Public invited to a weekend of worship, music and ministry at the Point stadium
Organizers expect great stories of healing and salvation to come from the Miracle Crusade taking place Friday through Sunday at Sargent’s Stadium at the Point.
“If people need a miracle, this is the place to come,” said Gary Hale of Gateway to Christ Ministries, which is sponsoring the event. “We all know people who are in need. This is a place where they can find help and hope.”
The crusade is a regional effort, Hale said, to bring Christians and those who are searching together in one place for three days of worship through song, dance and preaching from the Bible. Special guests are to include: Tom McGough of the Cornerstone Network; Titus II, a dance ministry team from North Carolina; Kendale Bellamy, a pastor originally from Baltimore who is now living and ministering in Johnstown; and Kevin Stock, pastor of Crossroads Alliance Church in Ebensburg, who is to give a personal testimony of how God brought his son back from the dead.
Admission is free on all three nights.
The crusade begins at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, with worship led by Chrissy Krumenacker as participants enter the stadium. McGough is to serve as master of ceremonies for the evening. The praise band from Crossroads Church leads worship next, followed by the Titus II dance ministry team. Bellamy is to preach the message, followed by Stock’s testimony. The evening concludes with Hale offering an altar call for those who want to be prayed for or to commit their lives to Christ.
Saturday’s service begins at 3:30 p.m. with music by Clouds of Grace ushering people into the stadium. Testimonies of those who were healed at Friday’s service are to be heard, then a time of worship begins, led by a praise band from Grace United Methodist Church in Indiana. The Titus II dance ministry is to perform, followed by preaching from Bellamy. Hale is to again conclude the service with an altar call.
From 1 to 2 p.m. on Sunday, the Classic Clowns of Johnstown are to welcome the crowd into the stadium as Kathy and Wally Fieser lead the worship music. Jim Bickford of Oakland United Methodist Church is to serve as master of ceremonies and invite the sharing of testimonies from the weekend’s activities. Mount Sinai Institutional Baptist Church’s Power of Praise choir is to then lead the group in musical worship, followed by preaching from Bellamy. Additional music from the choir and an altar call by Hale conclude the final service.
A free-will offering is also to be collected each night for Gateway to Christ Ministries.
Hale said he and others were prompted to plan the Miracle Crusade after the July rescue of 12 young boys and their coach from a flooded cave in Thailand.
“We want to bring back the passion for rescuing people (from sin),” Hale said. “People need to be set free.
“We are a lively group of people and we are passionate about what we do.”
Christian churches and church-related ministries are also welcome to have tables at the crusade to invite worshippers to participate in church services and activities throughout the region. Those who want to be part of that are asked to contact Hale by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 814-619-8257.
“The spiritual journey doesn’t end with the crusade,” he said. “It’s just the beginning.”