The Tri-County United Methodist Parish invites area residents to join them for a Father’s Day Weekend dinner to be celebrated at Canton Ecumenical Parish. The (free to all) dinner is in celebration of Father’s Day and is being presented to the community in memory of the late Walter J. Unruh, (father of James and Beverly Unruh, members of St. John’s UM Church).
The dinner will be a buffet setting with ham loaf and all the trimmings, and will take place at 6 p.m. in the downstairs fellowship hall on Saturday, June 15.
Men from Pennsylvania’s Adult and Teen Challenge Choir will join them that evening. They will present an evening of music and testimony in the sanctuary following the dinner. The public is invited to attend both or come for the program at 7 p.m. if you cannot make the dinner.
The Pennsylvania Adult and Teen Challenge Center is America’s most successful substance abuse program. Many years have passed since the story of the “Cross and the Switchblade” thrilled and excited the nation. The feature film told the story of David Wilkerson who left his small town pastorate in Pennsylvania to pioneer a work on the streets of New York City among street gangs and drug addicted youth. The book and the movie challenged the hearts and captured the imagination of millions. Out of Wilkersons’s vision for street people, grew the need for a center.
That center began with eight men in a farmhouse on a dairy farm in Rehrersburg, Pa. Construction on the first housing unit began in July of 1962. Today, the center comprises over 200 acres with almost 200 students and has a dedicated staff of over 100.
The men come to the center, also known as “God’s Mountain”, from all over the United States. The ages of the men range from 18 through adult men of all ages. The program offers an approach to drug and alcohol rehabilitation that considers the whole man: physical, psychological, and spiritual. These men are instructed through counseling, educational, and vocational training in order to become responsible, productive members of society.
Adult and Teen Challenge, Inc. is a faith venture supported by churches of all denominations, civic groups, and interested individuals.
The Choir has presented their program on the steps of the Capitol in Washington D.C, in Independence Square in Philadelphia, on the 700 Club, and in hundreds of churches as well as minor and major league ballparks.
Be sure to attend this exciting presentation at Canton Ecumenical Parish (Tri-County UM Parish event) at 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 15. Bring a friend with you as they dine together to honor fathers and the program to follow.
Pennsylvania Adult and Teen Challenge Choir will also be part of the morning worship at North Street Community Church on Sunday, June 16 at 10:30 a.m. All are welcome.