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Our church had a lively and much-visited booth at the downtown festival Mayfest on Saturday. Beautiful posters displayed photos and text of activities and people of our congregation. Members of the congregation had baked around 400 cookies which we bagged and handed out with a message about our church. The message “God is still speaking…. and loving” was elevated on helium-filled balloons which we also handed out free to kids of all ages. When the helium tank blew off one balloon and sent it skyward at rocket speed, our man working the the tank told the gathered folks, “Come to our church. It’s a blast!” Reverend Mark Blank and congregation members ranging in age from 8 to 89 greeted passers-by who stopped for the cookies and balloons. Cindy Hudson-Knapp (and the apprentices she had initiated into the art of face painting, Cora DeLucia and Lorna Cheriton) painted faces, arms and hands in a myriad of designs including snakes, spiders, dolphins, flowers, and rainbows. as well as the “rainbow kitty,” all black tiger, and spider man that were requested by little kids. Congregation folks also staffed the neighboring booth, Climate Advocates, helping to raise awareness about environmental issues and what we can do to sustain our earth.
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