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Archive for June, 2013

Yancy will be featured on Focus on the Family’s PLUGGED IN PODCAST June 27th edition http://www.pluggedin.com/familyroom/podcast.aspx Tune in to hear some music from “Roots for the Journey”.

RootsForJourneyApp-Portrait_zpse16f0ee5 (NASHVILLE, Tennessee) — In an effort to help bridge her new adult-oriented worship album, “Roots for the Journey,” with her younger fans, Yancy has created a free companion app that will help parents teach each song’s scriptures and Biblical truths to their children through devotions, conversations, prayers and activities. “Roots for the Journey” was released on May 21st from Elevate Entertainment, and the app is available now.

Yancy started off making a lullaby record based on scriptures that she wanted to pass on to her son. Through the recording process, she realized that these songs had more potential then to just be lullabies. Yancy spends most of her time doing family concerts and making music and worship resources that play in minivans and churches worldwide. So she began to consider how could she mix her younger audiences with this new music she created, and with that, the idea of an app was born. The “Roots for the Journey” App for iPhone, iPad and Android was specifically designed to give parents tools to make these scriptures come alive to their children.

“You could do parts of the devotion on the go, in the car, during dinner or whenever your family is gathered together,” explains Yancy. “There are multiple ways you can talk about and reinforce the truth of God’s Word. The song as you listen will help that message be tied to a melody that kids can latch onto and sing. Music is an amazing way to communicate. It sticks with us. We all remember songs from long ago. What better thing to plant in your kids heart then the Word of God that fills these songs and messages.”

In creating the “Roots for the Journey” app, Yancy asked family ministry friends from around the world to help her make these Biblical truths come alive. The app benefited from the advice and expertise of Sam Luce, Ryan and Beth Frank (K Magazine/Awana), Gina McClain, Beth Guckenberger, Dave & Beci Wakerley (Hillsong), Johnny Rogers (KidMo), Jonathan Cliff, Jenny Funderburke, Jason Martin, Jen Galley, Sara Richards, Brian Dollar (High Voltage), Amanda White (www.ohamanda.com), Reggie Joiner (Orange Conference, 252 and First Look Curriculums) and Children’s Ministry pioneer (and Yancy’s father), Jim Wideman.

Yancy, Christian music’s reigning Queen of Diversity, has released radio friendly pop/rock albums and multiple projects for kids and young adults, all while sharing the stage with such artists as Mute Math, Newsboys and Nichole Nordeman. As a writer, Yancy has teamed up with Third Day’s Mac Powell, wrote Avalon’s #1 hit “I Don’t Want To Go” (which Yancy covers on “Roots for the Journey”) and Jaci Velasquez’s “Something Beautiful,” and still found the time to compose two devotional books for worship leaders and musicians and a devotional book for pre-teens. For more information, visit For more information, visit www.yancynotnancy.com.

“Roots for the Journey” app for iPhone

“Roots for the Journey” app for iPad

“Roots for the Journey” app for Android

 

CINCINNATI –  Standard Publishing Group is building on the momentum of 2013 innovations to introduce Jungle Safari for Vacation Bible School 2014.

Jungle Safari is packed with fun and adventure, teaching kids that God is Creator, Provider, Protector, Savior, and King. During each day of Jungle Safari, kids will KNOW what’s so great about God, EXPLORE the Nature of God, and SERVE God in practical ways. 

“Keeping things super simple for the VBS Director and volunteers was again a key objective for 2014. We also wanted to introduce some new features that align to how many churches are delivering VBS, while making sure we continue to offer the best value,” says Stephanie Woeste, Vice President,  Marketing at Standard. “We’re very proud of this program and the partnerships we have that are true highlights,” Woeste continued. These include:

  • – All NEW missions video series featuring Beth Guckenberger of Back2Back Ministries.
  • – A NEW Service & Missions site where kids will learn to Serve With A Mighty Purpose through activities and projects that help kids put their faith into action and impact the lives of others.
  • – Award-winning artist Yancy provides all new music and videos to keep kids energized and engaged.
  • – A NEW Crafts & Music site that encourages kids to sing, shout, praise, and pray as they discover the greatest treasure of all.
  • – NEW lesson and activity options to include children with special needs, contributed by expert Vangie Rodenbeck.
  • – A Director’s Guide and Leader Guides for all age levels—Preschool to Teen.
  • – Associated adult Bible study resources.

