Pride Fest 2024

On Saturday, June 15th, the 8th Annual Northwoods Pride Festival was held at Hodag Park in Rhinelander.

The Outreach Board felt it was important that our Church once again have a presence there, to let people know our congregation is Open and Affirming. Jackie Schmieder and Amanda Jahn got a banner made, Judy Thoms brought homemade cookies, and Lisa Johnson brought her daughter, Julia Sweeney, who was visiting from California.

Interesting side note: Judy was the attending physician at Julia’s birth, and we were both proud of the results of her work!

The weather cooperated, and the event was well attended. We had many conversations with people from the community, other churches and a few who had attended our church in the past. We even shared our number with the sister of a recent seminary grad looking for a church.

We all took turns checking out the other booths, and tasting the delicious food. I had a really good time.

– Submitted by Lisa Johnson