The idea for the Allegheny West Conference (AWC) Young Adult Retreat was birthed in the backseat of Jerome and Carolyn Hurst’s car. During a two-and-a-half-hour ride home from the conference constituency meeting, Charde (Hurst) Hollins, a recent college graduate, and her parents bounced ideas back and forth, as she wrote them down on a stray piece of paper and pen from the bottom of her mother’s purse.
The Temple Emmanuel church in Youngstown, Ohio, was organized in 1917, first meeting in homes, later at a YMCA, then at a rented facility and finally in their own church building. The members enjoy a rich history of God’s faithfulness and blessings.
More than 370 people attended Family Night, and 264 young adults attended Youth Night. “The Spirit of the Lord was with Lewis. If you came one night, you had to keep on coming,” says Eugene Anthony, pastor of the Allegheny West Conference's Glenville Present Truth church.