The focus on value ensures that churches get everything they need to lead VBS in one super simple kit without having to buy core pieces separately.

“We had a great response to the service focus and structure of our 2013 program, God’s Backyard Bible Camp, and Jungle Safari truly builds on that. We are especially grateful for the heart-warming orphan-care expertise that Beth Guckenberger brings and the extraordinary talent Yancy offers through her music. This year, special needs expert Vangie Rodenbeck has blessed us with guidance on adapting the lessons and activities for children with special needs so they can learn alongside all students,” says Matt Lockhart, Vice President/General Manager, Standard Publishing.

Standard Publishing held a preview announcement on June 18th for churches on www.blogtalkradio.com. The archive is available at www.blogtalkradio.com/standardpublishing . Additional detail about Jungle Safari is available at www.vacationbibleschool.com.

For more information, please contact Stephanie Woeste, Vice President of Marketing, Standard Publishing at 513-728-6799 or swoeste@standardpub.com.

Our friends over at http://www.NewReleaseTuesday.com have done a behind the song interview with Yancy about her song “Safe” from Roots for the Journey. Kevin Davis also shares some devotional thoughts based on the song that you’ll enjoy. We encourage you to take a few minutes and check it out http://www.newreleasetuesday.com/article.php?article_id=1130

Thanks New Release Tuesday for featuring the song and it’s message based on God’s Word and promise to keep us safe!

Summer Shirts Are Here!

June 18th, 2013

The new t-shirts are finally here. We have some awesome new shirts in some bright and happy colors for summer for both kids and adults. Share your love and support for Yancy by wearing one of those shirts. We think they are pretty styling too.

Order yours today! http://www.yancynotnancy.com/product-category/apparel/

Oh and don’t forget you can receive FREE SHIPPING by entering code: yancylovesme

Family devotions and more on the go.

When Yancy recorded her newest album Roots for the Journey she knew these songs were special. The music, organic, unplugged and simple was something that adults of all ages would be eager to listen to again and again. The message in the songs timeless because each song is centered on scriptures from God’s Word. Yancy spends most of her time doing family concerts and making music and worship resources that play in minivans and churches worldwide. So, how could she mix her audience that ranges from preteen all the way down to preschool (through the Little Praise Party series) with this new music she created?

So the idea/dream got a little bigger. What if she made an app to help parents teach their kids these Biblical truths? What if we could give parents tools to make these scriptures come alive to their children. Meet the Roots for the Journey App available for iPhone, iPad and Android.

The app provides family devotions, conversations, activities, prayers and more. Being an app, it isn’t just about being at home, in the living room and having spiritual time for a hour. You could do parts of the devotion on the go, in the car, during dinner or whenever your family is gathered together. There are multiple ways you can talk about and reinforce the truth of God’s Word. The song as you listen will help that message be tied to a melody that kids can latch onto and sing. Music is an amazing way to communicate. We remember songs from long ago. The same is true for your kids. So, having the music is a tool that will reinforce the lessons, conversations, activities and prayers. Most importantly we want to help families hide God’s word in their hearts. Psalm 119:11  I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. (NIV)

Yancy asked Children’s and Family Ministry friends from around the world to help her make these Biblical truths come alive. The app contributors are:

·      Sam Luce

·      Ryan and Beth Frank (K Magazine/Awana)

·      Gina McClain

·      Beth Guckenberger

·      Dave & Beci Wakerley (Hillsong)

·      Johnny Rogers (KidMo)

·      Jonathan Cliff

·      Jenny Funderburke

·      Jason Martin

·      Jen Galley

·      Sara Richards

·      Brian Dollar (High Voltage)

Amanda White from www.ohamanda.com did all the activities. You will love the way you can do simple activities to illustrate the truth of God’s Word to your kids.

