'Valley Alive'

Maybe you've seen signs like these -- well, maybe not as large is this one on the side of a building in downtown Sharon -- that have been put up around the Shenango Valley. They are promoting "Valley Alive" Oct. 5 at West Middlesex High School. Theme is "Rise Up People of God."

WEST MIDDLESEX – “Rise Up People of God” is the theme for this year’s “Valley Alive” scheduled for 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 5 at West Middlesex High School.

Speakers for the evening of praise and worship are Pastor Samuel Torres of The Movement and Pastor Matt Matthews of Touch Heaven Canfield.

The program also includes worship teams from Touch Heaven and Sweet Aroma Dance Ministry.

Doors open at 5:30.

“Rise Up People of God” hopes to join believers in the Body in the Body of Christ to pray, worship and declare in the midst of the Shenango Valley that His Kingdom come on Earth as it is in Heaven.

“We must go across all barriers in the Body of Christ and focus on our Lord, on who He is, on Him who is worthy and respond in obedience to His Word,” said Pastor Sherry Swetz, president of “Valley Alive” sponsor Joshua’s Haven. “The Church must now show the world, not become like the world.”

This year’s event – which has expanded to two days of activities – returns to a high school setting after last year tent meeting in downtown Sharon. Previous “Valley Alives” were held at Sharon and Hickory high schools.

A cross walk similar to the ones that are part of the annual men’s rallies in Youngstown will be held Oct. 4. Men and women will assemble at Church of the Good Shepherd, 3613 Sharon Road (Route 18), West Middlesex, at 6 a.m., then be driven to the Shenango Valley YMCA, North Hermitage Road, Hermitage, where the five-mile walk will begin at 7 a.m. The cross walkers are scheduled to arrive back at Good Shepherd church, next to West Middlesex High School, at about 9 a.m.

Volunteers are needed to walk, carry the cross, drive or ride along in support vehicles and pray. For those interested in participating, call 724-456-0320.

Sunday’s evening service coincides with the national “Pray for Peace for Jerusalem,” which will be recognized during the program.

Info: Joshua’s Haven, 724-983-0304.

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