Prime Osborn Convention Center opening to help Jacksonville citizen’s post-Irma

Through Sunday, The Prime Osborn Convention Center (1000 Water St.- 32204) is opening its doors to help people seeking to “cool off” a bit with air-conditioning and access to electricity and the Internet. Persons will need to bring their own equipment (electronics, and charging cords).

In addition, JEA will have representatives on-site to answer citizens’ questions about power restoration. The Prime Osborn is open Thursday-Sunday (Sept. 14-17) fronm 9 a.m.- 9 p.m.

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Disney’s Night of Joy! Friday schedule normal…Saturday night cancelled


UPDATE: Night of Joy 9/9

In anticipation of inclement weather associated with Hurricane Irma, please note the following event cancellations at the Walt Disney World Resort.

Night of Joy Friday night is on schedule and tickets are available.  

Night of Joy has been canceled on Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017.

The Night of Joy performances on Friday night will take place at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex as planned, while Saturday night’s performances have been canceled due to Hurricane Irma.

  • Guests with tickets for Saturday are welcome to attend Friday’s event instead by exchanging their ticket at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Box Office starting at 4 p.m. Friday.
  • Requests for a full refund for either event night will be honored by using the contact information listed below.

Frequently Asked Questions

I have a Night of Joy ticket and would like a refund. What should I do?

For a ticket refund please call (407) 939-7818 by January 31, 2018 between the hours of 7:00 a.m.–11:00 p.m., or email us at and have your ticket(s) for Saturday evening’s event available so we may process your request. Please use these options rather than coming to the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex for a refund.


I have tickets for both Friday and Saturday’s night’s Night of Joy events. What should I do?

You are welcome to attend Friday’s performance and get a refund for Saturday; or, you may get a full refund if not planning to attend at all.


I purchased tickets to Night of Joy as part of a group. What should I do?

Groups will be contacted directly by Walt Disney World for assistance.


Will Friday’s performances be impacted?

Friday night’s performances will go on as planned. The line-up is as follows:


·         6 p.m. – Danny Gokey

·         6:50 p.m. – Natalie Grant

·         8:15 p.m. – Zach Williams

·         9:30 p.m. – tobyMac

·         11:45 p.m. – MercyMe


·         6:30 p.m. – Rend Collective

·         8:30 p.m. – Matt Maher

·         10:45 p.m. – Colton Dixon

Women In Ministry

Some of you are pastors, First Ladies, associate pastors, music ministers, childcare workers, prayer ministry leaders, the ‘mom who drives all the kids to their events’, the mom who prays over her children’s school every day…usually multiple times every day.  You are all involved in ministry and we love and appreciate you all.  So, the Promise is holding our annual Women In Ministry brunch.

Saturday March 25 at the newly remodeled Sheraton Jacksonville on Deerwood Park.

Enjoy a fabulous brunch, Music from Hannah Kerr

and Special speaker June Hunt,

a nationally sought after speaker and broadcaster.

The event is now FULL!

Thank you!

Women in Ministry brought to you by:



Martin Luther King Day Parade and Concert

Monday January 16th

Parade starts at 10am from Everbank Stadium and travels to the Prime Osbourne Center

The Concert starts at 12:30 at Hemming Park (new location) featuring:

  • Jason & Tori Peoples of Truthful Justice
  • First Coast Chamber Chorus
  • Demetrus Senior (from the Turn it Up Radio Show)

Presented by:

Your local Burger King

EJ’s Quality Auto Sales

CNL Detailing and Landscaping
Capstone Institute 

Operation Tennessee

More than 20 area churches are gathering together to help the families affected by the fires in Tennessee.  Items are being gathered that will be transported by truck to the areas in need.  

We’d like to have the truck loaded and ready to leave Wednesday so the supplies will be in the hands of those who need it by Thursday.  WILL YOU HELP?  

Items needed: (All sizes)

  • Clothes
  • Shoes
  • Coats
  • New underwear and socks
  • Toiletry items
  • Diapers and Wipes
  • Bottled Water


Praise 107.9’s Pastor Appreciation Luncheon

No one does more for us than our pastors.  They care, they pray, they plan, they encourage…and it’s time we let them know how much they mean to us.

The Promise invites all those in full time Christian service to join us at The TPC Sawgrass as we appreciate and encourage all our pastors.  This year’s keynote speaker is PGA great Fred Funk!

There will be door prizes, great entertainment and a delicious lunch just to say ‘thank you’ to those who work tirelessly for us.

Please CLICK HERE and let us know you are coming!

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THANK YOU and Thanks to The Potters House

More than a thousand kids are back in school with school supplies…backpacks, shoews and clothes…food in the bellies and in the lunch boxes…thanks to you and The Potter’s House!


See the photos of a wonderful event…..

Kicks 4 the Kids

There are kids who will not go back to school with shoes that fit.  PLEASE HELP!

Drop off new or gently used shoes to the following locations…and THANK YOU!

