Happy Easter! This past weekend was the annual Rummage Sale. I want to thank the many parishioners who made this sale possible and especially parish administrator Karen Melchar. The Rummage Sale has a two-fold purpose. The first is to share many things in and through our community. The second is to raise funds for outreach. At this year’s Rummage Sale, we partnered with No One Left Behind to share the many donated items with nine refugee families from Afghanistan. If you were present on Friday night, you know that it was a huge success. Mike Guerrieri, the volunteer coordinator at No One Left Behind, wrote a letter of appreciation. He wrote:
Thank you all for the hospitality you showed those families yesterday. They were genuinely blown away and the happiest that I had seen them. Your efforts, patience and willingness to engage with them sincerely impacted them and provided them not just with a respite from the pressures of American life but granted them independence in choosing items that they needed and wanted. Whether it was a board game, bicycle, jacket or serving tray, each of them now has a fragment of St. Patricks in their home and will remember this for an incredibly long time.
Yes, we always raise funds, but impacting lives of people is so much more powerful and important. Again, thank you for all that you did to make a difference. There will be a Rummage Sale meeting after the 10:30am service this Sunday.
Also on Sunday, we will be meeting from 9:50-10:20 with families of St. Patrick’s youth to brainstorm youth programming for the upcoming year. The Rev. Sue von Rautenkranz, our regional youth leader, will be here to hear from you. If you are unable to attend the meeting on Sunday, I encourage you to send me a note with your ideas and vision for youth activities. It will be offered as part of the conversation on Sunday.