosaic, Calcote said.

For more information, contact Calcote at 601-925-7366 or Eric Pratt, vice president of Christian Development at 601-925-3235.

                  

Photo: Shawn McDonald