Sunday, September 11, 2011 - St. Nicholas Orthodox Church's Garden Angels held their 5th annual church picnic. All morning they prepared for the lunch and they served hot dogs, hamburgers, sauerkraut, sweet corn, macaroni salad, cookie, chips and all the fixings for a good ol’ American summer picnic.
Everyone had a good time. We were blessed to have Tammy Johns, daughter of Kathy Clark, with us this afternoon to join us in celebration and the good Christian fellowship that makes St. Nicholas Church so special.
And what summer picnic would be complete without someone having to go to the emergency room? One of our beloved Garden Angels, Mark is highly allergic to bee stings and fell victim to a sting shortly after preparing lunch. Luckily, he went to the emergency room and came out just fine. Luckier still were the rest of us who were able to benefit from the fruits of his labor that afternoon. I sure hope someone saved Mark a hotdog for all his troubles.
The 5th annual picnic coincidentally fell on the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001. During and after Divine Liturgy, several prayers were held for the victims, heroes, and all of their families of that horrific day. At the picnic, all in attendance proudly sang “God Bless America”, in remembrance of the fallen, in praise of our beloved country, and in honor of our heroes and soldiers.
A sincere thank you goes out to our St. Nicholas Garden Angels for yet another delicious and successful church picnic!
Thank you and may God grant you many years!