Jeannette Day of Faith set for Saturday
The prayer tent will play an important role during the second annual Day of Faith on Saturday, which will be held at the corner of Chambers Avenue and South Fourth Street near the First Presbyterian Church.
Throughout the day, various pastors from within the city will staff the tent.
“If anyone has a particular concern, it can be shared with clergy and prayer can be offered,” said the Rev. Ken Bossart of Gethsemane Methodist Church on Third Street. “Last year, several people came together and, as a group, when I was staffing the tent, shared their concerns. We sat in a circle and then each person prayed for the person on the right.”
“Also in the tent, we will have anointing oil and New Testaments available,” said the Rev. Robert Fuehrer, from First Presbyterian Church.
Fuehrer is president of the Jeannette Ministerial Alliance, which sponsors Day of Faith.
The event is a community picnic to bring the local churches and residents together for a day of celebration in their faith and to enjoy fellowship and fun.
Hamburgers, hot dogs, and barbecue are on the menu, and children's games, including a sack race, are planned.
Corn hole games will be available for the adults.
The day begins with prayer at 11 a.m. led by Joyce Torri who is pastor at Crossroads Christian Outreach on Wylie Avenue.
At 11:30 a.m., the community choir will perform under the direction of David Bridge, the music director at First Presbyterian Church.
The group has been practicing Thursday evenings to prepare for the event and plans to sing old favorites and some newer contemporary hymns.
Much of the food and supplies are donated by community businesses, organizations and residents.
Bridges to Prosperity will donate tents and Sam's Club is donating hotdogs and buns for the hamburgers, barbecue and hotdogs. Lunch is served at noon but food will be offered throughout the day.
The event culminates with a brief interdenominational service led by Fuehrer.
There is no charge to attend the event and everyone is welcome.
Volunteers are needed to help set up and clean up. Setup begins at 9:30 a.m.
Margie Stanislaw is a contributing writer.