Mooers Camp Meeting offers numerous events

MOOERS FORKS -- The annual Mooers Camp Meeting is ongoing in Mooers Forks through Sunday, Aug. 10.

The interdenominational event began Wednesday with a message from Dr. Thomas Kinnan of Kansas, of Breakpointe Community Church in Kansas, who travels around the world sharing his message of living lives fully devoted to Christ. He speaks daily at the Camp Meeting at 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. through Monday, Aug. 4. Other guests include Francis (Skip) Payette, author of "The Life and Legacy of Orange Scott and Luther Lee" and a missionary couple. Evening services are at 7 p.m.

The Camp Meeting takes place at 17 Campground Road off Route 11 on the banks of the Great Chazy River.

Daytime includes speakers, vacation Bible school, ladies tea and crafting. Go to www.mooerscamp.org for more information.

Nazarene Church Bible School set for Aug. 4

PLATTSBURGH -- Power Lab Vacation Bible School at Plattsburgh Nazarene Church is Aug. 4 through 8 from 9 to 11:30 a.m.

All community children, pre-kindergarten to sixth grade, are invited to explore Jesus' power through exciting Bible adventure, crafts, games in the gym, music, missions and more. Call 561-1960 for more information.

Northern Bible School

a collaborative effort

CHAMPLAIN -- Seven churches are working together to hold this summer's Northern Tier Vacation Bible School, set for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Three Steeples Methodist Church on Route 11 in Champlain. The event, said committee member Donna Gero, "has been growing ecumenically every year." All local children from grades kindergarten through sixth are invited to participate in this year's one-day school, which has the theme God's Great Gallery. It's a time for fun, friends and faith sharing, Gero said, with crafts, lunch and Gospel-based storytelling from which the children will perform a skit at day's end. Organizers are excited about having local music teacher Lori Spaulding leading the songs for the day. Students grades 7 through 9 are welcome to sign on as helpers, Gero added. "Especially confirmation students," she said.

Anyone who wants to attend should contact one of the participating churches to sign up. Taking part are St. Mary's Catholic Church in Champlain, St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Rouses Point, Mooers Methodist and Three Steeples, Christ and St. John's Episcopal in Champlain and Rouses Point and Chazy Presbyterian churches. Pre-registration is preferred, but same-day sign up is permitted with an 8:30 a.m. arrival time. For more information, call St. Mary's at 298-8244.

Salvation Army

seeks donations

PLATTSBURGH -- The Salvation Army of Plattsburgh is experiencing a slump in donations this summer and is requesting that donors respond as quickly as possible to its emergency mail appeal, according to Capt. Laurence Goodman, commanding officer.

"Typically, The Salvation Army experiences a drop in donations during the summer months, but this year, we are facing a greater shortage, and it has become a critical situation for us," he said in a news release. "This summer we are experiencing an increase in requests for clothing, food and financial assistance."

Also, "the homeless situation has worsened. There is definitely an increase in the number of people we are assisting with a place to stay."

Goodman asks individuals who have received the most recent mail appeal, marked "urgent," to please respond with a tax-deductible donation as soon as possible.

Others can send donations to: The Salvation Army, 4804 South Catherine Street, P.O. Box 368, Plattsburgh, NY 12901-0368.

"I'd like to thank the many people in this community who respond so generously to our pleas for help," Goodman said. "The Salvation Army can only assist those in crisis because so many care."

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