St. Paul’s Youth Group hosts fundraising lunch during Great Race stop in downtown Medina


MEDINA, Ohio — When the youth group at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 317 E. Liberty St., learned that The big race brought 130 vintage cars and dozens of spectators to the Medina Square on Tuesday June 21, they saw an opportunity to raise funds for their upcoming mission trip in mid-July.

With the location of the church on the race course half a block from the public square, and with cars due to pass the church shortly after noon, lunch seemed like the perfect deal.

Visitors to the city could grab a quick slice of reasonably priced pizza or a grilled hot dog and set up chairs on the lawn in front of the church to eat their lunch and watch the cars go by on Liberty Street.

With a tent to provide shade for workers and some diners, hungry guests could easily see that a quick lunch was available for purchase. Dozens of visitors took advantage of the occasion.

Mary Anthony, director of Christian education for the parish, answered questions about the mission trip while raising money for the lunches. She informed curious visitors that a group of 15 young people between the ages of 11 and 21 will be accompanied by four adults on a trip to Germantown in Philadelphia.

There they will stay and work at the Episcopal Mission Center (EMC) located on the campus of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 5421 Germantown Ave.

The group will be made up of parishioners from St. Paul’s, as well as St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church in Berea, Trinity Cathedral in Cleveland and St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church in Macedonia.

The Medina Group first visited St. Luke’s in 2008. On that trip, they remodeled a kitchen for an underprivileged woman, worked in an arboretum, cleaned up a downtown playground, participated in a feeding program and planted a vegetable garden for use in that program.

This year, the group will work with EMC staff and with service organizations across the city who are committed to social justice in a variety of ways.

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