Lycoming College to host ninth annual Black History Month Dinner

Lycoming College will host its ninth annual Black History Month Dinner at 6 p.m. Feb. 1, in the Jane Schultz Room, Wertz Student Center. The guest speaker will be Spencer Sweeting, pastor of Williamsport’s City Alliance Church, who will present, “How we change a city.”

This campus and community celebration will feature dinner, music, poetry and art. There will be a cost per person, with a discount for children 12 years of age and under and reservations must be made by Jan. 27. To register, call 570-321-4134.

Sweeting graduated from Penn State University with a bachelor’s in religious studies and English in 2009 and earned a master’s degree in evangelism and church planting at Liberty Theological Seminary in 2011. He has been a coach and mentor for teens, a youth pastor and in 2013, he was elected to the Williamsport Area School District board of directors.

“Growing up in Williamsport, I’ve always thought of Lycoming College as one of the elite organizations in the community, and knowing many members of the student body, faculty and staff, I think there is a tremendous amount of talent and potential assembled on this campus,” Sweeting said. “To have the opportunity to speak to the Lycoming College family and, hopefully, encourage us all to become more active in helping Williamsport flourish as a community is very special to me.

“I believe the strongest community is one in which we all seek the highest good for each other; where we’re all good neighbors and take ownership of our shared responsibility to see our community flourish. My dream is to see every organization in Williamsport do this well.”

Sweeting lives in Williamsport with his wife, Beth, and their three daughters. He also is an avid musician and leads the popular local classic rock-soul group “Spencer and the T-Bones,” which formed in 2009 and regularly performs at the Community Theatre League.