SA’s Marak to take message into Opera House Saloon Sunday morn

Capt. Dennis Marak, of the Salvation Army’s Huntington branch, will deliver the sermon during the Forks of the Wabash Pioneer Festival’s worship service on Sunday, Sept. 23. at the Huntington County Fairgrounds. The service begins at 9 a.m. in the “Opera House Saloon.”
Capt. Dennis Marak, of the Salvation Army’s Huntington branch, will deliver the sermon during the Forks of the Wabash Pioneer Festival’s worship service on Sunday, Sept. 23. at the Huntington County Fairgrounds. The service begins at 9 a.m. in the “Opera House Saloon.” Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Capt. Dennis Marak will take his message right into the Opera House Saloon when he preaches at the Forks of the Wabash Pioneer Festival on Sunday, Sept. 23. The old-fashioned, non-denominational worship service begins at 9 a.m. at the “saloon,” located on the Huntington County Fairgrounds.

“I’m honored to be part of it. Since the Salvation Army has been here since 1889, we have been an integral part of what the county has done and has accomplished, and we continue to do,” he says, “I just think it’s a real privilege.”

Foregoing “pioneer” garb, Marak will wear his Salvation Army uniform, which he says has largely remained unchanged since the organization’s inception in 1865 in London, England. His sermon, however, will cater to those who lived in Huntington County.

“Huntington County has a rich history of agriculture, and my sermon is going to revolve around the agricultural aspect,” he says. “

Those who go to the service will also hear some of the “older” hymns and church music the Salvation Army is known for, in addition to the message, which is based on John 15, Marak says.

Marak says he and his wife, Capt. Antonia Marak, have both reached “minister” status with their rank.

“In the Salvation Army, a ‘captain’ means that we’re ministers,” he explains. “The rank means we’ve gone to seminary and we’re ordained.”

There will also be a regular 10:45 a.m. worship service that will take place Sunday at the Salvation Army center, located at 1424 E. Market St., Huntington.

Those attending the worship service at the Pioneer Festival must pay the festival admission fee; however, if they stay only for the worship service and leave the park before 10:30 a.m. they can request a refund of the admission fee.  

The Pioneer Festival will be held Saturday, Sept. 22, and Sunday, Sept. 23. Visit www.pioneerfesti val.org for a full schedule of events for this year’s festival.