The Greater Carbondale Area Ministerium recently took the time to send some gratitude and support to members of the city’s police and fire departments. Pastor Jay Best and Pastor Nancy Esbenshade made the presentation of coffee gift cards to the police and accountability tags (nametags to help the fire chief keep track of his crew during a fire) to the firefighters.

Each accountability tag and gift card was enclosed in an envelope with a note from the members of the ministerium assuring the first responders of their prayers, expressing gratitude for their service to the community, and offering spiritual or other support whenever the need should arise.

“What stimulated this was when the Baltimore riots took place and the churches and pastors went down to the front where the trouble was happening and told everyone it was time to calm down,” explained Pastor Best, who organized the expression of thanks and support.

“We also offered our prayers because we realize how many police officers and firemen have been tragically killed on the job. We’re very blessed that we haven’t had that here,” continued Pastor Best, who is leader of the Community Bible Church of Greenfield Township, located on Heart Lake Rd.

Pastor Best emphasized that he strongly urges the community to pray for and to support the firefighters and police who keep Carbondale and the surrounding communities safe, adding “praise God that our community is relatively safe and that we have not had any deadly fires recently.”

Fire Chief Chris Pezak was on hand to accept the Ministerium’s tokens of appreciation on behalf of the city’s firefighters. He said, “We’re grateful for the recognition. It’s nice to be recognized for what we do as a department.”

The Greater Carbondale Area Ministerium is composed of pastors, church leaders, and interested lay people who act together in cooperative ministry for the spiritual and physical well being of the Upper Lackawanna Valley.

Among their projects have been raising housing funds for families in crisis, donations for the training of the city’s police K9, sponsoring a campaign for the construction of the Belmont St. Skate Park pavilion, hosting an annual skate boarding competition at the Skate Park, sponsoring the annual Lackawanna Valley National Day of Prayer service, and annually sponsoring church community Lenten and Thanksgiving services.

For more information about the Greater Carbondale Area Ministerium and their upcoming events, visit them on Facebook at Carbondale Area Ministerium.