Mission of Hope campaign to fund expansion

PLATTSBURGH — North Country Mission of Hope will kick off a capital campaign for phase two of its headquarters in Nicaragua from 5:30 to 7 p.m. today in the Emmaus Room of St. Peter's Church, Cornelia Street, Plattsburgh.

All are invited to the event, when the humanitarian aid organization will show photos of the completed phase one of NiCasa, as the facility is called, and introduce the plans for the expansion.

"This next phase will include dormitories, bathrooms and a kitchen area that will allow Mission of Hope to continue to expand mission work in helping the poor in Nicaragua," said Executive Director Sister Debbie Blow in a press release.

The first phase, a medical clinic and office space, was funded by the George and Shirley Moore Foundation. A mission team just returned from Nicaragua, where volunteers moved clinic equipment and supplies from its previous, temporary home, to the new site.

The organization invites donors to pledge $150 each toward the cost of the facility, payable in as many as four installments over the next year.

Any amount is welcome, though, said Blow, expressing deep gratitude to all those who support the group's efforts.

Already, more than $30,000 has been earmarked for the $60,000 project.

Projected completion date for phase two is expected to be in time for the February 2011 mission, Blow said.

Send donations, with checks made payable to North Country Mission of Hope and the notation Capital Project - Phase II, to: P.O. Box 2522, Plattsburgh, NY 12901. Or donate via PayPal at ncmissionofhope.org. For more information, call Blow at 561-2599.

Evangelist to share rebirth from crime

PLATTSBURGH — Evangelist Frankie Palermo will speak at First Assembly of God at Sunday's 10:30 a.m. service.

He'll share testimony about growing up in the Palermo Mafia family. Deeply involved in the inner workings of the Mafia, he was given a 65-year prison term, of which he served 14.5 years in Atlanta Federal Prison.

"God gloriously delivered him, set him free and brought him to the pulpit," a press release said.

An evangelist for 36 years, Palermo will speak on "The Valley of Decision."

His wife, Judy, will give a presentation at the 6 p.m. service at the church, located at 164 Prospect Ave.

For more information, call 563-5799.

Learn about Peru Church of God

PERU — Peru Church of God, 30 Jabez Allen Road, Peru, will hold a town-hall-style question-and-answer meeting for anyone who has any kind of questions regarding the church and Christianity at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 28.

For more information, call 873-2634.

Christian group to perform at social

ELLENBURG CENTER — Our Lady of the Adirondacks House of Prayer will host its Ice Cream and Cake Social from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 28.

Christian music will be provided by the Local Vocals.

All are welcome at the event, which will be held rain or shine. Donations will be accepted.

RSVP to oadirond@twcny.rr.com or call 594-3253.

Life Chain to show solidarity

WILLSBORO — A Life Chain event is scheduled for 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 5, on Main Street in Willsboro.

The event "is a peaceful and prayerful public witness of pro-life citizens standing for one hour praying for our nation and for an end to abortion," a press release said. "It is a visual statement of solidarity by the community that they support the sanctity of human life from the moment of conception."

Participants can pick up signs near the bridge to hold during the hour of prayer. A light reception will follow in St. Phillip of Jesus Parish Hall.

Learn more about the event at: www.NationalLifeChain.org.

New pastor assigned to St. Bernard's

SARANAC LAKE — The Rev. Mark R. Reilly has been named pastor of St. Bernard's Church here by the Most Rev. Terry R. LaValley, bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Ogdensburg.

Sept. 8, Reilly will take responsibility for that parish and its related churches, St. Paul's in Bloomingdale, the Church of the Assumption in Gabriels and the Parish of St. John in the Wilderness in Lake Clear.

He now serves as spiritual director of Immaculate Heart Central Jr./Sr. High School in Watertown and pastor of St. Mary's Church in Evans Mills, St. Theresa of Avila Church in Theresa and St. Joseph Church in Philadelphia.

A native of Syracuse, Reilly was ordained in 1997. His first assignment was as parochial vicar in Saranac Lake.

St. Bernard's current pastor, the Rev. Thomas E. Kornmeyer, has resigned. His new assignment is expected to be announced soon, a press release said.

Church prepares for fall sale

SARANAC — Saranac United Methodist Church's annual Fall Rummage Sale will take place at the Route 3 church from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 16; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 17, with items sold at half price and, starting at 4 p.m., 25 cents per bag. All merchandise is free from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 18.

Initiative involves prayer, outreach

PLATTSBURGH — The fall campaign of 40 Days for Life takes place Sept. 22 through Oct. 31.

The anti-abortion initiative focuses on, for that length of time, prayer and fasting, peaceful vigil at abortion facilities and grass-roots educational outreach.

There are three ways to take part, said Nancy Belzile, spokesperson for the Plattsburgh effort, in a press release. Sign up on the local website for an hour of prayer at the vigil site, Planned Parenthood, 66 Brinkerhoff St., Plattsburgh; prayer and/or fast right where you are; and community outreach.

To learn more, contact Belzile at 593-6024 or Margaret Smith at 963-7814, visit www.40daysforlife.com or www.40daysforlife.com/Plattsburgh.

Shared services set

CHAZY — The Presbyterian churches of Rouses Point and Chazy will have a shared worship service at 9 a.m. Sunday at the Chazy church. The Rev. Ken Parker will preach and conduct a communion service.

On Aug, 29, the Rev. Jim Evans will be guest preacher at another shared service.

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