episcopalRELIEFnepa Soup Event 3-7-15


episcopalRELIEFnepa Hosts Event

“Warming up NEPA, one cup of soup at a time,” a new outreach ministry of episcopalRELIEFnepa, is bringing the comfort of a free cup of hot homemade soup and companionship to several locations throughout the area.

Sponsored by Trinity Episcopal Church of West Pittston, epsicopalRELIEFnepa is a regional effort to reach out to the community and offer a simple meal and opportunity for conversation, fellowship, and needs assessment. A totally mobile effort, “Warming up NEPA” uses pop up tents and portable tables and chairs to serve meals in areas where people can enjoy and benefit from an opportunity to gather. The initial event was held Saturday March 7 on Trinity’s church grounds at the corner of Montgomery Avenue and Spring Street in West Pittston.

Despite the cold temperatures and wind–or maybe because of it–more than four dozen people stopped by for a steaming hot cup of soup. Our guests included neighbors from blocks around who made the effort to stop by for the delicious homemade soup and stayed for some conversation. We were also visited by some neighbors who were walking dogs or on their way to errands, as well as a few on their way back from the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in nearby Pittston. All were offered a meal and hospitality by a volunteer crew from Trinity and the Episcopal Church of St. Clement & St. Peter in Wilkes-Barre.

As hoped, the day provided an opportunity for fellowship and outreach. It was a chance to catch up with some old friends and make some new ones, to check in with some of our neighbors who were affected by the 2011 flood and even to hand out some warm hats and gloves to those in need. Although the event was a gift to the community offered without any cost, we did accept donations on behalf of a West Pittston family that recently lost everything in an arson fire.

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EpiscopalRELIEFnepa grew out of Trinity Church’s FLOODCare ministry to help their neighbors in the aftermath of the September 2011 flooding that devastated a large section of West Pittston and surrounding communities. Seeing both the need for and benefit from community gatherings for simple meals and listening sessions that the church held in the aftermath of the flood, Trinity Church decided to continue the efforts through the establishment of episcopalRELIEFnepa. For more information, visit episcopalreliefnepa.org, trinityepiscopalchurchwestpittston.org, email episcopalreliefnepa@outlook.com or call 570-335-7875.

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