GraceFest on the Green 2022

Free Concert on May 7

bmonthly presents Sanctus Real, Stars Go Dim, and Tim Timmons performing in a FREE concert at Tower Center at Unity Square on May 7, from 5 pm - 8 pm! Opening acts OFF The Grid and BWade begin at 4pm. This will be a fun evening of worship you won't want to miss! Measured By Character will present the film "Greater" after the concert. The concert will benefit The Journey Home. Text 918-416-7418 to donate to The Journey Home.

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Several delicious food options will be available onsite: Shorties Grille, Tate's Tater Truck, Ryan's Dawgs, Local Juice Co., Chick-fil-A, DJ's Southern Snow, The Okie Lemon, Sippin Sweet Co., The Love Shack, and RoSo's Coffee Company.

Thank you to our sponsors for the evening: Diversified Systems Resources-DSR, Patriot Auto Group, Sutterfield Financial Group, INC, Comforting Hands HospiceBartlesville Health & Rehab Community. Bartlesville Radio, The House FM, Get Real Ministries, HeraSoft, Stride Bank, Colaw Fitness, andFirst Wesleyan Church.

Sanctus Real

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Formed in 1996, the Ohio-based trio has seen major success over their 25-year career span, earning two GRAMMY® Award nominations, a GMA Dove Award® and six GMA Dove nominations. With a total of nine studio albums, most recently 2019's Unstoppable God, which was the follow-up to 2018's Changed, Sanctus Real has accumulated eight No. 1's and eight top five singles on multiple Christian radio formats.

To date, the band has sold more than 1.2 million albums and their music has been streamed 210+ million times globally. With a cumulative radio audience totalling 3.7 billion, they also have more than 25 million lifetime YouTube streams and thousands of days clocked on the road traveling all over the world, touring with other established artists such as MercyMe, Jeremy Camp, needtobreathe, Skillet, and more.

‘My God is still the same.’

After months of uncertainty and physical separation these were some of the first words shared face to face between myself and a small group of friends in the summer of 2020. It was just a few months earlier when circumstances beyond anyone’s control closed down the entire touring industry, and life as everyone knew it for the foreseeable future. A tiny virus forced most of us into a time of isolation, and for a lot of people a time of panic and despair.

It would be easy to think of these times as uniquely difficult. For the most part a lot of what we’re experiencing is something totally unseen before by our generation. There were so many questions without answers as the weeks and months of 2020 passed by with what seemed like an unending amount of bad news. When Dustin and I were first able to get together after four long months of quarantine we knew we had to write about God’s steadiness throughout the ages as a way to encourage people right now. There was one thing we felt we could communicate with certainty no matter how quickly everything around us had changed - that our God is still the same.

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Hebrews 13:8

Stars Go Dim

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Formed in 2007 as a mainstream pop band, today Stars Go Dim is the moniker for Christian pop artist and songwriter Chris Cleveland. After years at the helm of an acclaimed independent secular band and more than a decade leading worship at Tulsa’s Asbury United Methodist Church—one of America’s largest congregations—Cleveland found success in the Christian format with his self-titled debut album. The singer has garnered three Top 5 hits and a massive No. 1 radio smash with “You Are Loved.” In addition, Stars Go Dim has toured with for KING & COUNTRY, Lauren Daigle and Phil Wickham, among others, and has been featured on the Winter Jam Tour Spectacular. Poised to release new music throughout 2018, Stars Go Dim’s latest single, “Heaven On Earth,” is available now at all digital service providers.

Stars Go Dim began as a side project of the Christian rock band Pillar. Wittig and Estelle ultimately left Pillar to focus on Stars Go Dim in 2008. Avalos was also a touring member of Pillar before committing to the new band, and was previously in Justifide.

After forming in late 2007, the band finished recording and finally released their first self-titled EP in October 2008, which consists of five tracks: "Come Around", "Crazy", "Walk On", "Incredible", and, "Get Over It". Avalos stated that, "We just love to write songs that make you want to sing-along," and "it wasn't until I had written a twelve or so songs that we realized what we had. It's really this intricate mess of a love story that will unfold itself with our full-length album."

After forming and releasing their first EP, the band has had a moderate string of success. They've opened up for Switchfoot, The Fray, Daughtry, and Graham Colton and have shared the stage with Paramore, The All-American Rejects, and The Roots. The band credits their success to their fans. Cleveland stated, "We really do have the best fans. Really. They were onboard with us when we just had a few videos of us writing the songs and no other music or bells and whistles to offer." Wittig also commented about the band's fans, saying, "The online communities have helped us get to know our fans better and vice versa. We're always coming up with new ways to connect."

