PITTSTON — On the morning of Sept. 10, members of the Second Presbyterian Church on Parsonage Street served breakfast to first responders from Pittston City for the second year in a row at the Pittston Fire Station to show appreciation and to note the events of 911.
Present were city police officers, firefighters, and ambulance personnel grateful for the gesture of the church’s Mission Committee.
“It’s nice to know that the communities come together and thank us for what we do during the year and to commemorate 911,” Pittston City assistant fire chief said. “It means a lot to us – it’s a hometown feeling.”
The breakfast included scrambled eggs, sausage, ham, home fries, coffee, and pastries.
“One of our goals is outreach and to come here to serve our first responders is just one of the programs we run at the church,” church member Julie Lucarella said.
EMS ambulance members out of Station 29 Lorraine Labor, RN and Jeannie Pugliese both agreed the breakfast was a great gesture. “We are both completely appreciative because so many times people don’t take the time to acknowledge what we do,” said Labor.
“Pittston is wonderful,” Labor said, regarding how the people of the city often give back.
The Second Presbyterian Church has been without pastoral leadership since the departure of Rev. David Brague. Guest ministers currently provide services weekly at the church.
“It’s a very small church, without a minister right now; we are trying to continue things with each committee,” Lucarella said.
The church is doing its best to keep the church strong and in the forefront, running programs such as School Supply where school supplies were collected and handed out to community children with the remainder of the supplies donated to the Pittston Area School District.
This fall the church will sponsor Trunk or Treat during Halloween. “People of the church decorate their trunks and park them (their cars) in the church parking lot for children to go from car-to-car trick or treating,” Lucarella said. “It’s a safe environment; their parents are there and we provide food, as well.”