2013-06-06 / Church News

New Beginnings Youth Group Makes Donation To P.O.W.E.R


Members of the New Beginning Youth Group present check to P.O.W.E.R. Members of the New Beginning Youth Group present check to P.O.W.E.R. The New Beginnings Youth Group (NBYG) of the Evangel Assembly of God in McConnellsburg makes the first donation of $200 to the newly formed parent support group: P.O.W.E.R, Parents Offering Wisdom Education and Release. The new group was started by a local counselor, Suzanne Reed of Mc- Connellsburg.Reed works with addicts in Fulton and Franklin counties. The goal of the group is to support and educate the families and community as to the issues and problems that occur when dealing with addicts and their recovery programs as well as offer support to other parents.

As the group grows and gets more financial support, they plan to offer a variety of programs like sending addicts on mission trips with a mentor, help for personal needs like clothing and the prescription drugs that are needed upon discharge from a program, and helping to find companies willing to offer work programs for addicts. One day the group would like to see a local halfway house started in Fulton County to help recovering addicts with issues like home plans.

This support group is open to the public and meets every other Monday at Reed’s office. The June meeting dates will be June 3 and 17. If you would like to make a donation to this organization, please contact Reed at 717-414-9695.

In conjunction with making the first donation to P.O.W.E.R, NBYG is hosting a community outreach with The Machine Gun Preacher, Pastor Sam Childers, on June 15, 2013. The outreach will be held at the Alumni & Friends Community Building from noon to 4 p.m. All activities and food at the community building will be free to the public. The P.O.W.E.R group will be present and have lots of information about current programs for addicts as well as some education materials available.

The Machine Gun Preacher’s crew will be at the four-hour event sharing their stories along with Pastor Sam Childers. Childers, no stranger to drug addiction issues, plans to share some of his story at 4 p.m. that day. Pastor Sam will also be speaking Sunday morning June 16, at 9:30 a.m. at Evangel Assembly of God in McConnellsburg. Pastor Sam’s true story was featured in the Hollywood movie starring Gerard Butler “Machine Gun Preacher.” For more information on Pastor Sam’s ministry and the movie visit their Web site at http://machinegunpreacher.com/.

As a second part to the outreach, on June 15, the youths will be raising money through a motorcycle run through scenic Fulton County for Pastor Sam’s orphanages, Angels of East Africa. The goal of the youths is to have at least 100 motorcycles participate in the ride.

Registration is $20 per bike and starts at 10:30 a.m. at Evangel Assembly of God Church in Mc- Connellsburg. The ride will leave the church at noon and will end at the community building. More information about the ride or the event, may be obtained by contacting John and Annette Rasp at 717-485-3731 or 717-658-6547.

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