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LENTEN HYMN

We Thank You: 2018 Flea Market

22nd Annual St. Michael’s Flea Market / Ziti Dinner

 

Flea Market Finds

 

Our 2018 annual
St. Michael Flea Market Weekend
came to a close Sunday, August 5.

We at St. Michael’s thank all who visited or volunteered.

And we sincerely mean that!

 

 

 

Who are the people who made a difference?

Everyone who participated made a difference!

You can believe is it our community of friends, neighbors, patrons, fellow “believers”, parishioners and volunteers
—  extending far beyond 205 North Main Street, Pittston.

 

This year was no exception !  Everyone is a part of the success ….. it is the combined effort, the sum total of all the parts that makes a difference.   ( Does that sound a bit like what St. Paul mentions in 1 Corininthians 12 ? )

Everyone brings a little part of themselves to the mix, doing what they can in their own unique and gifted way to make it all happen.

The difference we make is our gift back to God in thanksgiving for many good things He blesses upon us.

And since our united effort (whether in prayer or activities) is what makes us church, what makes us the Body of Christ — a community of believers — in the chance that you may have missed the opportunity this year to “be on board”, we welcome you to join us next time.  Each person is the key to guaranteeing the future of what we value.

 

The ways people make a difference . . . .

2018 Saturday Opening Day

Our partial list :

 

♥    The patrons who return year after year.   Our good neighbors and faithful friends come for the food (the definition of delicious) and to shop.  Thank you for your support.  What is more remarkable to us are the places people came from, places that were quite far in fact, and also friends from several local churches.  All we can say is “Wow!” We are humbled.

♥    The drop-in shoppers/visitors enter our doors for the first time and are pleasantly surprised.  Cannot miss the line up outside on day one!  We hope we served your needs well and returned the value of your time with us.  Thank you for dropping in out of curiosity!

♥    Our Day One bargain hunters – the scouters of “great stuff” who patiently waited in that long line for the doors to open on Saturday.  We hope you found the surprise treasure that made your day!

♥    And every volunteer who helped.  Whether your help was visible or behind the scenes, big or small, no matter how much time or what role was played. May you find some rest in the weeks ahead, knowing you served God and your church, and did so out of love for both.

Flea Market Bake Sale♥    Our food team volunteers who worked for hours in prep and cooking.   And our bakers ! It takes planning, time and labor to achieve what you do.  Where would we be without your skills?  You are our success makers!    We vote you best ethnic food in the area, too!

♥    And our “senior” volunteers (that may be the majority)  who unfailingly help each year; you grasp the needs that exist and respond in kind.  Our prayers are with you.  We pray also that our young people will find in you the model to follow as they sort out discovering their path.  We do hope that path includes being a part of St. Michael’s now and in their future.

♥    The people who don’t belong to our parish, who volunteer for their friends! You get a heartfelt hug and prayers of gratitude.  You are the best of the best!

♥    Every other role played by volunteers: the bakers, flea market “pricers”, organizers, errand runners, setup helpers, donors of supplies, and on and on.

We thank everyone.

May God bless you in the role you served.  

Because in the end, it’s all about serving God in serving others and ensuring the future of our church in our community.

 

RIVER BLESSING 2018


SUNDAY    JANUARY 28 , 2018
CANCELLED for 2018
Nesbitt Park Boat Launch, Kingston, Pa

CLICK HERE to see photos showing the severe ice jam on the river in Jan 2018


 

With the recent unpredictability of ice jams in the river, we were very
concerned about continuing with this event .  Even as the ice jam threat has lessened at this time, it is far too dangerous to proceed.  Our prayers were and continue to be for all those living along the river and in other potential flood zones.  River flooding and threats of flooding are very stressful for everyone in our area, and our focus at this time is on prayer for all who are affected in any way, and for future protection of all.  

We especially thank all workers in emergency management,
disaster relief and preparedness, law enforcement and all first responders, and public officials for the services provided during this time.  We thank also those volunteers and workers who served in any other way, including our local media broadcasters for their role in communication.

 

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Blessing the water that will be intermingled with the river.  In addition, a blessed ice cross will also be tossed into the water.

 

 

 

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A view of the Susquehanna in Pittston looking south.  A tranquil river in late summer.