Saturday, March 16, 2013

How To Celebrate St. Patrick's Day

Top 'o the evenin', friends.  Because of our Pennsylvania state 'blue laws' which prevent selling alcohol and cars on Sunday (interesting combination, huh?) the bars here in Erie, PA are in full St. Patrick's Day mode today.  I hear the reveling began at 7:30 am in local pubs.

But what do Operation Christmas Child fans do on St. Patrick's Day in Erie in 2013?  Our team had a table at the MOPS indoor garage sale to raise some funds for items for our shoebox packing party as well as to raise some awareness about Operation Christmas Child.

With God's blessing (and maybe a little luck o' the Irish) were able to raise a total of $108.50 and that will buy 434 boxes of crayons when the back-to-school sales come.

I think maybe St. Patrick would be pleased.

I especially think this after reading the excellent blog written by my pastor, Derek Sanford, about the life and mission of the real St. Patrick.  You can read it by clicking the link here.

Please take a few minutes to read it.  When you do, you will realize that this day would more appropriately be spent in prayer than in drinking green beer.

Have a happy (and holy) St. Patrick's Day.

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