(VIDEO) Christian Outreach Day Held in Washington Township

“Risen to Save” band from New Kensington provided a 90-minute Christian contemporary musical concert Saturday at the Washington Township Community Park. 

It wasn’t Woodstock, but the hills were alive with the sound of music and the smell of pork.

Christians With a Vision, in conjunction with St. Luke’s United Church of Christ, Kittanning, Montgomeryville Baptist in Adrian, and the Limestone-Reesedale Church of God in Adrian, held their first community outreach day at the Washington Township Community Park, approximately 12 miles north of Kittanning.

The Reverend Jimmy Swogger from Distant, PA, provided entertainment with his ventriloquism friends to the delight of young and old alike.

Randy Bargerstock, president of the leadership team for Christians with a Vision, said they were targeting everyone from youth to senior citizens that live in the rural area.

“We just felt that there was need for outreach in our community. We wanted something in this area out here and involve the local churches – just an outreach to show God’s love, grace and mercy He offers to everybody.”

Bargerstock said that although this is the first time the event was held, he felt there was a desire from the more than 200 people who attended to do it again next year.

“All the feedback I’ve gotten so far has been positive. It’s turned out really well. We’ve been blessed with a beautiful day and a pretty good turnout so far. I think the churches that are here today and all the people are in favor of doing another one.”

The Reverend Jimmy Swogger from Distant provided his ventriloquism act. The New Kensington band “Risen to Save” presented a 90-minute concert of contemporary Christian music. The event ended with a short worship service at 6pm conducted by Dr. Ron Shafer. A prayer tent was also available for anyone that felt the need to have personal prayer during the day. No one went away hungry since there was food brought from all the parishioners and the pig roast.

Bargerstock said the cost of approximately $2,500 for the event was underwritten by the four churches.

“Everything was free to the people who attended,” Bargerstock said.