Today was the second in-gathering for the United Thank Offering. The UTO is a big deal here in Panama (and throughout Central America) because it was through the generosity of the UTO that many of our churches were built. I like the UTO, too, because they give all the missionaries a gift every year, and it really helps, let me tell you!
Our parish was decorated in blue and white, the UTO colours. When we came into the church today, we all received blue and white crosses, which we all wore during the service. We had lots of visitors from the U.S.A. this week as we are in the midst of our national holidays, so there were lots of people standing at the altar rail when I gave the blessing for travelers.
The Altar Guild held a bake-sale today, too, so there was lots of activity on the patio during the eighth sacrament of the Episcopal Church, the Coffee Hour. The Lovely Mona made a chocolate cake, but she is famous for her pumpkin bread, so there was some disappointment due to the lack of said bread. However, the bake-sale went very well, and I was happy 'cuz I got dos empanadas de pollo y dos empanadas de carne. Now THAT'S a cowboy breakfast!
This is the St. Christopher's UTO banner. It's extra cool 'cuz the letters U T and O look like molas.
Padre smoking da place up wit dat incense!
Mandatory Mrs. Doyle photo. She is always in charge of the money box.