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Posted on 10/03/2005 6:23:32 PM PDT by Ligeia
Tens of thousands of evangelical Christian youths, families and leaders from more than 800 area churches will converge on the District Saturday and Sunday for the D.C. Festival, with music, activities and faith.
The free festival is open to Christians and non-Christians alike, said organizer Luis Palau, an Argentina-born evangelical minister whom some call the "new Billy Graham."
"We want people to realize that following Jesus is a normal part of everyday life," Mr. Palau told The Washington Times. "Symbols become passe and people would instantly turn it off. We want to draw in people who would be turned away by something 'religious.'"
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The festival in the District will feature a children's stage, a skate park, a sports center, Christian speakers and more than 10 contemporary Christian bands, including Steven Curtis Chapman and Third Day. Activities will be held between 12th and 14th streets on the Mall from 1 to 9:45 p.m. both days.
The D.C. Festival is expected to be the largest religious event on the Mall since 1997, when several hundred thousand people participated in a Promise Keeper's rally.
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I wish I could come but the ball & chain of school won't allow it right now
Maybe they'll head your way some day soon!
If they do come out "your way" make sure that you attend this wonderful event. These Festivals appeal to every age group and have lots of exciting events - all with the same message of Hope, Faith and Love.
Playing Up Party Instead of Pulpit
DC Festival Evangelism Aims to Draw Secular
By Caryle Murphy
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, September 29, 2005; Page A01
The Mall soon will be suited up for another showcase event. This time, the trappings are a skateboard park, a food court, dozens of volunteer stations, two huge tents for hundreds of celebrity guests, three JumboTron screens to project onstage musical performances, and banners bearing the names of such corporate sponsors as Amtrak and the Washington Capitals.
What those watching the preparations will not see is any clue -- not even a simple cross -- to suggest the real nature of the gathering: broadcasting the message of Jesus Christ.
DC Festival, on Oct. 8-9, is the latest production of Oregon-based Christian evangelist Luis Palau, who has been drawing large crowds since introducing his concept of "festival evangelism" six years ago.
Monday, Sep. 26, 2005 Posted: 4:10:02PM EST
WASHINGTON In less than two weeks [this weekend], tens of thousands of people will see the National Mall in Washington, D.C., converted into a platform for the Gospel as part of the largest and most comprehensive campaigns ever assembled by the Luis Palau Evangelistic Association.
For the first time ever, evangelist Luis Palau will be
bringing an evangelistic festival that over 4.5
million people around the world have already
experienced to the nation's capital, Oct. 8-9.
(Photo: LPEA / Guillermo Cimadevilla)
For the first time ever, evangelist Luis Palau will be bringing an evangelistic festival that over 4.5 million people around the world have already experienced to the nation's capital, Oct. 8-9.
"We want to just elevate the God-consciousness of the area," said DC Festival Director Andrew Palau, one of Luis Palau's three sons, in a phone interview with the Christian Post. "We want to make Jesus famous."
According to the younger Palau, preparations for the large-scale outreach event are "going great" as DC Festival staff and participating churches busily engage themselves to bring thousands to Christ. Since his arrival to the capital two years ago, hundreds of churches have jumped on board to take part in a festival that is to spread the gospel across some 14 city blocks.
"We come at the invitation of the churches," said Palau.
What began as an invitation by 200 churches in the Tri-State area has now become the joint effort of nearly 900 churches over the last two years.
While the festival serves to set the city ablaze with the Holy Spirit and capture the hearts of the people with Christ, Palau highlighted the work of the churches as key to the growth of the new believers.
The festival is a "catalytic tool that allows us to capture the believers' attention to go deeper," commented Palau on the mobilizing work of the DC Festival and the church communities.
It is the network of the believers and churches that must continue to hold strongly for discipleship.
"It's so much more than just those two days," he added.
Wanting to maximize the evangelistic work of the festival, Palau explained the festival team will be remaining in the city for another six months after the event to keep the fire burning among the churches and new believers.
"A lot of important work happens after the festival," he said. "The critical part is following up new believers and believers."
Rather than a quick come and go event, the DC Festival has invested years of preparations and network building and will continue serving for months more.
"[We're] looking to long term," said Palau.
"We want to feed that fire and ensure that those sparks and flames don't go out unnecessarily," he continued. "You have to watch what the Holy Spirit is doing and invest in those areas."
As the festival staff continues months of counselor training, leader conferences and such, Palau commented how the Holy Spirit has already come upon them even before the festival's opening.
"We've already had 800 decisions for Christ in the process," he said. "The spirit is moving even as we're preparing.
