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Visiting evangelist at Mt. Zion Community Church

| Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013, 6:27 p.m.

Evangelist Dwight Smith will be preaching Friday at the Mt. Zion Community Church, Kreinbrook Hill Road in Acme behind Bear Rocks Community. The service begins at 7 p.m. Doyle Robertson, former Bill Rice Ranch music man, will lead the special music. A special program will be provided each night for children up to the fourth grade. The public is invited. For directions, visit or call 724-547-3028 during business hours.

Please join the Mountain Watershed Association during its 2013 Fall Road Clean-up event Saturday. Everyone will meet at the MWA office, 1414B Indian Creek Valley Road, at 9 a.m. and will be picking up trash along two miles of Indian Creek Valley Road until noon. Please dress for the weather and remember to wear sturdy shoes and gloves. Refreshments will be provided. Please confirm your participation in this event by emailing or by calling 724-455-4200, ext. 5.

The Chestnut Ridge Historical Society will hold its monthly meeting 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Cook Township Community Center, 1698 Route 711, Stahlstown. This month's speaker will be Bruce Shirey, who is president of Baltzer Meyer Historical Society. This society owns two buildings. The Harrold Schoolhouse #8 of the Old Sewickley Settlement built in 1881, and the Old Zion Lutheran Church built in 1884 which is the historical society headquarters. Shirey and his three brothers rebuilt and restored the Latrobe Speedway a couple of years ago. The meetings are always open to the public.

The following events are being hosted by the Christian Family & Children's Center at the North Campus of Champion Christian School, 1076 King's Way, Donegal:

• Handgun Safety Class from 9 a.m. Oct. 19. This class will be taught by Sam Grimm, a retired state trooper and firearms instructor, and will cover the basics of handgun training and safety. Guns will be provided to shoot several rounds, so please do not bring your own gun. Cost is $15 and space will be limited; call 724-455-2122, ext. 101 to register.

• J.R.R. Tolkein CEU from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 26. Dr. Al Ricketts will be presenting this CEU titled “The Theology of J.R.R. Tolkien.” Come explore the Christian worldview behind “Middle Earth.” Cost is $25.

• A Pennsylvania Hunter's Safety Class from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 9. To register for the class, visit

Also, the center has have several great concert opportunities coming up.

• On Oct. 31, Satellites & Sirens, a Christian rock band from Nashville, will be performing at the ICV Community Center. You may have heard its song titled “Anchor. If not, you can check it out on Youtube. Tickets are $5 in advance and $7.50 at the door. Doors will open at 6 p.m. and concessions will be available. It's going to be a fun evening filled with great music and fellowship, so be sure to pass the word to your friends, family and church youth groups. By “liking” Alloutpraise on Facebook, you can see other information about Satellites & Sirens and this event. If you have any questions or would like to purchase tickets, call 724-455-2122, ext. 101.

• Chris Tomlin “Burning Lights Tour” with Louie Giglio will be held Oct. 19. They will take the coach bus to the Johnstown War Memorial for this concert. Tickets, including transportation, are $41. There are only a few tickets left, so if you would like to go, make sure you call and get yours soon. For more information or to reserve your tickets, call 724-455-2122, ext. 100.

To find information on other concerts and events that will be happening at the center, visit

The Catholic Daughters of America Court #260 is sponsoring a trip to the Rivers Casino Oct. 18. The cost is $25 with a return of $20 free play and a $5 food voucher. Reservations can be made by calling 724-628-9628 or 724-628-7553. Reservations are due today.

The Normalville United Methodist Church, 3270 Springfield Pike, will hold Renewal and Revival services 7 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday. The speaker each night will be Western Pennsylvania United Methodist Conference will be general evangelist, the Rev. Christine Rogan. She currently pastors two United Methodist churches in Meadville. Call Pastor Mark Sholtis at 724-628-7953 for more information.

The Normalville Area Volunteer Fire Department is holding a Pizza and Wing Night from 5 to 10 p.m. Oct. 19 at the fire hall at 2287 Springfield Pike. Pizzas are $8.25 each for plain and pepperoni and a $1 for extra toppings. Wings are $8 for a dozen and $4 for half dozen. For more information, call 724-812-6469 or 724-455-6510 and leave a message. The event benefits the fire department.

A Basket Bingo will be held Oct. 20 at the Normalville Area Volunteer Fire Department fire hall, 2287 Springfield Pike. The doors open at 1 p.m. and bingo starts at 2 p.m. Admission is $5 and extra cards are $1 each. A light lunch will be served. For more information, call 724-455-2477 or 724-455-6510 and leave a message. The bingo benefits its ladies auxiliary.

There will be a Hunter's Banquet held from to 5 p.m. Nov. 3 at the Donegal Community Center, 113 Community Center Lane. The doors open at 11:30 a.m. There will be 25 guns given away with the last one being given from the 7 p.m. Pennsylvania Lottery. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased from any fireman or most local businesses.

It's not too early to think about getting your shoeboxes together for Operation Christmas Child. Once again, the Clinton Church of God will serve as the relay center for our mountain area. OCC directors, Charlie and Pam Hall, advise that shoebox collections at the Clinton Fellowship Building, 640 Buchanan Road, will begin the week of Nov. 18. Hours are as follows:

• Nov. 18 to 22 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 to 7 p.m.

• Nov. 23 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• Nov. 24 from 1 to 4 p.m.

For instructions about what to buy and how to pack your shoebox, call Charlie or Pam Hall at 724-455-1073.

Last week's trivia question was: Who was the first president born in a hospital? Doris Randall, Bill Shepler, and Don Chearney called or emailed to answer Jimmy Carter. This week's question is asked by Betty Bando: Who was the first American astronaut to orbit the earth?

If you have news for this column, give me a call at 724-455-7746 or email me at by 6 p.m. Monday to have your news appear that Friday.

Pam Porterfield is a resident of Normalville.

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