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Ministerial Alliance Hosting Picnic, Concert And Craft Fair, Proceeds To Go Towards Texas Mission Trip

Ministerial Alliance clergy Rev. Beverly Kahle, St. Paul United Church of Christ, and Rev. James Miller, Trinity Lutheran Church, Nashville, spoke about the picnic being held at Memorial Park on Saturday, July 14, and the September Mission Trip to Texas that it is raising funds for.

By Alex Haglund

This Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., there will be a craft fair, flea market, bazaar, picnic and concert at the pavilion across the creek at Memorial Park in Nashville.
The event is sponsored by the Washington County Ministerial Alliance and is the first event of this type that they have held. Two of the Ministerial Alliance’s Clergy, Rev. Beverly Kahle of St. Paul United Church of Christ, and Rev. James Miller of Trinity Lutheran Church, got together to talk about how excited they were for both Saturday’s event, and for the fall Mission trip that the event will be raising funds for.
That mission trip will be to coastal Texas, where Washington County folks will head south from September 9 through 15, to help and aid with long-term cleanup after Hurricane Harvey last year.
“We’re excited about this, because it’s a chance for our sister churches to come together – to be Christ together,” Kahle said.
“Even though our different church bodies may disagree on the finer points of doctrine,” Miller said, “we can all agree on serving our neighbors.”
Saturday’s picnic will have a food booth run by the ministerial alliance, where hot dogs, burgers, chips, drinks and desserts will be sold.
Additionally, there will be live music, with Kaskaskia River Brass performing. Miller, a musician, will be performing, and will be doing a duet with his wife, Melissa.
There will be crafters and vendors at the event as well, but if any others are interested in attending, they can get more information by emailing the ministerial alliance at
There will also be more information on the Mission Trip at Saturday’s event, where there will be an information table and they will be accepting free will donations as well.
Anyone interested in coming along and volunteering on the Mission Trip is welcome to. While the trip is organized by the Ministerial Alliance and its Washington County Churches, the trip is open to anyone from any church in the area.
The trip is welcoming even those not involved with a church, with Kahle suggesting that the trip might be the event that helps to get someone not involved hooked up with a church in the area.
There will be an organizational meeting for volunteers and others interested in heading to Texas. It will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 19, at St. Paul United Church of Christ.

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