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Press photos by Paul CmilDonna Fink wins a $25 gift card during St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church’s bingo Jan. 28. Press photos by Paul CmilDonna Fink wins a $25 gift card during St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church’s bingo Jan. 28.
Bob Bastion takes to the stage to begin calling numbers during the event. Bob Bastion takes to the stage to begin calling numbers during the event.

Players enjoy bingo at St. Paul’s event

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 by PAUL CMIL Special to The Press in Local News

Chili cook-off Feb. 3 is next on list of church’s activities

Everything was grins and giggles Jan. 28 as St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Catasauqua, opened the kitchen just after noon, so approximately 100 bingo players could get some snacks. When the clock struck 2 p.m. and Bob Bastion took the stage to call bingo, the serious business began.

The room echoed with only an occasional “Bingo!” as the players got to work. The gifts were $25 gift cards from various merchants, as well as cash prizes.

“We have a committee that goes around to merchants looking for donations,” June Hahn said.

Sherry Miller coordinates the whole effort.

At Sunday’s event, you could get 20 games for $20 with three chances to win $5.

St. Paul’s was also collecting donations for a scholarship honoring Mark Reccek, who died Dec. 17, 2017. Reccek covered Catasauqua Area School District news and events.

A new event is on the schedule for Feb. 3 — the first annual chili cook-off. St. Paul’s and Holy Trinity Memorial Lutheran Church are joining forces to make this a successful event. Skip your Sunday dinner — this event starts 4 p.m. and goes until 6 p.m.

The proceeds from the cook-off will be donated to Catasauqua Food Bank.

To add a little more intrigue to the day, there is a special competition between the two pastors. If you attend, you can vote for a $2 contribution. The Rev. Scott J. Paradise, from St. Paul’s, may have a small advantage over the Rev. Brian S. Riedy because the cook-off is held at St. Paul’s, 417 Howertown Road.