Civic lead­ers, lo­cal clergy break bread to­gether

The Daily Observer - - FRONT PAGE - STEPHEN UHLER SUh­ler@post­media.com

There’s noth­ing like a good meal and con­ver­sa­tion to bring peo­ple to­gether.

Last Wed­nes­day the Pem­broke Pen­te­costal Taber­na­cle was the place for the an­nual Civic Lead­ers Ap­pre­ci­a­tion Break­fast, hosted by the Pem­broke Area Clergy As­so­ci­a­tion (PACA). Around 25 lo­cal civic and church lead­ers gath­ered for the event.

Among the small crowd were peo­ple such as Lyn Smith, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor for the Ren­frew County Child Poverty Ac­tion Net­work, Greg Lu­bimiv, the head of Phoenix Cen­tre for Chil­dren and Fam­i­lies, and Pino Buf­fone, ed­u­ca­tion di­rec­tor for the Ren­frew County Dis­trict School Board. All mixed freely with clergy and rep­re­sen­ta­tives of area churches.

Rev. Dwayne Par­sons of First Evan­gel­i­cal Mis­sion­ary Church, and pres­i­dent of the PACA, said this event helps to forge links with those work­ing to make a dif­fer­ence within the com­mu­nity.

“This is where we take a morn­ing to show some ap­pre­ci­a­tion to our com­mu­nity lead­ers while build­ing re­la­tion­ships,” he said. This is done by the fact every­one is sitting sideby-side with peo­ple they may nor­mally not be with and so hav­ing the op­por­tu­nity to find out what every­one does in their pro­fes­sions.

“You find out they are ded­i­cated peo­ple who put their hearts into their work, and are not just the in­sti­tu­tion they work for,” Par­sons said. It is that heart all who take part in the break­fast are hop­ing to con­nect to, and per­haps work to­gether one day as part­ners.

“We all want our work to mat­ter,” he said. “The con­nec­tions we make to­day will help us to do our own work in the com­mu­nity bet­ter.”

The PACA is a gath­er­ing of Chris­tian clergy (pas­tors, min­is­ters, pri­ests, etc), who come to­gether to be bet­ter able to min­is­ter to the peo­ple of the Pem­broke area.

The group rep­re­sents 26 churches cov­er­ing many Chris­tian de­nom­i­na­tions. The group works to­wards Chris­tian unity and strength­en­ing links to the com­mu­nity and its lead­ers.

The break­fast was a chance for fel­low­ship and net­work­ing be­tween church and civic lead­ers in the ar­eas of gover­nance, and an­other op­por­tu­nity to work closely with clergy of other Chris­tian de­nom­i­na­tions.

STEPHEN UHLER/DAILY OB­SERVER

Rev. Dwayne Par­sons of First Evan­gel­i­cal Mis­sion­ary Church, and pres­i­dent of the Pem­broke Area Clergy As­so­ci­a­tion, ad­dresses those at­tend­ing the an­nual Civic Lead­ers Ap­pre­ci­a­tion Break­fast, held at the Pem­broke Pen­te­costal Taber­na­cle last Wed­nes­day.

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