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Cedrick Brown Crusade

this week at Finley Church

STEUBENVILLE — Finley Church, located at 958 Lincoln Ave., Steubenville, will be holding the Cedrick Brown Crusade this week with the former NFL player for the Philadelphia Eagles delivering a message at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Brown will be sharing testimony about how Christ changed his life and how Christ can change the lives of others.

The praise teams from Finley Church and the Jefferson County Christian School will provide music for the services to which all ages are welcome.

A special treat will be given to the first 100 attendees on Thursday. Gift certificates will be awarded to the first 10 students in grade seven through recent graduates who wear T-shirts or jerseys imprinted with a favorite high school on Thursday, a favorite college on Friday and a favorite pro team of any sport on Saturday.

Brown was born and raised in Compton, Calif., which some have labeled as the “gang capital of the world,” and where he began to excel in football. A news release noted that football became a way out for Brown, landing him at Washington State University (1982-88) where he continued to stand out as a four-year letterman and three-year starter at defensive back while majoring in hotel and restaurant management.

He then signed as a free agent with the Philadelphia Eagles under the legendary “Buddy Ryan (1986-88). Brown transitioned into the business community with a brief stint in the hotel and restaurant industry with the Hyatt and Marriott corporations. His business career excelled for 15 years in a sales and executive sales management capacity with Alcoa Inc.’s home exteriors division where he managed 33 states and $500 million in sales.

A public speaker at varied venues, Brown serves as a district superintendent for the Eastern District (EDA Move), a division of the Evangelical Free Church of America. He is the author of several books, including “Influencing Your World;” “The Racial and Cultural Divide — Are We Still Prejudiced?;” “My Daily Business;” “Act Like A Man — Woman Can You Help Me?;” “He Loves Me;” and “Man, You Got This!”

Brown earned a bachelor’s degree from Philadelphia Biblical University and his master’s and doctorate degrees in theology from Slidell Baptist Seminary. He is the founding pastor of Commitment Community Church located in Lindenwold, one of the most and culturally diverse churches in New Jersey, where he was served as lead pastor since 1996.

He and his wife, Lisa, have three adult children.

Sacred Heart of Mary’s annual Polish Fest is set for Sunday

WEIRTON — Sacred Heart of Mary Church in Weirton will hold its annual Polish Fest on Sunday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Serbian Picnic Grounds, located at 36 Kings Creek Road, Weirton.

Gates will open at 11 a.m., and Mass will be held at noon.

“Come and enjoy great Polish food made by our parishioners,” a church spokesperson said. Fare will include cabbage rolls, roast beef, kielbasa and kraut, haluski, potato pierogi and hot dogs. There will be homemade baked goods along with funnel cakes and Sno-cones. The event will include a cash bar and drawings. Parking is $5 per car. The Mickey Dee Trio will be playing music from 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Rose Angelica bringing Elvis Fest to Spot Bar on Aug. 13

STEUBENVILLE — Singer/songwriter Rose Angelica is bringing Elvis Fest to the Spot Bar in Steubenville on Aug. 13, with an Elvis singing contest from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The winner will receive $100.

The show begins at 8:30 p.m. with a tribute to the King on the 45th anniversary of his death. Angelica will be performing in addition to Donna Cunningham, Cindy Fleming and Elvis Presley Jr.

An Elvis auction will be held along with a 50-50 drawing. The show is sponsored by Big Bear Creek Music. Proceeds will benefit St Jude’s Hospital in Memphis, Tenn.

Wednesday ‘chicken blasts’

being held through Aug. 31

WEIRTON — “Chicken blasts,” a local tradition and fundraiser in place for decades, continues on Wednesdays through Aug. 31.

The Serbian Men’s Club is holding these every Wednesday at the Serbian Picnic Grounds of Holy Resurrection Serbian Orthodox Church. The picnic grounds are located on Kings Creek Road in Weirton.

Orders for the hearth-cooked, slow-roasted poultry may be called in from 6 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. to (304) 748-9866 the day of the sales. Orders must be picked up by 6 p.m. The price this year is $10.

Mission sets Aug. 11 as the date for Back-to-School Bash

STEUBENVILLE — Urban Mission Ministries will be bringing back its annual Back-to-School Bash as an in-person event this year.

It will be held Aug. 11 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Seventh Street Plaza. Students in grades kindergarten through 12 (and parents) are invited to join the mission in its school supply giveaway.

In its July newsletter, the mission notes there are multiple ways for individual supporters as well as churches and organizations to get involved by purchasing backpacks or school supplies or by providing a monetary donation. Churches, organizations, agencies and businesses are being invited to set up a table to provide information on resources available.

For information, call (740) 282-8010.

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