Baptist, Methodist Churches Join for Riverwalk Service, Picnic

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Byline: Gala Pierce

For the fourth year, two Batavia church congregations invite the community for their annual outdoor worship.

You can expect bratwursts, hot dogs and fried chicken, as well as a strange sermon on the "Ax Head," at 10 a.m. Aug. 29, at the Batavia Riverwalk's Peg Bond Center, Island Avenue and Houston Street.

Last year, about 500 people gathered for the service, offered by Batavia United Methodist and Logan Street Baptist churches.

"We are two different denominations, but we have a similar vision and a desire to reach out to the community and proclaim the gospel of Christ," said the Rev. Mike Stoner, of Batavia United Methodist Church.

About five years ago his church offered the outdoor, casual service, joining forces with the Logan Street Baptist Church the next year.

Stoner will deliver the "Ax Head" from 2 Kings 6:1-7.

"It recognizes we go through spiritual slumps and we need to re- ignite our faith and recommit to Christian service with our local congregations," Stoner said.

Also scheduled to speak are the Rev. Todd Yeary, pastor at Logan Street Baptist, and then, the Rev. Jeffry Bross, the United Methodist church's new associate pastor.

Choirs from both churches also will perform. A large tent will be erected for the picnic, Stoner said.

For information, call the United Methodist Church at (630) 879- 7060 or Logan Street Baptist at (630) 879-7190.

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