An added bonus for parents are articles on parenting, from Yancy’s Dad and Children’s Ministry Pioneer, Jim Wideman and the founder of the Orange Conference, 252 and First Look Curriculums Reggie Joiner.

Yancy started off making a lullaby record based on scriptures that she wanted to pass on to her son. Through the recording process she realized the Bible is true whether you’re an infant or a grown up these songs have more potential then to just be lullabies. The musical audience grew larger and broader. “When I meet people in my life that are facing big mountains, fears or need answers I’ve been able to use these songs as a way to help strengthen their faith and help them meditate on what God’s Word says.” says Yancy. The story deepened with the resources provided in the app. “I want to help communicate, underline and reinforce the hope these scriptures provide us. I want to help a child deepen their faith and trust in God while on their journey of life.” Will you be a part of the story? Will you allow God’s Word to be the roots you need for your journey?

Available for iPhoneiPad and Android!
Download yours today!

Use the links above or just search Yancy in the App Store.

This past week my son has become so excited about “my church”. He recognizes it as we pass by on the road. When we turn in the parking lot he immediately shouts “my church”. He asks to go to his class. He even talks about some of his favorite friends from church throughout the week. My son is 27months. This week, my heart is grateful that I have a son that doesn’t feel dragged to church and that he has to go. He is excited and practically asking to go to church. This weekend reflecting on our conversations I was reminded that what you value as parents is what you will instill in your children. I’m not trying to toot my own horn here I just simply am seeing the fruit of where we have invested and planted seeds of faith in our boy. You can spend time alot of different ways. You can value alot of different things. Your priorities will reflect your time, conversation and where you are putting your efforts. Right now, I am sighing a big “thank you Jesus” that my little boy is hungering and thirsting for the things of God. He is desiring to go to his class and not only play with his teachers and the toys there but hear a Bible story and sing praise songs to Jesus with the pom poms.

Joshua 24:15 But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve…But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”

I totally get that are tons of things vying for our attention. There are plenty of appointments waiting to be scheduled on our already busy calendar. There are leisurely activities, parties and boats calling out for us to skip or play hooky. But, none of those things will instill in my son a love for Jesus and His Word. What you aim for is what you’ll hit/get. If you want to have kids, teenagers and adults that love Jesus with all their heart and live their lives to honor Him you can only get that by teaching them to value the things of God.

“My church” and the sweet little “amen” Sparrow says at the end of our prayers are a few of the sweetest words I’ve ever heard spoken.

When Yancy recorded her newest album Roots for the Journey she knew these songs were special. The music, organic, unplugged and simple was something that adults of all ages would be eager to listen to again and again. The message in the songs timeless because each song is centered on scriptures from God’s Word. Yancy spends most of her time doing family concerts and making music and worship resources that play in minivans and churches worldwide. So, how could she mix her audience that ranges from preteen all the way down to preschool (through the Little Praise Party series) with this new music she created?

So the idea/dream got a little bigger. What if she made an app to help parents teach their kids these Biblical truths? What if we could give parents tools to make these scriptures come alive to their children? Meet the Roots for the Journey App available for iPhone, iPad and Android.

The app provides family devotions, conversations, activities, prayers and more. Being an app, it isn’t just about being at home, in the living room and having spiritual time for a hour. You could do parts of the devotion on the go, in the car, during dinner or whenever your family is gathered together. There are multiple ways you can talk about and reinforce the truth of God’s Word. The song as you listen will help that message be tied to a melody that kids can latch onto and sing. Music is an amazing way to communicate. We remember songs from long ago. The same is true for your kids. So, having the music is a tool that will reinforce the lessons, conversations, activities and prayers. Most importantly we want to help families hide God’s word in their hearts. Psalm 119:11  I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. (NIV)