"People are just really hungry spiritually hungry and responsive."
Noting the spiritual hunger in the city and the potential of the network communities, Palau said he wants to "mobilize God's people, expressing the powerful reality of the unity of the bond of Christ that is among us as believers in Christ."
Christian show set despite fear of rain
By Gary Emerling
THE WASHINGTON TIMES
October 7, 2005
Organizers of an evangelical Christian festival on the Mall this weekend said the event will take place despite forecasts for wet weather.
"The infrastructure is pretty much in place, the stage is built, the power is hooked up," D.C. Festival spokesman Craig Chastain said yesterday. "Technically, we could probably do the show today."
Tens of thousands of people are expected to attend the festival, which will feature Christian speaker Luis Palau as well as a skate park, a sports center and more than 10 contemporary Christian bands.
It will be held on the Mall between 12th and 14th streets Northwest from 1 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. tomorrow and Sunday.
The National Weather Service is forecasting a 50 percent chance of rain for tomorrow, but Mr. Chastain said crews have made preparations for inclement weather.
"Rain or shine we're gonna do this thing," he said. "The stage and all the electronics are covered. We've done it in rain before so we're prepared."
The festival is expected to be the largest religious event on the Mall since 1997, when several hundred thousand people participated in a Promise Keepers rally.
Christian Festival Begins Today
Churches Donate Dollars, Volunteers to Palau Event on Mall
By Caryle Murphy
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, October 8, 2005; Page B02
Under recurring downpours, workers yesterday finished erecting a stage, two Jumbotrons, tents and a skate park in preparation for DC Festival, the two-day Christian outreach of evangelist Luis Palau set to begin today on the Mall.
Weather Undercuts Turnout And Events at DC Festival
Thousands Attend Evangelical Program on Mall
By Caryle Murphy and Sudarsan Raghavan
Washington Post Staff Writers
Sunday, October 9, 2005; Page C01
The opening day of DC Festival, a Christian evangelical gathering on the Mall two years in the planning, was undercut by bad weather yesterday as heavy rain forced organizers to cancel many events and truncate their spiritual outreach.
"Rain is not going to stop God's power," said Emily Dahlkamp, 20, a junior at George Mason University. "There will be blessings out of this no matter how many people are gathered here."
Many said they came to show their faith in Christ and help others transform their lives. "I believe the message of Jesus Christ changes lives," said Loretta Inoni, 27. "The cause is way too important to worry about rain."
Message of Jesus On Crowd's Lips
Rain Over, Festival Lures Thousands
By Paul Schwartzman
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, October 10, 2005; Page B01
"It's like a big outdoor church," said Miller, a Navy engineer who lives in Centreville. "It would be great to be able to do this all the time. We're more accepted when we're quiet about our faith. But this is an open pep rally kind of thing, and it's wonderful."
After rain led to the cancellation of some events Saturday, festival organizers said they were satisfied with yesterday's attendance, which they estimated at 50,000, even though it was about half of what they hoped to draw.
By early evening, a sprawling crowd assembled to hear Palau preach before the stage was commandeered by a hip-hop gospel ensemble and a rock group playing Christian music. "We're ecstatic about the turnout," said Kevin Palau, the preacher's son. "This is what a festival is like."
Festival draws 40,000 to Mall
By Amy Doolittle
THE WASHINGTON TIMES
October 10, 2005
More than 40,000 people braved mud and puddles on the Mall yesterday to attend the D.C. Festival, the multimillion-dollar evangelical Christian extravaganza hosted by evangelist Luis Palau.
The two-day event featured a skate park, a children's stage, preaching and more than 10 big-name contemporary Christian music artists.
"We're just here to support Jesus and have fun," said Brian Sulc, 41, of McLean, who brought his four children to the festival yesterday. "We might have come out Saturday had rain not drowned things out, but it doesn't matter. We're here today; that's all that counts."
The following is the prepared text for a sermon given yesterday by Luis Palau at the weekend-long D.C. Festival, a multimillion-dollar festival that was expected to draw tens of thousands to the National Mall:
Some of you were brought up in a Christian home, and then you became a hypocrite. No one can become a better hypocrite than someone who is brought up in a Christian home. We become little movie stars -- you go to church on Sunday and all the parents in the church say, "Isn't he a good boy?"
And then on Monday you go to high school and are a hypocrite again. And you say, "Luis, I've been a hypocrite forever -- I don't know the son of God, and I've gone too far."
Listen right now. Wherever you are, Jesus Christ has His arms extended, and He says "come, come follow me, and I will forgive all your burdens, and I will forgive your conscience."