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The Core Provides More Than Entertainment

Wednesday Sept. 21, 2016, (per the Sept. 11th morning service!)

" What a wonderful worship service we had in early September thanks to the acoustic duo of "The Core."  In our attempt to try something ?different? for what is typically our Homecoming Sunday, we decided to hold our first Celebration Sunday and invite a Christian band to perform. Trying something different always takes a leap of faith but we were instantly relieved while working with Henry and Mark. They provided links to their videos to help us choose music, tailored the music selections to fit the message of the service, worked closely with our music director and prepared a perfect service of music for us. The congregation was so pleased. The music was a perfect fit for the service meant to celebrate our faith together. Each piece, whether new or old, played a part in bringing us all closer to God and to each other. We can?t thank them enough! "



Aug. 21st 2015....

"Liked it very much. There are ministries that interject

minor anecdotes or "lead in" stories between the music,

but you guys we're different; you "told" a story, and

explained using scripture lessons to enhance the music.

I found you to be captivating, humorous, and reverent,

as well as being a group of talented musicians and singers.

A job well done faithful servants!"

- Ray Athaide -

Catacombs Coffeehouse

Cranston, RI

(by permission)


(and from the same evening....)

"Thanks for the other night guys! I would tell everyone 

that The Core uniquely covers contemporary and classic 

worship songs (as well as some seldom heard tunes) that 

can touch the heart deeply to those ready to receive it. 

I look forward to seeing them

again!.....Sheila. (by permission)


June 6th 2015....Joseph's House, Torrington Ct.

" This was an awesome event. The music and message we're 

touching, relaxing and heartwarming. We enjoyed the 

humor too. It was much needed for the end of a busy 

week. Thank you guys. We truly felt blessed and we hope

to see you again at Joseph's House."

....Sharon (by permission)




May 1, 2013

Saint James Episcopal website posting http://stjamespoquetanuck.ctdiocese.org/default.asp:

 They are coming to St. James? Church on May 31, 2013, from 7-9p.m. ? two men with a sincere mission. They want to share a ministry of music, to use that music to show others the ways they have learned to cope with hardships and troubles.

This duo, calling themselves The Core, have experienced much of both, along with joys and hopes and good times. In other words, they are like the rest of us, not angels, having feet of clay, but persevering and often triumphing through their faith.

Many of St. James? parishioners will remember The Core for leading music at church during the Lenten healing services as well as music for the funeral of Ryan Buck.

St. James', Poquetanuck

95 Rte 2A

Preston, CT 06365

Phone: 860-889-0150

 

 September 21, 2012

Over the past several years, the First Congregational Church of South Windham has been truly blessed by the music and ministry of The Core. Their music, their lyrics, their testimonies come from the very core of their own being and Christian faith which is rich in belief and trust in the Lord, Jesus Christ. Their lyrics speak to the realities of spiritual doubt, worry, and fear that each of us have experienced in our own lives with the joy and gratitude for the answers that both Henry and Mark have found through Christ. Their music is as soothing as it is reassuring. They have shared with grace and humility their music and stories during our Sunday morning worship as well as during a coffee house that the church ran on Wednesday evenings. Theirs is a ministry of worship, hope, and dedication to God that enriches spiritually all who have the opportunity to partake in their ministry of outreach.

Yours in faith,

The Reverend Martha Nilsen, Pastor

First Congregational Church of South Windham, CT

Cell Phone: 860-857-3334

 

 

MAY 12TH, 2012...

 MARK AND I HAD PLAYED AT "THAT CAMPMEETING COFFEEHOUSE" THIS PAST FEBRUARY (17th 2012!)  AFTER THE GIG, A WOMAN CAME UP TO SHARE THIS BASIC SENTIMENT WITH ME!  IT WAS KIND OF A DEER IN THE HEADLIGHTS MOMENT, AND I WAS HONORED WHEN SHE SHARED WHO SHE WAS! SO HERE, IN HER OWN WORDS, AND WITH HER PERMISSION, DO I SHARE THIS. THANK YOU, DIANE!

 "We all have heartache and at times; life is not easy. As Christians we face things that try our faith. As I listened to the stories behind Henry and Mark's songs, and the music itself, it touched my soul. The stories brought their songs above the ordinary. They were expressed so well that one could not help but see God's hand in one's own life. In my role as a pastoral counselor, I had a longing for my own clients to listen and hear, and be able to rise above their difficulties, be brought into God's throne room, to sense His presence, and be given a conviction that God will lead them through their hard place and find peace" - Diane; M.A. - Pastoral Counselor in Windham County, Connecticut.

 

From The Congregational Chronicle, newsletter of the Central Village Congregational Church, June, 2010

by Kathy McKnight

 

They came to the Central Village Coffeehouse on May 1 ? two men with a sincere mission. They wanted to share a ministry of music, to use that music to show others the ways they have learned to cope with hardships and troubles.

 

This duo, calling themselves The Core, have experienced much of both, along with joys and hopes and good times. In other words, they are like the rest of us, not angels, having feet of clay, but persevering and often triumphing through their faith.

 

Henry Mioduszewski is the lead singer and plays acoustic rhythm guitar, while Mark Elliott plays lead acoustic guitar and sings harmonies. The Contemporary Christian music they choose to perform are songs with many layers, songs by people like Rich Mullins, Bebo Norman and Amy Grant. They run the gamut of religious expression from Mullins rather cynical ?Hard to Get,? which wonders whether Jesus has turned his back on this harsh world, to the song of comfort, ?Somewhere Down the Road,? a tribute by Amy Grant to give some perspective to tragic events. Before each song, Henry tells a story to help listeners connect to the message in the song.

 

The men of The Core believe so strongly in their mission that they were happy to perform without payment, wanting the free will offering collected to be put to good use by our church. We thank them for that! Henry says he feels ?blessed to be doing what I?m doing.? He?s often pleased by comments that tell him he is making a difference.

 

Indeed, one man offered a profound comment, stating that the ministry of The Core offers ?a unique blend of pain and hope which doesn?t shrink from sadness but never gives in to despair."

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