Christ Church Conway is celebrating our 5th anniversary by having a free concert and book launch on July 20th, starting at 6:30 p.m.. Amanda Slikker will be presenting her new book “My Comfort in Affliction” at 6:30 and Preston Palmer will be opening the show at 7:00. Treva Blomquist will be performing her newest album “So We Would Know” a collection of re-imagined hymns at 7:30.
“So We Would Know is a folk and roots-‐based album about God’s goodness, faithfulness, mercy and love. It’s a collection of old songs and hymns that Treva Blomquist has compiled, rearranged, and recorded (in Nashville, TN) after searching through old hymnals for songs that stirred her heart, her hands and her voice.
In today’s culture and church, many hymns seem to have lost their place. Mention the word ‘hymn’ and you can watch backs stiffen, as if they are already uncomfortably seated in a cold, hard, wooden pew. So We Would Know is not that kind of a hymns album. It’s an honest, acoustic praise and worship album, written from the heart for the heart, urging it to awaken and rejoice.
“… So We Would Know is a series of conversations, woven into a story by an artist that only knows how to make honest music. It’s a refreshing break from the oft manufactured, frequently forced feel of similar releases by other contemporary artists… (the song) “Ain’t No Grave” is strong enough both to recall The Civil Wars’ 2011 hit “Barton Hollow” AND give The Man In Black a run for his money.” (Taylor Weston, Conway Revel)
Treva Blomquist is a performing singer-‐songwriter whose accolades include Kerrville New Folk Festival Finalist, USA Songwriting Competition Honorable Mention, among others. Blomquist has a song on The Gospel Coalition’s (TGC’S) first worship album Songs for the Book of Luke and performed at TGC’s National Conference in 2013. In addition, she helps lead worship weekly at Christ Church Conway and has opened for Suzanne Vega, Over the Rhine, Ben Taylor and many more. Treva was born in Chehalis, Washington and currently resides in Conway, Arkansas where she has been writing, touring and performing across the southeast. So We Would Know is Treva’s fourth independent album release.”
“Amanda Slikker’s story begins on a beautiful Sunday afternoon at the US Naval Academy. Two months into her navy career, she was enjoying the first and, as it turns out, only rugby game she would ever play. During one of the plays, the head of one of the players slammed into her chin, throwing her jaw out of place and putting her in excruciating pain. This injury would change her life forever.
Amanda became a Christian as a child and was outspoken about her faith while at school. Even so, her beliefs were never challenged until she faced agonizing pain. She had countless surgeries, each one weakening her health a bit more. As time went on, she wondered why God was making her go through this unbelievable pain. She had been a healthy child growing up and did not know how to deal with this kind of suffering. She found herself questioning the truths she had learned from the Bible.
My Comfort in Affliction is a profoundly personal journey through Amanda’s struggles with her faith. She shares her prayers, thoughts, and the Scripture that gave her peace and hope during her unexpected tribulations. God led Amanda through her physical pain and with His hand pulled her to the mountains filled with joy and peace. Her story is a testament to God’s faithfulness and everlasting love.”
An offering will be taken during the concert. Proceeds will go to RUF Reformed University Fellowship at UCA & Hendrix College.