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May 21, 2012

Fun and Wild Weekend

by Rev. A. J. Iovine

This weekend provided Saint Matthew’s with one of those ‘wild and crazy’ times that will not be forgotten soon!

On Saturday, we held our 2nd Annual Family Fun Day. A lot of kids and their moms (not a lot of dads, sad to say) attended. There were vendors who offered a wide range of goods for sale. The food was outstanding (can’t go wrong with hot dogs, popcorn, chips, water, soda, and out-of-this-world empanadas by Empanada Mania in Bergenfield). Thrivent sponsored a special workshop for kids that helped them (and many of us adults) with understanding the importance of saving. We listened to music via The Message on SiriusXM (this is the contemporary Christian music channel I’ve become very fond of), and then tried to listen to the Rangers-Devil match from The Rock in Newark. Saturday was a tiring, but incredible fun and wonderful day for the people of Saint Matthew’s and those in our New Milford community who came to support us.

One of the important projects we worked on during FFD was a community-wide food drive that helps support our Food Pantry here at church. People from all over dropped bags of food off. Coupled with the food drive sponsored by the local Post Office last weekend (food that went to help the food pantry at Ascension Roman Catholic Church here in town), the people of New Milford have truly given back to help the hungry.

I would be here all day thanking people from Saint Matthew’s who made this weekend so spectacular. And since it is my policy not to mention the names of church members on the blog without asking them first, I will refrain from naming them. However, all of their work means so much, not just to our community, but to our church. Our open-door policy on loving fellow sinners with the love of Christ was so evident in the eyes of the members of our congregation who spent so much time on Saturday and the days and weeks leading up to FFD. They spent endless hours at church working on making this event as good as it was — which was better than I think they anticipated. They worked at home, at work, and driving around, making phone calls, stressing out over the details. And by the grace of God, their work paid off. Our FFD was a wonderful success since we had the opportunity to show the love of Christ to those who need to hear it.

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