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It’s back — Hollow Rock camp meeting an in-person event starting Thursday

TORONTO — The longest-running interdenominational holiness camp meeting in the United States is a back-in-person event this year.

And that leaves Kurt Landerholm of Mentor, Ohio, chairman of the board of Hollow Rock Campmeeting, feeling excited and blessed.

Established in 1818, Hollow Rock kicks off Thursday with the opening night praise and worship service at 7:30 p.m. featuring the music of the Guardians, a southern gospel quartet twice nominated for a Dove award.

Hollow Rock services and events continue daily through the closing service at 10:30 a.m. on July 25 at the campmeeting grounds located at 1958 county Road 51, Toronto, and are open to the public.

For the first time in its more than 200-year history, there wasn’t an on-site Hollow Rock Campmeeting in July 2020 in response to precautionary measures to contain the spread of COVID-19. In its place was a virtual alternative with live streaming videos from evangelists and other guests for adults, youth and children.

Landerholm said in a phone conversation Monday that the board had made the official decision to return to in-person services and events in March.

“It was not too difficult (a decision to make) because things were turning in a new direction and we thought it was safe to do camp although we have made some changes to create a safer, healthier environment,” he said.

Those changes, such as carryout replacing cafeteria service and hand sanitizer being available around the camp in people-flow areas, are detailed on the website at It also outlines the schedule of participants: Preachers and teachers, Chris Bounds, Andy Miller, the Rev. Ryan Bash and Mel Truex; music, the Rev. Brock Barnhouse, Beth Cook and Jeff Capehart; and youth and children, the Rev. Jon Truex, Stephanie Schellin and Wendy Hanks.

“We do have an excellent lineup of evangelists and musicians this year,” he said.

Main tabernacle services are at 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. daily with a 2:30 p.m. Bible study.

“There is a lot of excitement from campers to be able to return to what is a very special place and a very special time,” Landerholm said. “Many people would say it’s the best week or 10 days of the year and that they’re so glad to be able to return to camp.”

He anticipates a good turnout.

“From what we can tell, most people are planning to come back and I am anticipating that we’ll be back to normal attendance,” he said.

“Hollow Rock Camp is special for the services and for that reason the online camp last year was very helpful and encouraging for people, but Hollow Rock also is important as a place to gather and be together to fellowship, and that was missed,” he said.

The camp welcomes longtime participants but those new to the experience as well.

“I would say everyone is welcome and you’ll find wonderful worship services and friendly people.”

SJMC Get-Together planning meeting, August event set

WINTERSVILLE — The St. John Medical Center “Get-Together” planning committee meeting will be held at 1 p.m. today at King’s Restaurant, 1063 Canton Road, Wintersville.

The get-together is for any employee who was hired by St. John Medical Center in Steubenville and is either retired or still working.

The planning is under way for the Aug. 13 get-together from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Mingo Knights of Columbus Hall. Tickets are $20 per person. The last day to pay is Aug. 1. Checks can be sent to Lee Lewis, 208 Stardust Drive, Wintersville OH 43953.

For information, call committee member Carol Bonar at (740) 381-5436.

Hot Dogs on the Lawn

luncheon July 28 at Zion

STEUBENVILLE — Zion United Church of Christ, 139 N. Fifth St., Steubenville, will host a “Hot Dogs on the Lawn” luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on July 28.

The menu includes hot dogs, $1; potato salad, $2; baked beans, $2; strawberry pretzel Jell-O salad, $2; cold pop and bottled water, $1; and assorted desserts for $2, such as cherry pie, Texas sheet cake, hummingbird cake and peanut butter sheet cake.

Vacation Bible School starts Monday at Richmond UMC

RICHMOND — Richmond United Methodist Church, 112 S. Sugar St., will host Vacation Bible School from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

It is for children in pre-kindergarten through grade six and will include a meal, music, crafts, puppets and a lesson and recreation. The theme is “Rocky Railway — Jesus Power Pulls Us Through.”

For information or to pre-register, call Heather at (740) 317-9671.

St. Joseph’s the Worker Church to hold block party July 25

WEIRTON — St. Joseph the Worker Parish will be holding a block party from noon to 5 p.m. July 25.

It will be held at St. Joseph the Worker campus on Michael Way. Bingo will be held from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., and there will be a dunk tank at 2:30 p.m. The festivities will include food trucks, a disc jockey, inflatables, a cornhole tournament and baskets drawings.

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