HHS graduate powers into faith-based event

John Kopta, right, cheers on another member of The Power Team as he bends a steel rod during a 2015 performance in Irrigon. The 1983 Hermiston High School graduate will speak and perform at a trio of upcoming faith-based events in Stanfield.

John Kopta, a senior member of the Power Team, a Christian strength-based ministry, is featured during a trio of outdoor events at Bard Park in Stanfield.

The Ultimate Youth Smash 2017 kicks off the free program Saturday from 6:30-8:30 p.m. In addition to Kopta’s strength-based presentation and message, the evening also includes a local band and singing group made up of members from area youth groups. Sponsored by Stanfield and echo churches and Hermiston area youth leaders, middle school and high school students are encouraged to attend the powerful presentation.

Kopta will speak Sunday at 9 a.m. during the Stanfield and Echo Community Worship Service. With a focus on uniting believers, “The Church Worshiping Together” is sponsored by five local churches. The Anchor Point Seventh-day Adventist worship team will lead a program of lively music. Refreshments will follow the community service.

And, on Tuesday, July 4, Kopta will again demonstrate feats of strength during “Strength in Christ.” During the free program, which starts at 7 p.m., Kopta will demonstrate how faith is stronger than people’s fears and failures. Guest musician Tony Long-Drew will sing several patriotic numbers.

A 1983 Hermiston High School graduate, Kopta has spoken to more than 1 million people in 30 different countries. The former Bulldog football player and wrestler joined The Power Team two years after graduation. He said the strength-based ministry provides an opportunity to grab people’s attention, which allows them to minister to their hearts.

The event is sponsored by Anchor Point Seventh-day Adventist Church, Stanfield Baptist Church, Crossroads Community Church, Hope Presbyterian Church and Echo Community Church.

Everyone is invited to bring a blanket or lawn chair and attend the family-friendly events. For more information, contact stanfieldag@eoni.com or 541-449-3434.

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