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December 11, 2017
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Area churches take to the streets


HAWLEY AND NEWFOUNDLAND, PA — On Sunday, May 31, look for a symbolic flame: people in telltale orange, red and yellow shirts walking the streets of the greater Hawley and Newfoundland areas and working about town performing acts of service for the community. That is the day of “The Church Has Left the Building,” taken literally by St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Wallenpaupack Church, Hawley United Methodist Church, the Friends in Faith Parish, Newfoundland Moravian Church, FM Community Church, Lake-ville United Methodist Church, First Presbyterian Church of Hawley and Lake Ariel United Methodist Church.

The flier explains: “It is a day designed to help us all know God and our community more fully by serving one another in ways that purposefully draw us outside the walls of our church buildings and normal worshiping spaces. This hands-on approach is a chance for us to live out our faith by being in mission.”
This year, for the first time, the general public will be invited to take advantage of several opportunities offered by this army of church volunteers.

Dress for Success, a “free sale” to supply women with professional clothing, will be held at St. Paul’s Fellowship Hall, 405 Church St. in Hawley, from 1 to 4 p.m.
Volunteers at Bingham Park on Route 6 in Hawley, and Newfoundland (Carlton Drake Memorial) Park on Route 191, are offering a wide variety of services.

At Bingham Park, refreshments will be provided from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., while Lakota Health Care offers free blood pressure screenings. Pastor Colleen Cox will be on hand to bless your pet from 12:30 to 2 p.m. And Jessycalyn Vagnini from Judy’s Hairway to Heaven, along with other stylists, will supply free kids hair cuts in the gazebo from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

In Newfoundland Park, Pastor Alison Grove will offer pet blessings from 9:30 to 11 a.m., and Allyson from Pediatric Practices of NEPA will set up a free car seat safety check. ‘Delete Blood Cancer DKMS’ will offer a bone marrow screening and registry, asking anyone from 18 to 45 for a cheek swab and donation, and the Pike County Humane Society will host a pet adoption drive.