The readings for this weekend are about feeding the crowds. Both Elisha and Jesus feed the crowds who are gathered with a small amount of food. I do not want to suggest that our Social Committee nor the group planning and organizing the August 2nd event will be preparing the food for the crowd but they will prepare the space and plans for the day. The role of the rest of us is to participate so we can make the event a relaxing and fun experience for all.
As Nativity Parishioners well know, the second Sunday of August is always our parish picnic at Metropolitan Beach. That is August 9th this year. What is different this year is we are inviting St. Charles to join us. Of importance for all of us to remember is that the Mass schedule for that weekend will be changed. Nativity will have just the 4:00 Mass on Saturday evening. St. Charles has the8:15 Mass on Sunday morning. And hopefully most of us will be attending the 1:00 Mass at Metropolitan Beach now known as Lake St. Clair Metro Park.
The committee is planning to get the same spot we had last year which is near the boat loading area and close enough to the bathrooms. We need you to check out the sign up posters to let us know what you will bring. We need a great variety of food; hot dogs, hamburgers, sausage, chicken, potatoes, vegetables, salads, desserts, beverages, and snacks. We will bring a few chairs and tables but if you have them, we need you to bring your own lawn chairs, card tables, coolers, easy to set up canopies and anything else you think would be good for the day. Most of all, we need you to come and get to know a few new people just a bit better and enjoy the day.
The second event that should draw a large crowd, and that we should be participating in is another picnic Sunday, August 2nd, (that is next Sunday) at Belle Isle. It is the Interfaith Suburban-Urban Unity Annual Picnic. It is from 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m. on Central Avenue across from the Kids Playscape. There is dancing, singing, drumming, worship, games and fun for all ages. Meat is provided by the sponsoring group. Each family is asked to bring a side dish to share. The day is sponsored by a number of organizations who work to improve interreligious relationships and urban-suburban unity. The poster will be on the bulletin board on the door leading to the main parking lot if you want more information. It would be great if some of us were there to support the cause.
So enjoy the month of August, meet new friends, eat great food and share the memories and ideas together as we celebrate God’s great creation of new and different people and all in the setting of God’s beautiful nature in hopefully wonderful, sunny, summer days.