The PDCC Board of Missions participated in the 2019 RI PrideFest in Providence on June 15th. We set up and “manned” a booth from 9:00 am until 7:00 pm. We distributed a new PDCC Brochure, a list of RI Conference Open and Affirming Churches, Trans Pronoun Buttons (very, very popular), Brochures about Camp Lilac and UCC Temporary Rainbow Tattoos. We solicited donations for Camp Lilac a camp for Trans students in Ohio. We also displayed our new UCC Rainbow Banner (“A Just World for All”) that has our name and e-mail address on it. It is two sided and is on display in the banner frame facing Columbia Street. I seemed that most of the 75,000 to 100,000 people and families in attendance stopped and talked with us. Four other RI UCC churches also had booths. We found the attendees were appreciative of our attendance and materials. We talked with residents of South County and invited back several who said they attended PDCC as a child or attended years ago.
We had a great time and some of us had a chance to visit some of the over 200 participating booths. It was slow walking with all the crowds of families and children. Everyone was extremely polite and conversant and many times others had to rescue our brochures that went sailing in the wind gusts. We had a great crew representing our Church. Thanks, to Jami Schafer (brochure creator and button maker), Katherine and Dennis Condon, Cheryl Von Ehrenkrook and husband Ralph, Deb Shaw, Sylvia Blanda and Heather Etter who trusted us with her canopy for shade. Wally Young

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