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Thrift Store Bureaucracy

Susan Cepin: lead vocals and Guitar
Steve Yeakley: vocals and lead bass
Chris Williams: vocals and bass
Mike Wise: vocals and Drums

In the social sciences, a bureaucracy is a large organization characterized by hierarchy, fixed rules, impersonal relationships, rigid adherence to procedures, and a highly specialized division of labor . . . all at a Thrift Store?

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the Skeptic Chickens
Susan Cepin: Guitar and Vocals
Karen Lefevre: Piano and Vocals
Keith Brunson: Bass and Vocals
Russ Lewis: Drums and Vocals
Gareth Markwardt: Lead Guitar

skeptic Chickens

Are They Really Roosters
Skeptic Chickens is the first official Village Band. They started 13 years ago, and have never changed members. Their wall of sound and 75 years combined vocal training defines the signature style of the Village.


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Charlie Brown Trio
Susan Cepin: Vocals and Guitar
Corey Gilchrist: Vocals and Guitar
Chris Williams: Bass
Russ Lewis: Drums

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The Others
Karen Lefevre – Lead Vocals and Piano
Eric Cepin – Vocals and Lead Guitar
Chris Williams – Bass
Mike Wise – Drums and Vocals

The Others formed for the purpose of stepping in when Mark Crawford – of the Flashbacks – and Susan Cepin – of the Skeptic Chickens – were unavailable to play. We are simply, the Other band.

The Flashbacks

Mark Crawford: lead vocals and guitar
Keith Brunson: vocals and bass
Eric Cepin: vocals and lead guitar
Russ Lewis: vocals and drums

The deportation of leaders was a common feature of both Assyrian and Babylonian imperial policy. In biblical studies the term “the exile” or “captivity” refers to the deportation of Judah‘s leaders from Jerusalem in the 6th century. Earlier the leaders of the Northern Kingdom (Israel) had been deported by the Assyrians, following the fall of Samaria in 722BC.

The estimates of numbers deported vary (Jer 52:28-30 lists three deportations and gives 4,600 as the total exiled from Judah; while 2 Kgs 24:14 claims 10,000 in the first deportation alone). Whatever the exact figure, only a proportion of the population was directly affected. Yet since these were the leaders and skilled craft workers (2 Kgs 24:14,16) and since, at the same time, the Lord’s temple and the city of Jerusalem were destroyed, the effect on the nation was traumatic. Psalms like 137 and the quotations from exiles in the prophets (e.g. Is 49:14) give a feel of the extent to which the foundations of faith and nation were shaken.

Thus “the exile” in this sense is a watershed in the history of the Old Testament. Literature after the exile (post-exilic) is very different from that addressed to the period of the monarchy (pre-exilic).

While it was the deportation of Judah‘s leaders which marked the Old Testament texts most, when Amos speaks of exile it is deportation from the North by Assyria of which he warns. Amos fears that the coming punishment may be final, for God’s patience is near its end. Amos 5:3 warns of military decimation, while in 5:14-15 (one of the few places where the disaster is not spoken of as total) notice that the possibility of “grace” is opened only for the “remnant” of Joseph, thus after the destruction. (“Joseph” is here Northern Israel personified.) In fact, although we know of Judean exiles who returned (see 2 Chronicles 36:22f.; Ezra, Nehemiah etc.) there is no indication in the Bible or other sources of the fate of the Northern exiles.

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