State Archery Champ speaks at April 21 Sports­men’s Ban­quet

Ad­vance tick­ets for sale only; no at door tick­ets

Northern Berks Patriot Item - - RELIGION - By Kolleen Long Salem EC Church

Archery is the theme for this year’s Sports­men’s Ban­quet at Salem Church, Lenhartsville, on Satur­day, April 21. Com­pet­i­tive archer Zena Ross will be fea­tured speaker at the sixth an­nual event. Ad­vance ticket pur­chases are re­quired.

Ross is just 18 but has al­ready built up an im­pres­sive re­sume. Her archery ca­reer be­gan when she was just five years old, and she won her first state cham­pi­onship three years later.

Cori Dixon, a mem­ber of Salem, chairs the an­nual event which is spon­sored by the church’s Out­doors Group. She in­vited Ross to speak af­ter hear­ing about her from last year’s ban­quet speaker, trap­per Brian Mohn.

“She’s been Penn­syl­va­nia’s state champ for 10 con­sec­u­tive years and holds over 30 records,” Dixon says. “so I’m ex­cited to meet Zena, per­son­ally. It’s quite an ac­com­plish­ment for her to be 18 and have all those records.

“Plus, I al­ways en­joy the fel­low­ship and open­ing the doors to other peo­ple in the com­mu­nity.

Pas­tor Dave Long agreed. “It’s a great fam­ily event, and a lot of fun for any­one who loves the out­doors.”

Long and his fam­ily have at­tended the ban­quet ev­ery year, and he said friends and fam­ily from out of the area like to at­tend as well.

“We en­joy the in­ter­ac­tion around the ta­ble,” he said, “and the time of fel­low­ship with other peo­ple who en­joy spend­ing time in God’s beau­ti­ful cre­ation.”

Doors to the ban­quet will open at 5 p.m. on April 21. At the time, at­ten­dees are wel­come to try archery for them­selves. The church’s gym has an in­door archery range, in­clud­ing tar­gets, com­pound bows and all other el­e­ments needed to shoot com­pet­i­tive-style in a safe set­ting.

Salem has the range in place as part of their Cen­ter­shot min­istry. Cen­ter­shot is a com­pet­i­tive archery pro­gram with weekly classes held year round. Be­gin­ning and com­pet­i­tive archers are wel­come from ages 10 to adult. For de­tails about Cen­ter­shot, call the church of­fice at 610-5625033.

Door prizes are an­other big draw to ban­quet at­ten­dees. Dixon notes that the ban­quet com­mit­tee is putting to­gether out­doorthemed pack­ages, in­clud­ing a grand prize re­lated to archery.

The evening will also in­clude out­doors dé­cor, such as wildlife mounts through­out the build­ing, and a hot buf­fet pro­vided by Kathryn’s Ka­ter­ing. Church mem­bers will do­nate home­made desserts.

Ad­vance pur­chase of meal tick­ets is re­quired. Those 3 and un­der can eat free. To re­serve tick­ets to the 6th An­nual Sports­men’s Ban­quet, please con­tact the church of­fice by April 15. Tick­ets are not avail­able at the door. Call Salem staff at 610562-5033, email wear­e­salem­[email protected] or via Face­book page, www.


A hot buf­fet, out­door-themed prizes and an in­door archery range are all planned for Salem Church’s 6th An­nual Sports­men’s Ban­quet on April 21. The night will also in­clude a fea­tured speaker, Penn­syl­va­nia archery champ Zena Ross.

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