Our fine community
While visiting Facebook recently, I read a very nice post. The writer reminded us that even amid the growing concern of those who have vandalized property and created a feeling of uneasiness in our community, the truth is, we have a great little community here in South Connellsville, and the reason is the people.
I experienced this neighborliness during my recovery from shoulder surgery as my garden took form. Neighbors just came and helped. In the four years of this appointment, I have come to love the people of South Connellsville and the surrounding communities. There is a spirit of resilience and a determination to persevere regardless of the obstacles.
Cover up the Ten Commandments at our school? Fine! We’ll put up so many Ten Commandment monuments that if it truly offends you, you may need another place to live.
Break windows in the church? Fine! We’ll pull together and look out for one another because that is the definition of who we are.
We’re a community that believes in God and in each other. We will find a way to grow and to flourish in the present and the future. We’re the descendants of those who worked at coke ovens and underground digging for coal. We’re proud to wave the flag of the good ol’ USA and to kneel at the altar of our Heavenly Father.
For those who are in our community and yet not part of our community, we wish you well and invite you to be a part of this strong and loving neighborhood.
If you want to become a part of the neighborhood, it’s very simple. Respect each other and look out for one another. When property is being destroyed, and the people of this town are at risk, we’ll be looking out for one another. That’s just the way we are.
The Rev. Steven Lamb
The writer is pastor of Albright United Methodist Church in South Connellsville.