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Thousands Expected to Attend FHU’s RUSH

Henderson, Tenn. - Sep 13, 2016

Thousands of middle and high school students are expected to converge at Freed-Hardeman University Sept. 16 - 18, 2016, for a weekend of worship, learning and fun. This year’s RUSH (Reaching Unlimited Spiritual Heights) will examine lessons learned in “The Desert.”

“When Jesus was tempted by Satan in the desert, he referenced lessons learned from the children of Israel as they wandered through the desert,” Joe Askew, FHU admissions director, said. “We believe these lessons will help young people not only survive the deserts in their lives, but learn how to avoid them altogether.”

Classes taught by FHU faculty and staff and keynotes presented by the tag team trio of Askew, Joseph Waffird and Ray Baker will address the theme. All three are members of the FHU staff.

The weekend’s entertainment will feature a Friday night concert by Cereus Bright, a folk/rock band out of Knoxville. The group released their debut album, “Excuses,” July 29. Many of the songs on it are what they call “upbeat songs about hard subjects.” According to their website, Cereus Bright wants “to make honest music—songs about real life, which can be beautiful or messy or both.”

A performance by stage hypnotist Jim Wand will highlight Saturday evening’s entertainment. He has presented his comedy hypnosis shows at more than 900 colleges and universities coast-to-coast. He is the founder and owner of Wand Enterprises, The Hypnosis Agency. Wand, who holds a Ph.D. in psychology has been a stage hypnotist for more than 25 years.

Registration is $30 per person with Saturday lunch and dinner included, or participants may pay $20 and arrange for their own meals. Both options include a t-shirt, registration packet, special events, speakers, entertainment and classes. Additional information and registration are available at