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A Message of Hope

Updated on September 24, 2010

On Friday October 1, 2010, Cheryl McGuinness will visit Bellefonte Area High School. For those of you that don't know, Cheryl is the widow of Tom McGuinness who was the co-pilot of American Flight 11, the first plane to hit the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. She has a tremendous story of hope and faith to share with our community.

Cheryl is a born-again Christian who only through the grace of God was able to overcome the devastation of 9/11 on a personal level. Although the event has affected and changed all of our lives, Cheryl can identify with it as few others can. For anyone that might be in or around Central Pennsylvania on that evening, I invite you to come.

It is the desire of Lifegate Baptist Church to share Jesus Christ with our community through Cheryl's testimony. I would ask you to pray much for that evening as the people of Bellefonte and surrounding communities will have the opportunity to accept Christ as their personal Savior on that night.

Cheryl will also present a special Women's Day Out on Saturday, October 2 at our church. She'll continue to share her message of hope over brunch, games, and singing. Again I would deeply appreciate your prayers.We would love to see many of the unchurched in our area come to Christ and in the process make Lifegate their home church.

For those that don't know Cheryl's story you can find more information at her website, www.beautybeyondtheashes.com. God has truly done an amazing work in her life and has called her to share it whenever and wherever possible.

If God can take Cheryl through the fire to find beauty beyond the ashes, I'm sure He can do that for us as well. We just need to look to Him and perhaps more importantly, trust Him completely. There are no circumstances that exist that God can't lift us above. So don't be under the circumstances. Rise above them.

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      William Kovacic 

      7 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      SM,

      Thanks for the prayers. We need all we can get!

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      Matthew Dawson 

      7 years ago from United States

      Lifegate thank you for sharing Cheryl link as I will pass it around to those who I feel can be touched by it; as you know lifegate I am always praying for you and the church!!

      SM

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      Ciyes G 

      7 years ago from MManila, Philippines

      Wow! Thanks for the info. God bless Cheryl!

    • lifegate profile imageAUTHOR

      William Kovacic 

      7 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Thanks for the prayers, Jeanie. I've lived in Bellefonte or nearby most of my life. Could you drop me an email with your family members names. There's a good chance I might know them.

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      JeanieR 

      7 years ago from Sequoia National Forest, CA

      What a splendid opportunity for the light of Christ to go forth. Blessings to all of you involved in this event. May it be life changing for all who attend. Many of my family members have lived in Bellefonte at one time or another so I feel a real connection there. Will be praying!

    • lifegate profile imageAUTHOR

      William Kovacic 

      7 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Thanks exjw! I'll take all the prayer we can get.

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      exjwlaurie 

      7 years ago

      This will be a very moving and tearful event Brother Lifegate. How wonderful for you host this!

      I wish I could be there to hear her story. I will pray for your gathering, that God's Spirit will bless all who attend, most especially Cheryl as she gives her testimony!

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      William Kovacic 

      7 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      You're quite welcome, CO!

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      benny Faye Douglass 

      7 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Thank you Lifegate for a beautiful an very touchig story. Thank you for sharing. Godspeed. creativeone59

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      Deidre Shelden 

      7 years ago from Texas, USA

      Good to get your book recommendation, lifegate!

    • lifegate profile imageAUTHOR

      William Kovacic 

      7 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Ms Dee,

      If you get a chance to read her book, Beauty Beyond the Ashes, I think you'd enjoy it. Again, you can find out more about her at her website, beautybeyondtheashes.com. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Deidre Shelden 

      7 years ago from Texas, USA

      May God glorify himself through that event on Oct. 1! Wonderful to learn of Cheryl's beautiful story. Grateful to hear/read her testimony - thanks!

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      William Kovacic 

      7 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Brother Quill,

      The event that we are sponsoring will not be recorded, but you might want to check out Cheryl's website at beautybeyondtheashes.com. She has some books and videos available there.

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      William Kovacic 

      7 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Thanks All, for your prayers. As we all join in prayer I know God is going to do some tremendous things.

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      Karen Metz 

      7 years ago from Michigan

      I sure do wish I lived closer! I will definately keep you and your church in my prayers.

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      Karen Metz 

      7 years ago from Michigan

      I sure do wish I lived closer! I will definately keep you and your church in my prayers.

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      RevLady 

      7 years ago from Lantana, Florida

      The prayers of the righteous availeth much. Our prayer team is on it.

      Forever His,

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      "Quill" 

      7 years ago

      Thanks Brother... it would be a pleasure to hear her and her testimony, do have any idea if it will be recorded.

      Blessings

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      Isaiah Michael 

      7 years ago from Wherever God leads us.

      We also will remember your church in prayer for those meetings,

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      Sam 

      7 years ago from Tennessee

      up & beautiful! We'll remember you and your congregation in prayer. May God's will be done in your life as you labor for Him...

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      tinamarie9884 

      7 years ago

      Many blessings to you and your church, my prayers will go out to everyone.

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