Posted on October 2nd, 2007

Supernatural: The Dark Side Of Spirituality

Things that go bump in the night, ghosts and ghouls will be the focal point of messages presented this month at Open Arms Community Church in Bradford.

The church is launching a series called “Supernatural: The DARK SIDE of Spirituality,” touching on a topic rarely discussed in churches.

“I’m really excited about the idea of addressing the issues of ghosts, demons, psychics, mediums, and so on.,” said Pastor Mike McAvoy. “We need to talk openly about these issues without always coming across critical and judgmental. I’m even more excited to discuss the power of God and the spiritual experiences we’re to have with him”

Many people are intrigued by the television shows about the paranormal and supernatural. McAvoy said he hopes to tap into God’s perspective with the messages, subjects ranging from ghosts, psychics, witchcraft, and other paranormal phenomenon.

“So many people have supernatural experiences but question the source and the long term effect,” he said. “We’re looking to see what the Bible says regarding how to discern the source accurately, what are the effects, how to face negative spiritual experiences, and how to experience positive spiritual experiences.”

Church services are held 5:30 p.m. Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sundays. The message may also be downloaded from the Open Arms Community Church website at

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It Is Rocket Science

Posted on October 1st, 2007

Heather Levy - Momentum OF System Constant With Time

Artist Heather Levy’s Rocket Science Series will be on exhibit at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford from October 5th to November 16th, 2007. There will be an artist’s talk / opening reception Friday, Oct. 5, 2007 at 12:00 p.m.

The inspiration for the works in the series comes from formulas used in rocket science. Her paintings use depth, motion, and color to bridge the gap between physics and art. I contacted Heather and asked her a few questions:

Did you have a connection to Bradford prior to your exhibit?

In 2004 I volunteered to help paint a mural in Washington, DC, where I had the good fortune to work under the guidance of Master Painter Prof. Kong Ho, Associate Professor of Art & Program and Director of Communication & the Arts Division at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford. Professor Ho and I maintained a friendship and he alerted me to the possible opportunity of showing my work at UPB. I presented a portfolio for their consideration and was accepted!

What is the inspiration for your art?

My Art in general is inspired by life, the beauty of nature, the complexity of humanity. Each work contains a theory, notion, or hypothesis, either consciously or subconsciously.

I consider myself a philosopher writing with my brush. I put a capital “A” on Art and worship it.

What is was the inspiration for the Rocket Science series?

The inspiration for my Rocket Science Series was born from the phrase, “It’s not rocket science”. I wanted to be able to point to my work and say, “Well, this is Rocket Science”.

I researched actual Rocket Science formulas and then translated them into paintings.

Talk About Bradford

Posted on September 30th, 2007

Talk About Bradford is back up and running.

For those of you that don’t know what “TAB” is, it is our virtual community, or discussion forum. It’s sort of like the old general store cracker-barrel. Hang around, listen to what’s going on, speak your piece if you have something to say. It’s also a good place to ask questions if you want to know about Bradford, PA.

Anyone can look to see what people are talking about. The sidebar on this page has an RSS feed listing the latest TAB posts. If you want to join the discussion, registration is free. It just helps us keep the discussion on track and prevents spammers from ruining things.

Our good friend Jason acted as administrator for a while while he upgraded and tuned the forum software. Thank-you Jason! TAB now has three moderators, Laura, Nic, and Spider. They run things on a day-to-day basis, and are tasked with enforcing the rules. Take a moment to check out Talk About Bradford.