EAST LIVERPOOL - Hoping to "kick start" the community and promote positive change, a New Life Community Outreach event will be held starting at 11 a.m. Saturday at Team Impact on Pennsylvania Avenue, featuring a day's worth of family-oriented activities.
Tony Pawloski, pastor of Rains of Grace Fellowship, which holds its services in the Team Impact complex, said the event will begin with a community church service with the Rev. Mike Zelenak offering the message.
Mayor Jim Swoger is expected to offer remarks about the city at noon during the worship service.
Plans continue for the New Life Community Outreach event that will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at Team Impact. Pictured are (from left) Lisa Smith of Grace City Church, Tony Pawloski of Rains of Grace Church, Mike Zelenak and Megan and Tom Beagle of Team Impact. (Photo by Devin Bezeredi)
From 12:30 to 4:30, a free community picnic will be held, with a cookout and games for children.
The Rev. Jeff Rigsby will offer services at 2 p.m. during the picnic.
At 5 p.m., another church service will follow with a Singspiration featuring local singers and songwriters, with The Lego Movie to be aired separately for children at the same time.
The Rev. Jay Radman will offer the message for the evening services.
Prizes contributed by area businesses will be awarded to children during the evening activities.
A Zumbathon, with proceeds going to the Team Mojo Foundation, will also be part of the day's activities, as well as a food drive.
"We hope to make this an annual event. This is just the beginning. We want to promote the positive change in the community. We believe there is a positive vibe of re-growth in East Liverpool and East End and we want to make an effort toward that," Pawloski said.
He said the event will also promote the unity between churches, businesses and the community, saying everyone had come together to support the event.