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Fulton’s Hope Fest 2013 continues tonight and tomorrow

Pictured are John and Mary Lou Palm in front of the sign at the Fulton War Memorial. Palm will speak for two nights at Hope Fest, which continues tonight and tomorrow night at the Fulton War Memorial. Doors will open at 5 p.m. The event will feature testimonies, Christian worship bands, and sermons.
Pictured are John and Mary Lou Palm in front of the sign at the Fulton War Memorial. Palm will speak for two nights at Hope Fest, which continues tonight and tomorrow night at the Fulton War Memorial. Doors will open at 5 p.m. The event will feature testimonies, Christian worship bands, and sermons.

by Nicole Reitz

A Christian outreach event called Hope Fest 2013 will continue tonight and tomorrow night at the Fulton War Memorial.

Doors open at 5 p.m., and the event begins at 7 p.m. The event is free and is presented by the Fulton Evangelism Committee.

Hope Fest will feature local christian bands, testimonies and preaching from organizer John Palm and his son, Joe Palm, a pastor in Orlando, Fla.

The other guest speaker is Julio Roque, a former drug addict and gang member who now pastors Lighthouse Christian Center in Baltimore, Md., the Palms’ home church.

Fifth Ward Councilor Jay Foster will give a brief testimony on the first night speaking about how Jesus changed his life.  Valley News Managing Editor Andrew Henderson will also speak at Hope Fest.

Palm and his wife Mary Lou were drawn to Oswego County after serving as American missionaries in Newcastle, Australia. Palm said that he was given a vision in the middle of the night of the word “Oswego,” which he then looked up on a map.

From there he began writing letters to the churches in the Oswego area and pastors from the Rive of Life Assembly of God in Fulton and Martville Assembly of God both responded.

The Palms then travelled to upstate New York because of the vision that God shared with them. Palm said he found it interesting that the Native American definition of Oswego is “outpouring.”

“As Christians we are always praying for an outpouring,” said Palm.

Over the past 14 months, Palm has stayed mainly in Oswego County, meeting and praying with different denominations.

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Free shuttle bus service for Hope Fest 2013

Hope Fest 2013 is fast approaching with three evenings of Christian outreach at the Fulton War Memorial June 7-9.

To help those without transportation and also for those who do not want to have to park far away, the Hope Fest Committee is partnering with Oswego County Opportunities to provide free shuttle bus service each night.

The bus is wheelchair accessible. The bus will be identified by bright yellow signs that say, “Hope Fest Shuttle.”

Transportation to the War Memorial: There will be two runs to pick up passengers and bring them to the War Memorial. The first run starts at 5:30 p.m. and the second run starts around 6:10 p.m. The schedule and times for the pickup stops during each run is as follows:

First Stop: Main Office Gilbert’s Grove, Pathfinder Courts – Emery St., 5:35 p.m. and 6:15 p.m.

Second Stop: Senior Buildings G-K, Pathfinder Courts – E. Broadway, 5:39 p.m. and 6:19 p.m.

Third Stop: Fulton Education Center/Park Area – South 4th St. between Buffalo and Rochester streets., 5:43 p.m. and 6:23 p.m.

Fourth Stop: Towpath Towers – 100 Rochester St., 5:48 p.m. and 6:28 p.m.

Fifth Stop: Fulton Mill Apartments – Riverside Ave. off West 1st St., 5:54 p.m. and 6:34 p.m.

Sixth Stop: Chateau West Apartments – W. 11th St., 6:01 p.m. and 6:41 p.m.

Arrive at War Memorial: Dropping off outside main entrance; 6:05 p.m. and 6:45 p.m.

There will be return-trip bus runs at the end of each evening. Each night’s activities are expected to end around 10 p.m. The schedule for dropping off passengers on the return trips is as follows:

First Stop: Main Office Gilbert’s Grove, Pathfinder Courts – Emery St.

Second Stop: Senior Buildings G-K, Pathfinder Courts – E. Broadway.

Third Stop: Fulton Education Center/Park Area – South 4th St. between Buffalo and Rochester streets.

Fourth Stop: Towpath Towers – 100 Rochester St.

Fifth Stop: Fulton Mill Apartments – Riverside Ave. off West 1st St.

Sixth Stop: Chateau West Apartments – W. 11th St.

After first return-trip run, bus returns to War Memorial for second and final run.

For those who need transportation in the Fulton area but cannot get to the bus stops, there will be mini vans available (not wheelchair accessible) that are driven by volunteers. Please call 315-226-3378 by 5 p.m. Wednesday, June 5 to arrange for pickup.

Hope Fest 2013 is a free Christian community outreach event on Friday, June 7, Saturday, June 8, and Sunday, June 9. Doors open at 5 pm with the event beginning nightly at 7 p.m. Live music, guest speakers, preaching, prayer, and testimonies.

Those seeking more information may visit www.hopefest2013.com or call 226-3378.