By MIKE DONAHEY
A Marshalltown church which has received countless blessings wants to share its bounty with the Marshalltown community.
Trinity Lutheran Church of Marshalltown, ELCA, is inviting Marshalltown residents to partake in the church's annual picnic.
Face painting by the "Princess and Pirate" of Nevada, fellowship, food and games for adults and kids, all, are offered free-of-charge.
Rev. Gregg Davison of the church complimented the event committee for its organizational skills and adding new children's games.
WHAT: Annual Trinity Lutheran Church party
WHEN: 5-7 p.m., Aug. 25
WHERE: Church yard, 1011 S. Third Ave., Marshalltown
Music has always been a key component of the event, with bluegrass band "Lincoln Highway" and others showcasing their talent.
This year, renown central Iowa band "Loose Neutral" of Marshalltown, is headlining the entertainment and will be performing an "unplugged" version.
Community outreach by way of utilizing a summer picnic format is not a new endeavor for the parish, known for its extensive ministries benefitting the House of Compassion and Alaska-South Sudan Medical Project Wells initiative, among others.
Since 2003, the parish has hosted a popular neighborhood picnic with the same theme - a family-friendly event free-of-charge.
Households within a several block radius of the triangle-shaped church across the street from Anson Elementary School were mailed invitations to attend, melded with press releases to area media.
This year, the parish is targeting all of Marshalltown as its neighbor and more.
Included are the "bigs" and "littles" of Marshalltown's Big Brothers/Big Sisters, organization, according to Davison.
BB/BS mission is linking caring adults with children in need of a male or female role model.
"For past picnics, we've specifically reached out to organizations like the House of Compassion, our local homeless shelter and soup kitchen, to attend the picnic," Davison said.
"This year, we are reaching out to Big Brothers/Big Sisters. We think the "bigs" and "littles" will enjoy the event."