HAWLEY - On Sunday, June 1, 160 people from three congregations in Hawley became one Church as they expressed gratitude to God for all their blessings and left the walls of their buildings to go out and serve our community.
     Pastor Colleen Cox of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Pastor Anna Knox of Hawley United Methodist Church (HUMC), and Pastor Ken Platt of the Wallenpaupack Free Methodist Church spearheaded and led the way as they visited the sick and the elderly at Ellen Memorial Nursing Home, cleaned Bingham Park and painted picnic tables and benches, as well as completing several other projects along Main Avenue.
        The Small Jobs Crew went all over the community helping our neighbors by doing anything from yard work, painting, staining decks, etc. One group helped by assisting in the renovations of the Ritz Theater, a landmark in this community. Others baked cookies for the Senior Center, planted flowers in the Memorial Garden at HUMC, made care packages for the Victims Intervention Program, knitted baby hats to be given to Wayne Memorial Hospital, and participated in Fun in the Park, where they gave out free lemonade and popcorn, balloon animals and did face-painting.
      There was a prayer walk, where people walked throughout town, stopping to pray for everyone and whatever was on their hearts. Operation Gratitude was an opportunity to make para-cord bracelets and write letters to those in the military overseas. Another group made "Pillowcase Dresses" for children in Haiti. Those who made these dresses placed a tag and a picture of themselves to go with the dresses so that the children could see them and know that they were praying for them.
       All through the day child care was available and the sanctuaries were open for all.  The day ended in celebration with a barbeque feast in the backyard at St. Paul's. There was laughter and sharing, live music and prayer.
    "We all had the chance to answer the question, 'Where did you see God today?', " said Pastor Cox. "It seems that God had been everywhere. Maybe that's the lesson."
    This was the second year for the event.