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Church offering new Bible program for youth

| Friday, Sept. 9, 2005

The Indian Head Church of God is now offering a whole new way of learning for first- through 12th-grade students called "Kingdom of the Son." It's like having vacation Bible school all year.

Indian Head Church of God Sunday School multidimensional classes will begin Sunday. The program for first- through sixth-grade students is a five-year program where each year has a theme. The first year is the "Year of Faith" were the kids will rotate between four different workshops. The year is split up into units. Each unit has a theme. The first unit is "Joshua's Courageous Faith." The kids will learn about Joshua and his courageous faith through a series of workshops, such as, theatre/drama, science/exploration/art, storytelling, games/activities. Participants will spend one full Sunday school hour in each workshop. Once one unit is complete, the youth will begin a new unit. Classrooms have been remodeled with murals painted on the walls and other fun things to bring the lesson to life.

The program for seventh- through 12th-grade students is designed to go more in depth with real life issues that Christian teenagers face today. It will also be a four- to five-week program where they will discuss topics such as "Sharing Your Faith," "My Life as a Christian," "Is There Life After School" and "Your Relationships." Teens will have a choice which class they would like to attend and the class topics will change and will reflect themes that the teens will pick out. Register your child at the kick-off carnival at 3 p.m. Saturday in the church's parking lot. There will be lots of fun and food. For more information, call 724-455-2626.

A cash bash will be held from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday at the Donegal Community Center. Doors open at 6 p.m. and a grand prize drawing will be held at 11 p.m. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased from any fireman, at the Pie Shoppe or Miller's Barber Shop. The event benefits Saltlick Township and Chestnut Ridge volunteer fire departments.

There will be an auction at Kemp's Garage in Davistown at 9:30 a.m. Saturday. Davistown United Methodist Church will provide food across the street at the church's social room.

It's almost time for the Flax Scutching Festival to be held Saturday and Sunday in Stahlstown. See the art of making linen from the flax plant as it is demonstrated throughout the day. Enjoy homemade food and pastries, buckwheat cakes and whole hog sausage, crafts, a wagon train and encampment. The cost for admission is $4 for adults, $2 for children ages 13 to 18 and children age 12 and younger are admitted free.

The Christian Family & Children's Center is holding its 17th annual golf benefit at Middlecreek Golf Course on Saturday. There are still openings for foursomes in the morning and the afternoon flights. This year's special guest is Curt Siegel, golf pro at Laurel Valley Golf Club, who will do his famous trick shot show and hold a "beat the pro" contest. Cost is $75 for 18 holes of golf with cart, lunch, door prizes and skill prizes. Call 724-455-2122 for more information or to register.

The Eutsey Cemetery Association will hold a special meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Ridge Community Center.

Saltlick Township Community Day will be held from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 17 at the Saltlick Township Volunteer Fire Department fairgrounds in Indian Head. Everyone is invited and admission is free. Food and drink will be available to purchase. Music listeners should bring a lawn chair. Please no alcohol. Events include 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., garden tractor pull; 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., poker run registration to benefit Saltlick Township Volunteer Fire Department; 1 p.m., bicycle/walk poker run on the bike trail begins; 3 p.m., Stat MedEvac landing and close up look at the helicopter and talk to the crew; 5 to 8 p.m., Stonee Ridge country music show; and all day, there will be food, beverages, displays by local businesses, public service agencies and civic groups. "Grey Bear," a North American Indian, will demonstrate Indian lifestyles and Indian artifacts and Chestnut Ridge Historical Society will show local history photos, artifacts, etc.; Mountain Watershed Association will explain what is polluting our streams and what is being done about it. There will also be a flea market and crafters; 10 x 10 foot spaces are available for $10 each. Bring your own tables. Spaces for nonprofit organizations are free. Call 724-455-2866 to reserve a spot. Reservations are not needed but recommended.

Buchanan Church of God will be celebrating 100 years of ministry with a celebration service at the church at 2 p.m. Sept. 18.

The White Senior Citizen's group will meet at noon Sept. 20 at the Ridge Community Center in White. Chicken and the trimmings are on the menu. Bring a covered dish and a $1 bingo prize if you'd like.

The Melcroft Assembly of God will present Evangelist Richard and Jennifer Rochkind at 7 p.m. Sept. 21. Richard Rochkind is originally from Baltimore, Md., formerly the assistant director and resident dean of men at Teen Challenge Center in Syracuse, N.Y., and has been a traveling evangelist since 1994. For more information, call 724-455-2506. Everyone is welcome.

A chicken and biscuit dinner will be held at the Normalville Volunteer Fire Department fire hall from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 25. Cost is $6 for adults, $3.50 for children and children under age 3 get to eat free.

Acme United Methodist Church, Route 31, in Acme, will hold its third annual car show and craft sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 1. Registration for the car show is from 9 to 11 a.m. Judging will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Registration fee, prepaid, is $7 and the day of show, $9. Craft vendors and flea market spaces will be available (bring your own tables) for a fee of $15. Set up will be at 8 a.m. and spaces are limited. No food vendors please. Also there will be hayrides, children's games, a silent auction, food and beverages and live entertainment by Stonee Ridge from noon to 4 p.m. To register for the car show call Andy Ansell at 724-423-7820. For more information about the craft and flea market, for donations or to volunteer, call Debbie Kinneer at 724-593-2078.

School news:

= Connellsville School District: Sept. 16, football game away at Central Catholic; Sept. 23, football game at home against Norwin; Sept. 26, school board meeting at the high school cafeteria at 8 p.m.; Sept. 28, school board meeting at the high school cafeteria at 8 p.m.; Sept. 30, football game at home against Woodland Hills.

= Clifford N. Pritts Elementary: Monday, Market Day pick up at 6 p.m. in the school cafeteria and PTG meeting at 7 p.m. in the school cafeteria; Sept. 27, Officer Phil Safety Program for first- through third-grade students at 2:15 p.m. and Officer Jaynes Safety Program for fourth- through sixth-grade students at 2:15 p.m.

= Springfield Elementary: Wednesday, fourth-grade swimming; Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. PTG meet the teacher night in the cafeteria; Sept. 22, fourth-grade swimming; Sept. 23, Officer Phil Safety Program for first- through third-grade students at 10 a.m.; Sept. 30, fourth-grade swimming. After school tutoring has begun.

The word of the month for September is "HONESTY."

Last week's trivia question was: What wily cartoon wild animal is making a comeback in the mountain area• Rich Adanitsch, Alma Jean Bartolotta, Evelyn Reese, Alice Hensel, Aggie Compton, Eugene and Kenneth Ritenour and Sis Prinkey knew it is the coyote.

This week's question is: Many of you are busy canning your fruits and vegetables for those tasty winter meals. How many quart jars fit in the standard canner• If you know the answer, give me a call or send an e-mail. Please spell your name if you leave a message. Thank you to everyone who calls, I really enjoy hearing from you.

If your group is holding an event or you would like to wish someone a happy birthday, give me a call by 6 p.m. Tuesday at 724-455-7746 or e-mail me at pamela@realcountrylife.com for your news to appear the following Friday.

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