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Edgeworth family helps to kick off events surrounding Festival of Hope

| Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 3:34 p.m.

When the Rev. Billy Graham last hosted a revival in Pittsburgh, the late Fred Fetterolf of Edgeworth was the executive leader of the event.

Now — more than 20 years later, as preparations are being made for this year's Three Rivers Festival of Hope featuring his son, the Rev. Franklin Graham — another Edgeworth resident is heading the leadership team.

Cynthia Scott said Fetterolf's widow, Fran Fetterolf, and her family are helping this year as other activities are being held as kickoffs for the August festival, which will be held in association with Billy Graham Evangelistic Association at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh.

On Friday, the Rev. Franklin Graham Festival Pastors' Prayer Luncheon with the Revs. Henry and Melvin Blackaby, will be held at noon in The Westin Convention Center, Allegheny Ballroom, 1000 Penn Ave.,Pittsburgh.

Blackaby is a pastor and founder and president emeritus of Blackaby Ministries International, an organization based in Jonesboro, Ga.,built to help people experience God.

His son, Melvin Blackaby is senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Jonesboro.

The Blackabys will conduct a Franklin Graham Festival Prayer Gathering at 7 p.m. on Friday in Victory Family Church, Cranberry.

Scott, who discussed the festival when she was featured on Cornerstone Television's “Real Life,” on Wednesday said the prayer gathering will draw believers from all over the area to pray for the festival's success, the city, the region and for people to come to know Jesus Christ.

Other events will include Christian Life and Witness courses to be held throughout May in a variety of Pittsburgh area churches, including Christ Church at Grove Farm in Ohio Township.

Completion of the course is required for those who wish to be counselors at the Three Rivers Festival of Hope.

Scott said her committee is planning its Community Action Project for July 24, in conjunction with Urban Impact Pittsburgh, based in Pittsburgh's Allegheny Center neighborhood,and its Man-Up Pittsburgh,a father's conference to be held at Orchard Hill Church in Franklin Park,which will feature celebrity guests.

The Rev. Ed Glover, who lives on the North Side and preaches at Christ Church at Grove Farm, is the founder, along with his wife, Tammy, and president of Urban Impact.

Urban Impact works to foster Christian community development throughout the North Side of Pittsburgh area through athletics, academics, performing arts and ministry.

Scott said her committee will donate supplies for North Side schools.

Throughout the planning process for the events and festival, Scott said it has been a “privilege to meet those people serving God around the region.”

She said there is a “generous heart for prayer here.”

The Three Rivers Festival of Hope, to be held Aug. 15 to 17, beginning at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 4 p.m. on Sunday, at the Consol Energy Center, will offer free admission and will feature Christian music, the Charlie Daniels Band, Graham presenting the Gospel, prayers, testimonies and counseling.

For more information, visit www.threerivershope.org.

Joanne Barron is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-324-1406 orjbarron@tribweb.com.

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