Yancy asked Children’s and Family Ministry friends from around the world to help her make these Biblical truths come alive. The app contributors are:

 

  • ·      Sam Luce
  • ·      Ryan and Beth Frank (K Magazine/Awana)
  • ·      Gina McClain
  • ·      Beth Guckenberger
  • ·      Dave & Beci Wakerley (Hillsong)
  • ·      Johnny Rogers (KidMo)
  • ·      Jonathan Cliff
  • ·      Jenny Funderburke
  • ·      Jason Martin
  • ·      Jen Galley
  • ·      Sara Richards
  • ·      Brian Dollar (High Voltage)

 

Amanda White from www.ohamanda.com did all the activities. You will love the way you can do simple activities to illustrate the truth of God’s Word to your kids.

An added bonus for parents are articles on parenting, from Yancy’s Dad and Children’s Ministry Pioneer, Jim Wideman and the founder of the Orange Conference, 252 and First Look Curriculums Reggie Joiner.

For the world of KidMin at churches everywhere, there’s a lot to love about Roots for the Journey. The free app is something you can share in newsletters to parents, on your Kid’s Ministry website, at parenting classes and many other ways. The music itself is something you could give to new parents and families as a gift to help instill peace and God’s Word into them. Play the music in your nurseries and calming rooms too.

Yancy started off making a lullaby record based on scriptures that she wanted to pass on to her son. Through the recording process she realized the Bible is true whether you’re an infant or a grown up these songs have more potential then to just be lullabies. The musical audience grew larger and broader. “When I meet people in my life that are facing big mountains, fears or need answers I’ve been able to use these songs as a way to help strengthen their faith and help them meditate on what God’s Word says.” says Yancy. The story deepened with the resources provided in the app. “I want to help communicate, underline and reinforce the hope these scriptures provide us. I want to help a child deepen their faith and trust in God while on their journey of life.” Will you be a part of the story? Will you allow God’s Word to be the roots you need for your journey?

Psalm 1:1-3

Blessed is the one…whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf
does not wither—whatever they do prospers.(NIV)

·    Watch Yancy share about the App http://youtu.be/kzxrDpYIJ4M

And the album http://youtu.be/j1SA744uiCM

LINKS TO THE APP:

·      iPhone https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/roots-for-the-journey/id647377769?mt=8

·      iPad https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/roots-for-the-journey/id647377769?mt=8

·      Android https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.yancynotnancy.roots462&feature=search_result – ?t=W251bGwsMSwxLDEsImNvbS55YW5jeW5vdG5hbmN5LnJvb3RzNDYyIl0.

LINKS TO THE ALBUM:

·      iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/roots-for-the-journey/id643556110

·      YancynotNancy.com http://www.yancynotnancy.com/product-category/cds/  Free shipping: yancylovesme

Yancy interviews Megan

June 4th, 2013

Last week Yancy’s assistant, Megan Smidt, interviewed Yancy about the new album Roots for the Journey. If you didn’t read it last week, you can here

Today, we are flipping the conversation around and Yancy is the one interviewing Megan. Listen in on the conversation.

1. What all is included in your day-to-day “job” for Yancy?

I fulfill website orders, pray over them, and ship them. I’m the happy lady you talk too if you call the office! I work with our wholesale customers and even handle music licensing. I am the contact between Yancy and the churches she plays at to ensure all goes smoothly for a GREAT performance and I get to play with Sparrow a bit, too! I help with social media and one of my favorite job-hats is selling all things Yancy at conferences all over the country! I get to meet the coolest people and share Yancy-love!

2. What little known fact about Yancy do you think more people should know?

If you are ever going to a new city and don’t know where to eat or shop, Yancy is the perfect resource for you! Seriously, she needs her own app for this! We could call it “Go” or “Don’t be a turkey, just eat here” or “I like to shop everyday.”  I’m not kidding, she has NEVER  been wrong when suggesting amazing food, ice cream or shopping to me!

