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Crosstown Ministries invites kids of all ages to ‘Fall for Jesus'

October 17, 2012

Larry McGuire/The Punxsutawney Spirit Crosstown Ministries is holding "Fall for Jesus," a Vacation Bible School reunion, this Saturday at Grace United Methodist Church. Pictured (from left) are: Al Kimmel, pastor of Crosstown Ministries; Karen Smatlak, music director at Grace United Methodist Church; and Shelly Bishop, education chair at Grace United Methodist Church. (Photo by Larry McGuire of The Punxsutawney Spirit)

PUNXSUTAWNEY — You can "Fall for Jesus" this weekend as Crosstown Ministries — a collaboration of Grace United Methodist Church and Woodland Avenue United Methodist Church — will hold a Vacation Bible School (VBS) reunion Saturday at Grace United Methodist Church in Young Township just below the Punxsutawney Area Hospital.

"There will be classes, songs, snacks and crafts for the whole family, ages nursery through adult," said Shelly Bishop, education chair for Grace United Methodist Church.

"Because we had such a successful summer VBS, we wanted to give the kids the chance to have a fall reunion," she said.

There will also be an adult class moderated by Doug Wolfe, Bishop said, adding that the class will watch the DVD "Quiet Strength: The Principles, Practices, and Priorities of a Winning Life" by Tony Dungy, a former NFL coach.

Dungy's words and example have intrigued millions of people, particularly following his victory in Super Bowl XLI, the first for an African American coach, she said.

Bishop said they will be collecting a love offering for Colin Wineberg and his family.

"Colin is a 12-year-old member at Grace United Methodist who has been diagnosed with kidney failure," Bishop said.

Wineberg has been undergoing dialysis and will soon be in need of a kidney transplant.

Bishop said if everything tests out well, he is going to receive the kidney from his brother Scott.

She said the love offering will help the family with expenses related to his treatments.

The church will also be collecting new or like-new Beanie Babies or small Beanie Baby-sized stuffed animals to be delivered to Children in Russia through the Global Aid Network (GAIN), Bishop said.

She said the gathering will begin at 1:30 p.m. with classes running from 2 to 4:30 p.m.

"There will also be a visit from the Keller family at 4:30 p.m. to update the church family about their visit to Guatemala, which was the mission project from this past summer's VBS, to be followed by a picnic supper at 5 p.m.," Bishop said.

For more information call the Grace United Methodist Church at 938-4030.

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