To follow up their EP, the band released their first full-length album Love Gone Mad August 4, 2009. Since 2010 Lester Estelle II is not an official band member, but he still does engineering and studio work for the band. In 2011 SGD released two singles, "Like I Mean It" and "Hesitate", and shot music videos for both. "Like I Mean It" music video is taken for rotation on mtvU in February 2011. The band signed to Fervent Records, a Word Records imprint, where they released their first major label studio album, Stars Go Dim, on October 30, 2015.

Tim Timmons

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After two decades of ministry and a lifetime of looking for Jesus, Timmons is no stranger to pain, cancer, sorrow, failure, joy and hope. “For most of my life,” Timmons shares, “I found myself working FOR God, and not WITH Him, which lead to my tired soul desperately searching for more. Saying, ‘Jesus, is this all there is?’”

His latest single, “You Never Let Go” featuring Tammi Haddon, is a prayer to remind us that regardless of the season we find ourselves in, how connected or disconnected we feel to God, He will NEVER, ever let us go.

What a gift that God used Timmons time with Tammi Haddon and Stefan Cashwell at a songwriting retreat to write a prayer that would be so timely in the unique year that 2020 has been. “We all came in with different heartaches the day we wrote that song, and we all left with the same prayer,” Timmons shares. What beauty that an organic relationship and friendship would lead to a tangible sound of unity in diversity and unity in the hope, without them knowing how much we would end up needing it in this time.

This overarching concept of the walking WITH Jesus permeates not only Timmons’ music, but also his daily life—a unique viewpoint shaped by an incurable cancer diagnosis he received twenty years ago when he was given five years to live.

“The gift of cancer is perspective,” Timmons offers, adding that his cancer remains incurable other than the healing hand of God. “It’s really the open door to speak into people’s stories.” His diagnosis may be the doorway for countless healthy, life-giving conversations, but Timmons has far more than a cancer diagnosis to talk about.

Since his 2013 debut, Cast My Cares, and his 2015 Sophomore project, Awake Our Souls, Timmons has been writing songs for himself and with other artists, such as MercyMe’s Grammy Nominated song of the year “EVEN IF”. All of these songs, and as Timmons calls them, “prayers”, have stemmed from personal experience—after spending the previous 15 years leading worship in Orange County, California, and now 9 years of full time touring around the world. His music is colored by a newfound purpose of living each day to its fullest—practicing a full life WITH Jesus.

“I hear so many stories after every show where people are just stuck in a religion, they’re so exhausted, shame-filled, powerless, and joyless,” he notes. “When people bring me their stories, I want to have songs that actually help them through their journey and invite them beyond fear, into a more complete perspective. As a worship leader that’s my whole goal. I’m not there to help people just sing songs...My job is to help people own their response to Jesus.”

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Measured by Character

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After the concert, don't miss a featured showing of Greater presented by Measured by Character. Brandon Burlsworth is perhaps the greatest walk-on in the history of college football. Brandon had always dreamed of playing for the Arkansas Razorbacks, but was considered too short and too fat to play Division I. Undeterred, Brandon took a big risk and walked on in 1994. Written off by fellow teammates and coaches, Brandon displayed dogged determination in the face of staggering odds. An extremely devoted Christian, Brandon never cursed or drank. He was genuinely humble and low-key. He worked harder than anybody, on and off the field, becoming the first Razorback to earn a Bachelor's and Master's degree while still playing. The overly-fat kid who was once an embarrassment to his teammates and an annoyance to his coaches, ended up becoming the most respected player in the history of the program, changing the lives of all he touched. Eleven days after being drafted into the NFL, Brandon was tragically killed in a car accident, crushing all who knew him. Brandon was "too good to be true". How could something like that happen to this guy? The age-old question slammed down upon all with terrible force: "Why do bad things happen to good people?" Brandon's story is more than mere football. It is the ultimate expression of the question "Why?" Greater will provide hope and inspiration as it strives to wrestle with this challenge and find reasons to trust. It is "Rudy" meets "It's a Wonderful Life".

Official Hotel for Gracefest

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The Apartments at Hotel Phillips is a historic building that housed thousands of Phillips Petroleum employees for decades. Built in the 1940s by the Phillips Petroleum Company and completed in the early 50s, Hotel Phillips was originally designed as both a hotel and apartment building. Recently, the property owners have embarked on a major renovation in order to bring this distinctive Bartlesville landmark back to its beautiful, mid-century roots while providing a modern, high-end and affordable housing option.


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