Grace Baptist Church of Whitehall has started planning its annual Fall Festival to be held on Oct. 8 on Queen Street. Youth pastor and Whitehall native Kevin Gebo said the event is one the entire community is more than welcome to attend.
“It’s really a chance for us to embrace our community and we’re hoping to do more regular things and be proactive,” he said.
The free event will have plenty of food and games ranging from hot dogs to cotton candy and a bounce house to hayrides. A portion of Queen Street will be closed for the day for the hayrides to take place on a small local route.
“We will have adult supervision of course so the kids are safe, then one of the men from the church will be driving the tractor on a small local route in town… It will be good, old fashioned, clean fun,” he said.
Gebo said he hopes Whitehall residents will attend the event as a way to become more familiar with the community. He said the event is to keep positivity high in Whitehall and serve to meet more people.
“We want Grace Baptist to be a lighthouse in the community. We want to love our community, we want people to know who we are, that we’re here for them, and share the love of God,” he said.
Along with face painting and fresh apple cider, kids and parents will be able to enjoy different games and meet with fellow community members. Gebo said he is ready to meet some fresh faces as he has started pastoring at Grace Baptist as well as in Truthville.
“I started my Christian walk here at Grace Baptist back in 1990 and I plugged into this church. I was a faithful member here, got baptized here, introduced and married my wife here, then we began to work with the youth in the community. This church has a real special place in our hearts,” he said.
The event will be from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 8. For more information, visit the Grace in Whitehall Facebook page or call 518-499-9241.
“Our services are at 9 a.m. on Sunday mornings and all are welcome,” Gebo said.