3. What are your favorite three songs on Roots for the Journey  and why?

“Creator” is my top favorite because it so tenderly speaks to my heart of how God knows each of us so intimately and how he yearns for us to know Him just as well! My favorite line “In every season, make me who you want me to be” rings through my soul all day long and brings tears to my eyes as I type this. THAT is the prayer of my heart and I pray that is the legacy I can leave behind for my own kids and all the lives I touch.

Being from SoCal, I’m a HUGE Switchfoot fan, so I was very pleased to see Yancy cover “White As Snow” on this record! Incredible song and I love the tender but powerful way she sings it here. I love sitting on my porch in the Word and playing this one. Make me whole, Lord!

Number 3….. “Trust.” This song makes me so happy and I love how Yancy sounds next to the dreamy boy voice :) It’s hard not to listen to this song with a smile on my face and tears streaming down my cheeks at the same time. God wants so much for all of us to live a full life, leaving all our burdens to Him! He’s got this….. so all we have to do is give our troubles back to HIm and sing along to this tune with a happy heart knowing He has so much more for us than to worry, fear or hurt.

4. Believing in what you do is important. Why do you believe in Yancy’s ministry and music to families?

Yancy is the real-deal! I have served at church and worked with her for over two years now and in addition to being one of the most amazing moms I know, she so loves God with all she is! She prays over decisions with her ministry and she conducts herself with high integrity. Her work-ethic is unparalleled and she really cares about people. Yancy is also my daughter’s group leader at church and I love how she has even impacted her life and her walk with God through her service there.

Her family also treat me like family and that speaks volumes to me. They all appreciate what I contribute to Yancy’s Ministry and even all the millions of photos I take of Sparrow and that warms my heart!

I love that my kids feel good about my job and it really is an honor to work for someone who is such an incredible woman of God and role-model! My favorite is when we receive school reports or projects in the mail that kids did about Yancy! I like to put them up in the stockroom because they remind me of the incredible impact we all have (not just Yancy) on lives we touch…. but it’s up to us to let God lead that, get out of His way, and be our best for His glory!

5. What do fun hair, crazy jewelry and glitter have in common?

Three of our favorite things :) Yes, Yancy and I are two peas in a pod and love all things FUN! At conferences, people ask me if I’m her sister (or mom! *shock*) but honestly, those three things are how we even met! I saw Yancy perform with our worship team at church and just knew in my heart that we had to be friends. I sent her a message and she responded back that she noticed me and that I looked a little too funky (like her) and the rest is history! I came to her baby shower and shortly after that, she sent me a message telling me that God told her to contact me about being her assistant. The night before I got her message, I had been crying out to God for direction on what I should do about working, I only wanted to get a job if it was His will and I was so confused about what to do.

I love sharing this story when people ask me how I began working for Yancy because it just shows that God is at work all around each of us every day…. it’s just up to us to stop trying to do it all in our own power, ask Him for help, and let Him guide us and not be afraid to act when He tells us to.

Oh ,and Y….. you forgot PAPER :) We love paper :)

About Megan Smidt:

Megan is Personal Assistant to Yancy and also a Certified Christian Life Coach specializing in Relationship Coaching and more specifically, Blended Family Relationships. She and her husband Craig have been married 8 years.  She is the adoptive full-time mother to Craig’s 5 children from a previous marriage, all ranging in age from 21 years old to 15. Megan is very active in her church and in ministering to women. She leads a family small group in her home every week along with her husband and she works with teenagers at church on Thursday nights. Megan loves to travel and spend time with family and friends. She enjoys reading, music, movies, photography, paper crafting, sewing and roller skating.  She is silly, fun, and loves making new friends!

You can find her all these fun places:

Website: www.megansmidt.com

Twitter: http://twitter.com/MeganSmidtCLC

Facebook: www.facebook.com/MeganSmidtCLC

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/megansmidtclc/

Instagram:  meguhrazzi

Oh, and she co-founded a really cool online women’s ministry here: www.girlfriendscoffeehour.com