July 23rd- Maranatha Lutheran Church annual picnic

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Each summer, Maranatha Lutheran Church holds its annual picnic at Hillside Park in Waterloo. Maranatha is a small congregation with a committed group of members, mainly of Carribbean descent. As a member of St Philip Lutheran, sister congregation in the Eastern Synod of Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC), we were glad to be invited and we were looking forward to the day.

DSCF1298.JPGClosing hymn of worship service

DSCF1299.JPGOur accompanist, organist and accordion player, Ubaldo.

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Under the picnic shelter and a sky that threatened rain earlier in the morning

DSCF1301.JPGled by Rev. JR Bestvater

DSCF1302.JPGMore members, present and past, of Maranatha, including Pastor Peter and daughter Hanne Kuhnert

DSCF1303.JPGPastor checking out the food lined up for lunch. We're waiting for the barbecue to catch up

DSCF1305.JPGPastor Peter Kuhnert, past minister of the Maranatha congregation, was either delegated or volunteered to supervise the barbecue

DSCF1306 (2).JPGWomen of Maranatha lined up to serve the food. It was so tasty!

Our friends, Ron and Doris Tuckett, came to join us for the picnic, and Ron met a former coworker whom he hadn't seen in a long time

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More people arrived, filling the tables, visiting, and enjoying the food.

And we were entertained by people representing three steel bands

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DSCF1310.JPGI don't remember all their names, but they certainly played well together

DSCF1315.JPGThen for the games. Pastor Peter and his daughter Hanne, joined in the fun.

DSCF1318.JPGSecond round of the sack race

DSCF1323.JPGDraganna catching the water balloon

DSCF1327.JPGArlene, stretching to catch, and she got it

DSCF1329.JPGWith balloons being tossed continually, there was little time to zoom in on anyone. A few people got very wet when the balloons finally burst, but those who played had a lot of fun, sometimes holding as many as three balloons at a time.

DSCF1335.JPGa couple who volunteered to have their photo taken

The weather cooperated and people were engaged in friendly conversation on a summer afternoon. It was a successful picnic. Thanks to Maranatha for hosting. Good food, good company and fun.