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Shirley Murdock July 30th at The Salem Centre

Shirley Murdock in a special concert July 30th at The Salem Centre.  Click here to buy your tickets…starting Friday!!

Seasoned R&B/Gospel vocalist, Shirley Murdock, has been on a journey.
Since the age of 15, she aimed for a gospel career.  In the `80s, Roger Troutman, funk bandleader for the group Zapp snagged Murdock a record deal with Elektra Records where she recorded Top 10 R&B hits such as “As We Lay,” “Go On Without You,” “Husband” and “In Your Eyes.”
Then, in 1999,  Bishop T. D. Jakes took Murdock under his wing and invited her to sing on his #1 CD, Sacred Love Songs.

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Since, then, she’s toured in gospel stage plays and recorded gospel hits, like the Stellar and Dove Award nominated “I Love Me Better Than That.”
Now, Murdock has realized a lifelong dream of recording her first live CD/DVD entitled, “Live: The Journey” on Tyscot Records.
Aside from writing or co-writing all twelve songs, Murdock also made the project distinctive by including duets with her longtime industry pals… Kelly Price, Regina Belle and Beverly Crawford on the soulfully sanctified project.
On the set, Murdock showcases good old hand clapping, foot stomping songs like the up-tempo “He is God,” the Mardi Gras-flavored “Rejoice Come On” and the powerful worship song, “Lord, You Reign.”
Kelly Price, who enjoyed a hit with a remake of “As We Lay”
joins her for the tender, “Keep Lovin’ Me.”
Murdock infuses songs like, “It’s In Your Hands” and “The Word” with her R&B roots and Regina Belle absolutely shines on the jazzy, “The Upward Way.”
The incredible Beverly Crawford steps on board to rock the traditional, “He Is The Rock.”
“God Can Do Anything” percolates with spunky funk, while “Winner In Me” and “Dream” are inspiring anthems.
Price, Belle and Crawford all join Murdock for the rousing closing song, “Someday.”
Throughout, the highlight of the project is Murdock’s vocal technique, a unique blend of jazz scatting and church runs, that never fail to bring unique verve and character to each song.

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This is the life Murdock always envisioned for herself. The youngest of six kids, she was born in Toledo, Ohio.  “My upbringing was great, but my parents divorced when I was about nine years old,” she says. There was always music in the house, from the gospel melodies of Rev. James Cleveland, Shirley Caesar and the Hawkins Family, to Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight   and Stevie Wonder. “I took songs like ‘Hypnotized’ by Linda Jones and learn how to do runs.  They were fascinating!   I used a hairbrush for a microphone and locked myself up in the bathroom to practice, because the acoustics were so great. My siblings would always complain and beg me to get out because I was taking too long, practicing my vocals.” Murdock’s biggest dream was to become a professional gospel singer.

“In the early ’70s gospel music was not what it is today,” she concludes. “It was a very tight field… Those doors didn’t open for me.”  Still, she kept pushing and hoping for an opportunity, until one day her cousin took a recording of Murdock singing gospel to Roger Troutman, who had no connections in the gospel music industry, but he was amazed by Murdock’s voice. Roger offered her a deal that she initially refused. “I said, `Lord, is really you? Is this the door you’re opening for me?” Going into secular music wasn’t my plan; I just was just trying to figure out and follow God’s plan for my life.” Murdock moved to Dayton where Troutman mentored her in his musical boot camp. “It was God ordained,” she confesses. “I met my husband, got married and started a family in Dayton. ”

Success came quickly for Murdock with the release of her gold-selling debut LP, Shirley Murdock! … on Elektra Records. After her initial hit, “No More,” stormed the dance charts, the tender ballad “As We Lay” shot up to #5 on the Billboard R&B singles chart and also charted nicely on both the Top 40 adult contemporary and pop charts in 1986.
A chance meeting with Bishop T.D. Jakes at a post-service gathering at Murdock’s pastor’s home, led to her recording “The Lady, Her Lover, and Lord,” on his Sacred Love Songs, project in 1999.  “I told Bishop Jakes that I always wanted to do a gospel CD, so when he launched his record label, Dexterity Sounds, he called me and said, “…here’s your chance to do that CD.’”   The Home project received a warm embrace from the gospel world and reached #9 on the Billboard Top Gospel albums chart in 2002. It was a dream come true that Murdock feels may have never happened were it not for her secular career. “I never pursued a secular career,” she testifies. “It came to me. It opened an opportunity for me to take the gospel into the secular arena in ways that many gospel artists cannot.

All of my r&b CDs had always had a gospel or inspirational song on them and I always had a gospel segment in my set.  I remember a waitress coming up to me after a concert one night at a club and said, she wasn’t supposed to work that night, but was glad she did.  She told me she used to be saved.  I said, “Used to be? Baby, God is married to the backslider!”  Right there, in that club, she gave her life back to the Lord again.  It wasn’t traditional church but, I believe I was truly ordained to be there at that moment in time, just for her!”