It has been since World War II that the last Saturday of July has not found St. John Parish picnic grounds filled with people sharing food, fellowship, laughter, games, music, and parishioners working hard and sweltering in the heat to provide a wonderful day for those who come.
The picnic grounds are somberly quiet today. It is sadly necessary due to the COVID-19 pandemic which continues to spread throughout our area.
I encourage all of us to let this quiet somber day here at St. John’s draw us to prayer for those who are currently sick with the virus and trying to recover, those who have died from it and their grieving families, our doctors and nurses who are risking their own lives to provide medical and other care for the sick, and those isolated and lonely in our nursing homes or in their own homes.
Feel free to come and pray at our quiet picnic grounds or in either of our two air conditioned churches. If you are not able to come out, create some quiet time in your home; let it remind you of the quiet picnic grounds today, and offer up your prayers to God from home.
Gratefully Yours in Christ,
Due to COVID-19 and all its uncertainty and to help maintain the health of our community, it has been decided to cancel the annual Leopold Picnic for 2020.
With prayer and trust in God we hope to see everyone in 2021!
Unfortunately picnic for this year is canceled.
Some say the the first picnic was held in 1890. With dinners reportedly costing $.25.
The parish held a 2-day picnic in 1954, but it was decided after that, to hold it to only one day, and since that time the picnic has been set annually on the last Saturday in July.
Home-cooked meal consisting of fried chicken, chicken and dumplings, kettle beef, potatoes, green beans, corn, fresh garden vegetables and dessert ... isn't your mouth watering just thinking about it?
The historic fish pond, other games and face painting will occupy the kids so the adults can visit with friends and neighbors.
The passed on recipe of that creamy, bursting with vanilla flavor homemade ice cream is a must have!
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