Old Fashioned Movie
It’s a small indie film being called the “anti-50 Shades of Grey” and is generating quite a bit of buzz in Hollywood–releasing to theaters the same weekend. If you’re looking for a movie about “old-fashioned” values, and a picture of romance based on respect and honor, then this is the one for you.
Jerry & Blanca got to sit down with its director and lead actor, Rik Swartzwelder to talk about the inspiration behind it–and how “old fashioned” values are really counter-cultural today, and the discussion he wants to start. He says, “The envelope really can’t be pushed much further by Hollywood,” and goes on to explain there’s a longing for innocence that has been lost in movies today. And that’s what he hopes this film will provide.
A romantic-drama, OLD FASHIONED centers on Clay Walsh, a former frat boy who gives up his reckless carousing and now runs an antique shop in a small Midwestern college town. There, he has become notorious for his lofty and outdated theories on love and romance as well as for his devout belief in God. When Amber Hewson, a free-spirited young woman with a restless soul, drifts into the area and rents the apartment above his shop, she finds herself surprisingly drawn to his strong faith and noble ideas, which are new and intriguing to her. And Clay, though he tries to fight and deny it, simply cannot resist being attracted to her spontaneous and passionate embrace of life. Ultimately, Clay must step out from behind his relational theories and Amber must overcome her own fears and deep wounds as the two of them, together, attempt the impossible: an “old-fashioned” and God-honoring courtship in contemporary America. – See more at: http://oldfashionedmovie.com/synopsis#sthash.hjK9pOfT.dpuf
A Drive-thru Difference Story
The Drive-thru Difference is catching and spreading all over the DC area–have you noticed? Have you tried it, or has someone done it for you? We love hearing the stories of this random act of kindness, and wanted to take a moment to share the note Crystal shared with us recently:
“I own a small consulting company and this past Thursday was our Drive-through-Difference day.
Here’s how it worked for us:I asked all employees to come to the office for lunch and when we had gathered together we talked about how we are all so very blessed, no matter what problems we have (some of us have quite a few) or what bills we have (some of us have quite a few of those also!) we have so much more than most of the people throughout the world. Because of that, we were going to do the Drive-through-Difference. I explained how the Drive-through-Difference worked, gave each of them a copy of the note and enough cash for their lunch, and for the person’s lunch behind them. Everyone seemed pretty excited to do it so we fanned out, each in our own cars, to some of the local fast food places near our office.
The result:I hadn’t realized it until I pulled into the line that, of course, when I pulled in, no one was behind me. I prayed for God to please have the person who pulled in behind me be someone who really needed a small gift of thoughtfulness today. A very fancy SUV pulled up behind me. The woman driving was beautiful and all dressed up. She looked great! And for a moment, I considered pulling out of the line and then swinging in again behind her. I really wanted God to bring someone who would be especially touched by the Drive-through-Difference! I was thinking it should be someone in a rusty car, maybe a van with lots of children… and was busy explaining that to God when it was too late, I was at the place in line where you place your order. I placed my order and inched my way up to the window where you pay. When I got to the payment window I explained to the cashier that I wanted to pay for the person behind me and to please give her this note. She was very confused and called for the manager. I explained it to the manager (nervously glancing in the rear view mirror to see the lady behind me looking annoyed with the delay) who beamed with delight when he understood what I was doing. It seemed to make his day! I paid and drove up to the last window where you pick up your food. I could see the manager through that window, back in front now with the rest of his staff, explaining to them what was happening and they were all smiles – absolutely beaming at the thought of it!
Back at the office:It didn’t take long for all of us to get back to the office with our lunches. As we ate we talked about our experiences. Almost every single employee was absolutely thrilled and beaming with the joy of having given something to someone. One employee said he had seen some homeless people looking miserable on the corner by our office and he was troubled by that. We quickly gathered our change together from the money I had given them for lunch and told him to run down and to give the money to them. He did and came back up smiling from ear-to-ear.It turns out that one of my employees was behind the person who was behind me, and she got to see that drivers reaction. She said the driver (our beautiful, put-together friend) was incredulous, asking several times for an explanation from the cashier and then crying when she understood. I’m taking that as a sign that she WAS touched by the Drive-through-Difference!Thank you so much for this movement. All of my employees were still very excited about it today. It was a great blessing to each of us, to the people who were behind us in line – and, unexpectedly, also to the people working at the fast food restaurants! How very like God to give so much more than we can imagine!”
Video – Matthew West – Day One
Matthew West in Concert
with special guest Colton Dixon May 1st. Tickets now on-sale.
A Weekend to Remember
Spend time refueling your marriage tank. Three area events.
Love Notes – Rotator
Our virtual community comes to life with a dynamic service presented by Gateway Fellowship
Help us spread God’s love all over the DC area!
Jeremy Camp CD Giveaway
Jerry vs. Third Grade Spelling Champion
Someone ends up with a dictionary…