Jesus’ Birthday Celebration 2022
JESUS’ BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION POTLUCK
Everyone is welcome! Bring family and friends!
DATE: SUNDAY, AUGUST 21, 2022
TIME: NOON to 8:00 PM Eastern Time
Rick and Susan Lyon will be hosting a celebration in honor of Jesus’ birthday this year and they are inviting everyone to attend a potluck picnic at lovely Silver Beach in St. Joseph, Michigan.
Dunes Pavilion, 101 Broad Street, St. Joseph, MI 49085
Celebration begins at NOON (to 8:00 PM) with a brief welcome, but everyone is invited to come as early as 10:00 AM and stay as late as 10:00 PM to make the most of the day, the shelter, and the great resources at Silver Beach.
LUNCH: begins just after NOON. Vegetarians, if you would please, bring a dish that suits those requirements.
REMEMBRANCE: begins at 1:00 PM. Refreshments will be provided.
SOCIAL TIME: begins at 2:00 PM – you are invited to enjoy the surroundings and whatever activity you prefer for the remainder of the day.
PARKING: Identify yourselves as guests of the LYON PICNIC at the main entrance to receive a discounted $8 resident parking rate.
DIRECTIONS: Turn right into the parking area when leaving the main entrance. The Dunes Shelter is a short distance in and to the left of the parking areas, (up on the sand dune overlooking the beach).
We are planning something special, so we hope for a large, wonderful gathering by the lake – reminiscent of the times our Master spent by the Sea of Galilee with his Apostles nearly 2000 years ago. Let’s pray together, inviting him to rendezvous with us (his modern apostles) enjoying friendship, fellowship, good food and fun – and in keeping with the tradition of celebrating the Master’s birthday by Lake Michigan, and living our Greater Lake Michigan Urantia Association motto: “embracing joyful, active, participation…”
We welcome all of GLMUA members and friends in the region to bring their families. We will enjoy celebrating our beloved Master in one of the most beautiful settings possible. Birthday cake for everyone!
PLEASE REGISTER below for food planning purposes!
CHECKLIST – What to bring:
- Entree / Side Dish / or Appetizer for the potluck dinner
- Dunes Shelter is on the lake, bring a sweater in case it’s cool
- IMPORTANT: Folding Lawn Chairs
- Sunglasses / Sun Screen
- Swim Gear / Beach Towels / Sand Toys
- Musical Instruments
- A favorite memory of Jesus you may want to share
MENU – To date, attendees have pledged the following menu items:
- Meat: Roasted Chicken,
- Side Dishes:
- Desserts: Jesus Birthday Cake,
- Fruit / Vegetables: Fruit Salad,
- Beverages: bottled water (flavorings available),
- Remembrance: grape juice & king’s bread
All plates, cups, paper goods, table covers, plastic ware, and hand sanitizer will be provided.
RSVPs for those who will be attending: 4 Adults, 0 children (as of 4-26-22)
PARK RESTRICTIONS: No Alcohol – No Fireworks – No Sky Lanterns – No Litter
BEACH: The park at Silver Beach offers so much for those who will attend – champagne colored sand, incredible scenic views of Lake Michigan, and a variety of things to do for the whole family – including beach volleyball, frisbee, skating, hiking trails, a pier with picturesque lighthouses, sculptures from local artists, two large children’s play areas, and shaded areas. This is an excellent place to swim with clean, sandy bottoms within sight of the pavilion (parents be advised that the lake may have riptides / beach may be closed for swimming on rare occasions) so bring the buckets and kiddie shovels. There is plenty of sand for making sand castles!
SNACK HUT / RESTROOMS: Are only steps away, and directly adjacent to Dunes Shelter. (There are short paved sidewalks up to the pavilion to accommodate those with special needs). Picnic tables are available (7), but you may want to bring a lawn chair for each person for more comfortable seating. Wally and Gertz Takeout Hut on the beach will come in handy for those who are spending the entire weekend.
POWER: Electricity is available at Dunes Pavilion. Music or amplified sound is allowed, however the sound must be contained to the event. (Park Staff reserves the right to turn the volume down or off.) Musical instruments are welcome! Rick will also bring some music and speaker.
HOTELS: For those who would like to spend the weekend in the beautiful historic town of St. Joseph make sure to reserve your room in advance (as soon as possible). The Boulevard Inn & Bistro is gorgeous, or you might check the Inn at Harbor Shores! There is a bed & breakfast near the beach also, among other options.
DINING / ATTRACTIONS: You will enjoy the cultural downtown with the Krasl Art Center, Whirlpool Centennial Park and shopping, along with the Margaret Upton Arboretum, and unique features such as a railroad turnstile swing bridge and a raised bridge to allow tall ships to pass. Nearby, the rail station has been converted to a great pizza place, Silver Beach Pizza, with open air dining when weather permits. The Veranda at the Whitcomb is nearby, and also within walking distance are Thornton’s Home Town Cafe, Chan’s Garden, Azul Tequila, Broad Street Cafe, Buck Burgers & Brew, Beachside Deli, and many others. Check out this MAP for details. Harbor Shores, a world-class golf course is only a few minutes away. You absolutely must take a few moments to appreciate the gorgeous carefully restored historic carousel.
TRAIN: It appears that a train is available from Union Station in Chicago to St. Joseph (one block from Silver Beach) once a day if you are arriving the evening before. Coach seat on the train runs $27-$40. Advanced booking is recommended. Amtrak Thruway connections can be purchased with a rail ticket. Tickets can be purchased at the station, online, or over the phone. More information at AMTRAK.
COVID – Please be respectful of others’ rights to make their own health choices. We will be in an open-air environment, however we would encourage everyone to be aware that some attendees may wish to social distance, or choose to wear masks. That’s okay. We want for everyone to feel comfortable. No doubt, we will find a loving way to work it all out and enjoy the day!
WEATHER: This is something fun! Check out the BEACH CAM
(If anyone is interested in items from CosmicCreations, just let us know and we can bring orders with us to the picnic. It’s a good way for us to help you save a few dollars on shipping costs).
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