Children, seniors are focus of group

By Steve Mocarsky

May 12, 2013

NANTICOKE — A men’s ministry group at a local church has made it its mission to provide fun activities for the community’s children and senior citizens.

But, the group needs some community support to raise the cash needed to achieve their goals.

That’s the impetus behind a chicken barbecue dinner the group is hosting this month at St. John’s Lutheran Church at 231 State St., said church member Dale Zmijewski.

The Men in Mission group’s first endeavor was a success, Zmijewski said, with about 130 children participating in the Fall Funfest the group put together at St. John’s last year.

“It was a place for kids to come and have a good time in a safe environment. If you go to a fair, you could end up spending tons of money. We made the food and games very inexpensive. Even for those with no money, we had at least four things you could do for free,” Zmijewski said.

“There are a lot of children in the area who don’t have a lot. We want to offer something they can be involved in,” he said.

Men in Mission is “just a group of guys at the church who want to reach out to the community,” Zmijewski said. “We started meeting informally and then monthly.”

And before long, some new community activities came about.

Men in Mission currently sponsors a Coffee House for senior citizens on the fourth Friday of each month from 7 to 9 p.m. at the church. Food is served and there is usually live music as well.

“We’re looking to tap into the senior community to do some more types of events for seniors,” Zmijewski said. “But we need money to put on more of these type events for seniors and for kids.”

The group has volunteers for the chicken barbecue, but food and monetary donations are welcome, as would be assistance selling tickets to the event. Anyone interested in helping out should call the church office at 735-8531 for more information.