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A look into a music minsitry
based in the Twin Cities, PAGE 2
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Cosmonaught is not your average band. Not only
do they have a heart to communicate Jesus through
passionate lyrics surrounded by epic dance rock music,but they build real relationships with their audience.
They want to see a growth o understanding who God is
sprout up in each o their listeners lives.Were not just about going, seeing, and then leaving.
We actually want to be there or people, drummer
Adam Byer said.Cosmonaught began two years ago when lead singer
and guitarist Ben Pierce and Byer met at a school inNew Zealand. They started leading worship together at
a church in Minneapolis, and then keyboardist DavidDonnelly joined the duo.
The band gave their rst unocial perormance at aClub 3 Degrees tournament a ew months later, but theydidnt dub their group Cosmonaught until September
2010. Joe Riley (bass), Courtney Pierce (vocals), and EricBerg (guitar #2) were added to the group then.
The band has grown almost unnaturally since itsbeginning. In Ben Pierces words, they are ridiculouslydierent rom where they were a year ago. Their
rst competition put them on the lowest end o thescoreboard, and their most recent per ormance carried
them to the top.Our rst show at the Club 3 tournament was terrible,
but weve improved immensely since then. We went
rom getting a score in the low 80s to a score o 115. The
dierence in ve months has been crazy. We used that
last tournament as a catalyst, B. Pierce said.Cosmonaughts music has changed as well. They
want to present God in a way thats relevant with their
music and visuals. Their mission is to push the envelopon what creativity is through demonstrating the Gospelin a more creative way.
A big principle in our ministry is that you have toshow people who Jesus is, because lots o people have
a skewed vision o God and Christianity, Byer said.Through their constant pursuit or God and their
willingness to be used as tools or His k ingdom, theymaximize the platorm God has given them at every
show. They present a bold message o Jesus throughtheir lyrics, actions, and words.
Their platorm does not end on the stage, though.
Cosmonaught extends their ministry outside o showvenues to the relationships in their lives and the Bible
study they ormed. The Bible study opens up a placewhere the public can walk in and deepen their aithwith Jesus.
We want to be involved in the ministry side o it. Wewant people to grow in their understanding o God.
Were not interested in entertaining people, Byer said.Cosmonaughts vision is to connect with people and
help them see the realness o Christ through music that
is relatable to the modern generation. In the uture,
they want to put on evangelistic events throughout
the Twin Cities by partnering with local churches andschools. Young people could bring their non-Christianriends to the shows where a message o truth would be
presented.They are unreached and hungry or truth straight
Gospel truth. And they want to hear it because they are
desperate or something genuine, real, and applicableto their lives, B. Pierce said.
The past two years have been an incredible growingexperience or the band, but their dream is still hanging
in the clouds. They have huge plans, and their desire toreach a lost generation is evident through their passion
or music and relationship with people. They are not inexistence to start another bandwagon, trend thing.
They genuinely want to pour Jesus into peoples lives
by developing strong relationships with their listeners.Be bold and dont waste the platorm God has given
you. Use [it] or the thing that matters. Its signicant, B.Pierce said.
Cosmonaught will be opening or The Violet Burning
at Renewal Vineyard Church in Crystal, MN on Oct. 14at 7:00 p.m. Also, they will be perorming at Fine Line
Music Ca on Nov. 12. Check out their Facebook pageor more inormation and download their 4-song EP at
By REBEKAH JACOBSON
Maximizing the Platorm Through Music
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The act o
into or upon
Entry is North
mission statement is toallow students the opportunity
to minister to students in a variety o ways. The main
ocus o our service is to bring the message o God to
the student body in a 50-minute service so they may be
rereshed, encouraged, motivated, and well-rounded to
go and do the work o God in return or what they have
The services, held three days a week, which began on
Oct. 4, provide a unique way to enter or pass into daily
According to many students, one o the main
benets o attending Entry is the relaxed and intimate
I love the more personal eel o the smaller room. Im
not a an o huge crowds, so the smaller numbers and
personal aspect o it is great, senior pastoral studies
major Jordan Valley said.
Echoing Valleys thoughts, junior biblical languages
major Julian Flores said, The small setting allows the
students to speak whats actually on their minds, plus Im
a sucker or small churches and I get that homey eeling
in Entr y.
Flores also commented on how encouraging it is to hear
the hearts o ellow students because you get a little
insight into their spiritual walks and can be challenged by
Director o Entry, junior intercultural studies major
Sarah Kim, says the team has chosen a theme or this year
entitled Deeper. Their vision is the idea that no matter
where we are at, we are called to seek the deeper things
o God. The more we taste o H is goodness, the more we
hunger. I the way to Gods heart is a well, it is an innite
well. And the deeper we go, the richer the water.
Their goals or the student body will be drawn out
through scheduled services as well as an unscheduled
service on Wednesdays, which will be a time meant or
students to come seek the Lord in their own way.
The hope o the Entry team is to oster an environment
where students can know the Lord in a deeper way. It
is intended to be a place where the kingdom is sought
ater together, challenging students to be the heavenly
kingdom at work.
By JESSICA TRAUDT
Diving Into Gods Well
The all musical is an event many North Central
students look orward to each year, and the upcoming
production, Godspell, is no dierent. The showpresents a creative, playul take on the Gospel o
The intention o the musical was to present the
theme o community -- to show the people who came
together rom all dierent walks o lie to ollow Jesus,
said Assistant Proessor o Fine Arts Wayne Matthews.
However, the perormance is not a straight Gospel
narrative; rather, it presents a conglomeration o the
many parables and teachings o Jesus.
North Centrals ocus o Godspell will be presented
dierently than typical productions, it will be set ina high school showcasing dierent personalities
jocks, firts, goths, etc. -- which is an uncharacteristic
backdrop or the story.
Its not High School Musical. Its Godspell, but we
want it to be relatable. Our stereotypes arent over the
top -- theyre real people, Matthew said.
The play will concentrate on character development
around Jesus as a ocal point. Senior children and
amily ministries major Evan Fortunato, who will be
playing the role o a high school jock/disciple, says
exploring his character is one o the most exciting
parts o the production or him.
[The whole play] has very much been a
collaboration o all the cast to create things so ar, and
Im excited to see how it will turn out, Fortunato said.
In addition to the ocus on character development,
the original music, arranged by Peter Shu, provides a
more updated, modern eel to the original score.
The director and cast share a mutual desire or theaudience to gain more rom the experience beyond
The play is crazy and silly at times, but the main
ocus is on showing how Jesus can truly create change
in each person. I hope that NCU students gain a sense
o enjoymentbut more than that I hope they gain a