By Karen Vance
ANDERSON TOWNSHIP - Two hundred years ago, the early Methodist settlers in Ohio held their first "camp meeting" to share their faith and fellowship.
Next weekend, 18 churches from all over Greater Cincinnati will do the same, bringing back a tradition of music, prayer and worship.
"What happens sometimes is we get so tied up with our churches, we begin competing with each other," said Alex Keller, a member of Anderson Hills United Methodist Church, who serves on the organizing committee for the event. "I thought we should do something together and speak with one voice."
The camp meeting runs from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. June 20at Clear Creek Park on Ohio 32 west of Newtown. Pioneer re-enactors from the Northwest Longhunterswill spend the night in tents, wearing frontier attire, and will host a frontier-style preaching service and wedding ceremony during the day.
"We're hoping to introduce people to Christianity who are unchurched and we're hoping to revive the spirits of others though worship and fellowship, for people to renew their commitment to God through something they haven't experienced before," said Cheryl Boettger, a member of Mount Washington United Methodist Church.
Christian radio station WAKW will broadcast live from the event, and the Cincinnati Zoo will be bringing small animals, Noah's Ark After the Flood, for children, along with other children's activities.
Bishop Bruce Ough of the West Ohio Conference of the Methodist Church will preach at the 4:30 p.m. worship servicefor the public and members of the 18 churches from Milford, Indian Hill, Mount Washington, Batavia, Withamsville, Bethel and Bond Hill. The event is free and open to the public with picnic food available for purchase.
A freewill offering will be collected to benefit Interparish Ministries and the Wesley Chapelin Over-the-Rhine.
Matthew 25's new building
Matthew 25: Ministries will open a 132,000-square-foot warehouse on eight acres in Blue Ash Sunday. The Loveland-based non-profit organization collects and ships humanitarian relief, such as clothing, food and medical supplies, from corporations and private individuals to some of the poorest parts of the world.
There will be an open house at their new building, 11060 Kenwood Road, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
For more information about Matthew 25: Ministries or the open house, call 774-9444 or visit www.m25m.org.
Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Woodlawn will host "Women of Faith in a Purpose Drive World" at 11 a.m. Sunday at the Sharonville Convention Center, 11355 Chester Road.
The event, designed to be a mother-daughter summit, will feature speakers Donna Jones Stanley of the Urban League of Greater Cincinnati and Minister Tiffany Cooper of Mt. Zion Baptist Church.
Tickets cost $22 each. For more information, contact the church at 772-6230.
Ordained as Jesuit today
Eric Knapp, 35, of Richmond, Mich., will be ordained in a ceremony today at 2 p.m. at St. Xavier Church, downtown, as a Jesuit. After his ordination, Knapp, who is a member of the Chicago Province of the Society of Jesus, will stay in Cincinnati to serve as an associate pastor at St. Xavier, 607 Sycamore St.
The Chicago Province has 235 Jesuit priests serving in four states and around the world. In Greater Cincinnati it operates Xavier University, St. Xavier High Schooland the Milford Spiritual Center.
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