Passion Worship: Let It Be Jesus #TakeItAllTour

“I just wanna know– what are some fun things that happen off-campus that Hope students attend, but aren’t directly associated with Hope College? Is there anything to do in Holland other than go to the beach and hang out on 8th Street?”

The answer: YES.

For every college student, there comes a time in which the 8th Street burnout and Pine Grove winter occurs, leaving students wondering if other fun activities take place in the Holland area. Luckily for us, there are many opportunities for fun off-campus activities, one being concerts in connection with a local radio station, JQ99, taking place this fall.

My roomie Sarah and I heard that Passion Worship Band would be here in Holland at Ridge Point Church on October 16, and last night, we grabbed dinner and went to the concert. You may have heard of Passion Conference located in Atlanta and Houston, and the band we had the opportunity to see last night is the band associated with this concert (You can find out more about the Passion Conference here.) Plus, as an added bonus, Kristian Stanfill was there!

Check out some pictures from our night:

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Want to hear more about the fun things happening on campus and in the Holland area? Follow me on Twitter at @hopesophie17. Questions? Comments? Comment below or send me an email at sophie.guetzko@hope.edu.

And, by the way… Happy #HopeHomecoming!

I’m Going to a Concert!!

Hello dear readers!  

This week, I got one of the most
exciting pieces of news since I found out I was going to be orator in Nykerk:
I’m going to a concert of one of my all-time favorite bands, Keane, on January
27, 2013!!!

Now, if you’re like most
people I know, you are probably saying to yourself, “who the heck is
Keane?” It’s totally OK that you’re asking that, because I am so excited to
introduce you to one of the best bands ever!

Keane is a band from
England that debuted in 2004 with their multi-platinum album, Hopes and Fears.
It is one of the best albums I’ve ever heard and what got me hooked onto them.

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All of their songs have the same
kind of piano-based style. That’s one of the reasons I enjoy them so much. Most
bands that are around have mostly guitar-based songs, so hearing songs with
strong piano is like a breath of fresh air for me. And isn’t the lead singers
voice amazing? His name is Tom, and I absolutely adore him! Most of the songs
are written by the keyboard player, Tim. He must be a genius; there is no other
explanation to describe the way he is able to put together songs that are so
passionate but at the same time so lyrically and musically beautiful.

The
reason Keane is going on tour right now is because they released an album this past
June: Strangeland. I listen to it at least once every couple of days, partly
because it really lifts my mood and partly because it is just that good! I have
so many favorite songs on this album, but the one that I find myself listening
to in almost any situation is “Sovereign Light Cafe”.

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Because
they’re from England, and their music isn’t played on the radio, I generally
assume that no one I know has any idea who they are. So imagine my surprise
when one day I was talking to one of my sorority sisters, Sarah, and I found
out she is a huge fan. Like, massive. She was just as shocked as I was that someone else knew about Keane, and we
ended up having an awesome conversation about them and I felt like I was on
cloud nine because I could talk to someone about Keane and have them
understand.

During this conversation, I mentioned how badly I wanted to go to a
Keane concert, and Sarah told me she saw them in June. Needless to say, I became
very jealous, very fast. From that moment on, going to a Keane went straight to
the top of my bucket list. About two weeks later, Sarah tweeted at me that
Keane was coming back to North America next January (they left to go to
Europe/Asia). This time, you have to go, I told myself. I searched on their
website and found out they are coming to Detroit. I made plans with Sarah, and
the rest is history. I haven’t been to a concert in a few years so I am SOOO
excited for this one!! I know Sarah and I will have a blast!

What kind of music do you
listen to? What was the last concert you went to? Let me know!

-Rachael

Fun-filled weekend!

Hello Everyone!

I leave for Easter break in less than 2 hours!!!! Yes, I am so incredibly pumped. School has been crazy busy this past week. I’ll fill you in on what I have been doing.

Friday night: I attended a concert at Lemonjello’s. Some students from Hope were playing, and the band did an awesome job. The place was packed, and everyone was having a good. time. After the concert, I went to JP’s to have some coffee with a big group of friends. Then we all hung out for awhile and decided to take a late IHOP run. The food was so good!

Saturday: Admitted students day! I was able to talk to some seniors in the Kletz about Hope College and get to know them a little bit. It was cool to see all of Hope’s student organization groups placed all around DeWitt. I did not even realize how many different groups and organizations were on campus.

Saturday evening: After the activities fair, my room mate and I chilled in our room and watched the Parent Trap on VCR. Pretty sewer, I know. Later in the evening we went to Subway and then “studied” for a little bit at Starbucks. Once we returned back to Hope, we got ready for Club Durf. Then we danced the night away and had a good time. Club Durf’s theme was “earth” because of earth week. Haha it was pretty sweet. 

Sunday: I attended church and then worked on my stats group project pretty much all day. I also attended the Volunteer Services end of the year banquet and attended one of the last Gatherings of the year. After the gathering, a group us worked on homework in one of the class rooms in the Science Center.  

 Movie Day with the roomie

Concert at Lemonjello’s