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Bethlehem Apostolic Temple Plan Events

Photo by Scott McCloskey The Rev. Darrell Cummings, senior pastor at the Bethlehem Apostolic Temple in North Wheeling, center, stands with Wheeling Mayor Glenn Elliott, left, and Joseph Ticich, executive vice-president of operations of Belmont Savings Bank, during a press conference at the temple Friday morning. Both Elliott and Ticich will be playing in 5th annual Ohio Valley All-Star Thanksgiving Charity Basketball Game, scheduled for 6 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 17, at the Wheeling University McDonough Center.

WHEELING — The Bethlehem Apostolic Temple in North Wheeling is once again hosting several annual community events in the month of November.

The temple’s officials announced during a Friday morning press conference that they will be hosting their annual “Honoring Our Heroes” event during the temple’s regular 10:30 a.m. service this Sunday and the 1 p.m. service at the Shiloh Apostolic Faith Assembly in Weirton.

There also is the 5th annual Ohio Valley All-Star Thanksgiving Charity Basketball Game, scheduled for 6 p.m. Nov. 17 at the Wheeling University McDonough Center to help raise funds for its Thanksgiving food basket giveaway, which is scheduled for 11 a.m. Nov. 23 at the North Wheeling Youth Center, according to the Rev. Darrell Cummings, senior pastor at the church

Cummings said he believes it is necessary for the community to come together to show appreciation and gratitude for all the men and women who serve as first responders or in the military and have “made it their job to save lives and help others,” after he was called to New York City to help serve as a chaplain 18 years ago following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

“I saw the sacrifices that they made when they ran in when everybody else was running out, and since that time once a year, we try to take time to say thank you to our local heroes as well as our national heroes,” Cummings explained. “We will also be honoring veterans at both locations. So all are welcome and please help us to honor our heroes in some special way,” he added.

Flanked by Wheeling Mayor Glenn Elliott and Joseph Ticich, executive vice-president of operations of Belmont Savings Bank, Cummings also discussed the importance of the annual Ohio Valley All-Star Thanksgiving Charity Basketball Game and thanked Elliott and Ticich for their past participation in an event which has become so crucial for raising funds for the food basket giveaway. A team of local celebrities, both men and women, from around the Ohio Valley will participate in the charity game.

“There are a number of people who work every day and still don’t have enough to have a special occasion such as Thanksgiving, and we want to do everything that we can (to help),” Cummings commented. “We still believe that a family that eats together, prays together, has a better chance of staying together. So in light of that for the past five years we have been blessed to have a charity basketball game,” he added.

He went on to thank those who have helped to make the event possible, including Wheeling University for being host to the game.

For the past 28 years, members of the Bethlehem Apostolic Temple have worked hard to make sure area families have everything they need to celebrate Thanksgiving, according to Cummings. He said the church’s food giveaway provides more than 300 Wheeling-area families with meals for the Thanksgiving holiday, along with clothes and school supplies for children. Church members handed out about nearly 30,000 pounds of food, including more than 300 turkeys, at previous giveaways.

For more information on tickets or how to sign up to be a sponsor for the charity basketball game, call 304-233-8899.

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