Schedule

Please know that I often perform at two locations on Sundays… in a morning worship service and also later in the day, mid-afternoon or evening. So if you see a Sunday date you like but it has a booking already, there may still be an option for you at the other time of day.

You can reach me at 319-431-9934 or jonathan@paraphrasetheatre.com.

I look forward to speaking with you.  Thanks and Blessings!     

+ Jonathan

Oct. 19 (Sunday pm)  Come 2 Go Ministries     Fort Wayne, IN   Witnesses

Nov. 16 (Sunday aft)  St. John’s Lutheran  Danforth, IL   Celebrate the Child

Nov. 19 (Wed Eve)  Hope Lutheran + Other Host Churches at St. Bridget’s Catholic Church, River Falls, Wi   Witnesses

Nov 23 (Sun am) Cross Roads Luth Parish  Osage, IA  Celebrate the Child

Nov. 23 (Sun pm)  Discover Church   Brooklyn Park, MN  Witnesses

Nov 30  (Sun, 9:30am) Hope Lutheran Church  Edgar, WI   Celebrate the Child

Dec 3  (Wed)  Praise Community Church  Mason City, IA   Celebrate the Child

Dec 7 (Sun am)  Tracy  Lutheran Church   Tracy, MN  Celebrate the Child

Dec 7 (Sun aft.)   Mount Carmel Family Camp   Alexandria, MN  Celebrate the Child

Dec 12 (Fri)  Christ the Servant Lutheran Church  Norfolk, NE  Celebrate the Child

Dec. 13/14 (Sat/Sun) Thanksgiving Lutheran    Belleveu, NE    Celebrate the Child

Dec 17  Immanuel Lutheran Church  West Dundee, IL    Celebrate the Child

Dec. 10, 21, 24 and 28  are prime dates that are still open for booking the Christmas show.   There may be other open dates as well, depending on the plans for your event.

2015 BOOKINGS…

Jan 2-4     Des Moines Youth Quake,  Des Moines, IA  Keynote Speaker, Actor

Jan 7        Bethany Lutheran Cherry Hills Village, CO  Witnesses

Jan 16-8   St Louis Youth Quake, St, Louis, MO   Keynote Speaker, Actor

Jan 30 -Feb 2   Extravaganza ELCA National Youth Ministries Conference   Detroit, MI           Main Stage Presenter

Feb 6-8      Toledo Youth Encounter Youth Quake, Toledo, OH  Keynote Speaker, Actor

Feb 8  Grace Lutheran  Toledo, OH   Witnesses

Feb 18  (Ash Wed)   Augustana Lutheran   W. St. Paul, MN   Witnesses

March 4 (Wed)  St. Joseph’s Catholic   Marion, IA   Witnesses

March 20 (Fri)    Two Rivers Vineyard Church  Mankato, MN  Witnesses

 

 

 

 

 

Recent Posts

Empty Nest

Jana and I spent the summer and early fall at Mount Carmel Family Camp and Retreat Center in Alexandra, MN.  I have been the Interim Director of Programming there the last two years and Jana has been working as their Director of Development.

As a result of being away from our home in Cedar Rapids until just a few days ago, we are aware that our empty-nesting phase had not really begun until now.  It was easy to feel like both our daughters were just “away at camp” this summer … or like we were were all on some sort of “extended leave of absence” from normal life.  Swenson_0031

So this past Thursday was our first full day back in Cedar Rapids… and thus, the first official day of Jana and I being empty-nesters in our actual home…. and under “normal” conditions. We did enjoy the six weeks of early fall quite a bit … going on several long walks, dating more than we have been able to do… talking and dreaming about the future … but we also realized we were not yet fully experiencing life, emotionally, without the girls around. Now that we are home, it is feeling more real.  The days of watching those two little blondies, loaded down with backpacks, heading off to school… are now a thing of the past.  Good… no….  GREAT memories, but memories nonetheless.

And so, a new chapter begins…

Thoughts at the two month mark of empty-nesting? Though it is less crazy-fun and more quiet, I do like getting to know my wife again. I feel like we are EACH getting an old friend back. Not that that person ever left, but the reality is… one’s attention is divided the from the moment the first baby is born, and this is as it should be. But, truth be told, I DO like getting my friend back. (I THINK Jana does too.) 

So, here’s to the new phase… and whatever life will bring. This much I know… though we drive each other crazy at times… the truth is… I love my wife.

I do miss those Blondies somethin’ fierce.. but this is okay. I’ve got a good roommate to keep me company.

So, here we go, Jana Swenson. Let’s do this thing…

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