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Record turnout for Holy Week Luncheons

PDT Sports Report

March 29, 2013

Portia Williams


PDT Staff Writer


A total of 412 people attended the Holy Week Luncheons at First Christian Church which took place from March 25 through March 29.


The Scioto County Ministerial Association hosted the 26th annual edition of the luncheons. With the theme, “Behold the Lamb of God,” each day featured five speakers who were invited by the SCMA planning committee for the luncheons to expound upon specific scriptures from the gospel of St. John from the bible.


Jason Coriell, President of The Scioto County Ministerial Association, said he was very pleased with luncheons.


“We had such a wonderful time. I think this is the best turnout that we have had in the last three to five years,” Coriell said.


Monday began with Rev. Gary Heimbach of Cedar Street Church of Christ in Christian Union who shared from St. John 10:22-39 (Trouble in the Temple). On Tuesday Associate Pastor Tom Charles of Cornerstone UMC read St. 11:45-54 (A Prophetic Word).


Wednesday saw Associate Minister Andrea Young of Pleasant Green Baptist Church read St. John 12:1-11 (A Generous Act). Thursday, Commanding Officer of Salvation Army, Mark Ferreira read St. John 12:23-33 (A Troubled Heart). And Finally, Associate Minister Frank Lewis of New Life Family Worship Center read St. John 12: 42-50 (Speaking the Truth) Friday.


David Smith, Vice President of SCMA was a part of the planning committee, said the event was a success.


“I think that everything went well. The speakers did a superb job of tying together the pieces that we wanted them to mention,” Smith said.


Rev. Pete Michael, a member of SCMA who also served on the planning committee, said the week’s event exceeded his expectations.


“We had wonderful speakers, the music was great, you could really feel the spirit of God in here in a powerful way. It has been an outstanding week,” Michael said.


Members of First Christian Church coordinated the daily lunches consisting of a variety of sandwhiches, fresh fruit and vegetables, potato chips, cookies, water and coffee. Worship leaders conducted service each day, followed the singing of hymns, and special music from area churches.


Accompaniments were performed by Mark Ferreira, SCMA Treaurer/Secretary, and SCMA member, and Pastor David Malone.


Portia Williams may be reached 740-353-3101, ext. 286 or portiawilliams@civitasmedia.com. For breaking news, follow Portia on Twitter @PortiaWillPDT.