12th annual Festival of Lights to be held Sept. 6, 7 at Penn State Fayette
The 12th annual Festival of Lights ... a Celebration Of Jesus will again be held at Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus, in September. This year's theme for the event is “The Love of God” taken from Ephesians 3:19.
“This event brings so many people from out of the area every year, and the attendance grows every year. I am always hopeful that attendance from our own Connellsville area will grow, too,” said the Rev. Don Smith of World Christian Outreach Ministries. “I want to extend an invitation to those who have never been to Festival of Lights to join us for this, our 12th year.”
The event is an Outreach Ministry of WCOM, at 503 W. Georgia Ave. in Connellsville.
“I know that those who attend will be enveloped in God's love and in his presence as they come away from all the noise of the world and put their full attention on him,” said Shirley Clawson, event coordinator. “It will definitely be a time of refreshing and renewal. Don't miss out on this weekend event. God is blessing us greatly by bringing these very anointed men and women of God to our area.”
Worship leaders, speakers and teachers include Terry MacAlmon, Bill Vanderbush, Dudley Perio, Smith, Rabbi Ted Simon, Janice Berda, Donna Zeigler and Linda Dunn.
Doors open at 6 p.m. Sept. 6 for evening worship; teaching begins at 7 p.m. with MacAlmon and Vanderbush.
Sept. 7 registration begins at 8 a.m. Workshops will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. They include Messianic/Israeli Dance with Linda Dunn, Prophetic Dance with Donna Zeigler and Making of Banners with Janice Berda. Doors then reopen at 6 p.m. for Extravagant Worship with MacAlmon (www.newglory.org).
“A very special ceremony we call ‘The Pouring of the Water' will be presented at 6:30 p.m. Saturday,” Clawson said. “Each pastor attending is given a water pitcher. The pitchers are all different, but all contain the same amount of water. Together they come around the ‘banks of the river.' Each pastor pours out the water at the same time into the ‘river.' The different pitchers symbolize that each pastor is different, but the same water symbolizes it is the same Holy Spirit working through each pastor.
“This is a ceremony that acknowledges and celebrates the unity of the body of Christ. We are all one in the Spirit, regardless of our denominations. We are brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus,” Clawson said.
Tickets for the Friday and Saturday evening worship are available at the door. The event will take place in the Community Center of the Fayette Campus, along Route 119 south of Connellsville.
For more information or to register for the Saturday workshops, contact Clawson at 724-757-5218 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.FestivalofLights-PA.org. Walk-ups are encouraged to attend both evenings.
Nancy Henry is a contributing writer.