FOSSIL - Fossil is getting ready for Shebang.

Shebang is a Christian youth leadership conference sponsored by the District Youth Ministry Council open to all youth attending middle school and high school.

The event begins at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 13, with registration at the Fossil Methodist Church and continues until 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 16.

"The annual event held every President's Day weekend covers all of Eastern Oregon and part of Western Idaho," said the Rev. Tim Novak of Fossil Methodist Church. "It has been held in Hermiston, Madras, Ontario and Bend. For it to come to Fossil is pretty interesting. The community is really getting involved. The kids will be housed by host families in the evening and attend events at the church."

Shebang's theme is "Jesus is the Spark, Let Him Light Your Fire," based on Acts 2. The event includes lots of music, skits, worship, work sessions, more music, breakout discussion groups and a guest speaker, Novak said. The discussion groups focus on issues impacting youth today, he added.

The guest speaker is Nate Macy , a seminary student at George Fox University. He attended his first conference as interim director for Madras Methodist Church.

"He came last year as the guest speaker," said Doneva Bolen, Central District Youth coordinator of Hermiston. "The youth were so impressed we invited him back."

Coordinators are expecting more than 100 young people to attend the Christian event. Youth can register right up until the night of the event, Novak said.

The cost of the event is $34 per person. All youth and youth groups are welcome. To pre-register and for more information, call Bolen at 567-1673 or e-mail doneva@eoni.com, or Nancy Novak at 567-0303 (days) or 567-0261 (evenings).

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