Lehigh Valley Episcopal congregations join to offer welcome and presence at Lehigh Valley Pride-In-the-Park for the first time
By T. Scott Allen
Enlarge the site of your tent,
and let the curtains of your habitations be stretched out;
do not hold back; lengthen your cords
and strengthen your stakes. Isaiah 54.2 (NRSV)
On a beautiful August afternoon the Episcopal churches of the Lehigh Valley joined together to have a ministry of presence and hospitality at the Lehigh Valley Pride-In-the-Park festival at Cedar Beach Park in Allentown.
The “Episcopal Tent” was graciously loaned by Mr. Mickey Brown of St. Andrew’s Allentown and owner of Michael Thomas Floral Designs. Father Patrick Malloy of Grace Church, Allentown, coordinated the volunteers and contents of the tent. All 500 red bag clips, emblazoned with the Episcopal shield and the phrase God made YOU for a purpose, the Episcopal Church welcomes YOU were handed out. Official attendance was set at over 5,000.
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