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PRESS PHOTO BY JIM MARSHJerusalem Western Salisbury Church held its 22nd annual church summer festival and old- fashioned congregational picnic June 22 on the church grounds along Devonshire Road. PRESS PHOTO BY JIM MARSHJerusalem Western Salisbury Church held its 22nd annual church summer festival and old- fashioned congregational picnic June 22 on the church grounds along Devonshire Road.
Making the right choice as to where to place your basket raffle ticket is a time-consuming decision. Making the right choice as to where to place your basket raffle ticket is a time-consuming decision.
Cindy Krasnansky, left, of Allentown and Marilyn Defanti, of Lower Macungie Township, serve a fresh-grilled hot dog to Dwayne Lichtenwalner, of Emmaus, at the June 22 Jerusalem Western Salisbury Church summer community festival. Cindy Krasnansky, left, of Allentown and Marilyn Defanti, of Lower Macungie Township, serve a fresh-grilled hot dog to Dwayne Lichtenwalner, of Emmaus, at the June 22 Jerusalem Western Salisbury Church summer community festival.
Proud grandparents Robin and Kerry Dorney, of Whitehall Township, escort seven-week-old granddaughter Addison Held around the Jerusalem Western Salisbury Church festival grounds as the infant’s first introduction to an old-fashioned congregational picnic.PRESS PHOTOS BY JIM MARSH Proud grandparents Robin and Kerry Dorney, of Whitehall Township, escort seven-week-old granddaughter Addison Held around the Jerusalem Western Salisbury Church festival grounds as the infant’s first introduction to an old-fashioned congregational picnic.PRESS PHOTOS BY JIM MARSH
Jerusalem Western Salisbury Church Pastor Donald Brown, of Upper Macungie Township, pauses for a chat with parish coordinator Linda Held, of South Whitehall Township, and her father, Lester Barber, of Salisbury Township, at the Jerusalem Western Salisbury festival June 22. Jerusalem Western Salisbury Church Pastor Donald Brown, of Upper Macungie Township, pauses for a chat with parish coordinator Linda Held, of South Whitehall Township, and her father, Lester Barber, of Salisbury Township, at the Jerusalem Western Salisbury festival June 22.
Tabitha Shade and Aletha Shade, of Upper Macungie Township, provide Andrew Held, of Whitehall Township, with traditional picnic fare of a hot meatball sandwich. Tabitha Shade and Aletha Shade, of Upper Macungie Township, provide Andrew Held, of Whitehall Township, with traditional picnic fare of a hot meatball sandwich.

Jerusalem Western Salisbury Church holds annual summer congregational picnic

Tuesday, July 2, 2019 by JIM MARSH Special to the Press in Local News

For the 22nd time since 1997, Jerusalem Western Salisbury Church congregants and friends from throughout the Lehigh Valley got to enjoy picnic fare, games, music, prizes and fellowship at the church’s annual summer festival and old-fashioned congregational picnic at the church’s Devonshire Road campus adjacent to the Salisbury Middle School.

Linda Held, the church’s parish coordinator, said the picnic has been held every year since 1997 without a rain out. “We had a shower last year, but it did not stop us,” Held said.

Hamburgers, hot dogs, meatball sandwiches and pierogis were available in abundance, along with other picnic fare and listeners in lawn chairs enjoyed popular music by Dan Flok and the Ravens, a Lehigh Valley musical group composed of local musicians. That group had listeners singing along and swaying in their seats, but young and old alike rose as one as the church’s festival band struck up the chords of the national anthem.

Youngsters enjoyed face painting and games and everyone joined in competing for prizes in the cake walk version of musical chairs. For many it was a sweet dilemma as they circled the raffle basket table trying to decide where they wanted to leave their ticket for a chance to win.

It was the good-time kind of day that only a perfect early summer day can provide.