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Joshua Thomas
Jacob Labagh blows on a pinwheel during Sunday's Coffee House at St. John's-St. Mark's Lutheran Church.

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A crowd of about 70-75 listen and laugh as Mickey Boslet sings a humorous song Sunday.

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WELCA Member Susan Barker (right) serves a piece of pie during Sunday's fundraising Coffee House.

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Mickey Boslet performs at St. John's-St. Mark's Lutheran Church Coffee House on Sunday afternoon.


Coffee House raises money for CYC

Tuesday, April 16, 2013 - Updated: 5:46 PM


C-S-E Editor

CANAJOHARIE -- A second seasonal Coffee House event was held at St. John's-St. Mark's Lutheran Church on Sunday afternoon, with Mickey Boslet providing entertainment, sometimes with a little help from friends, including musician Louie Sierra, leading the 75 attendees through a diverse, interactive performance.

At one point, Boslet sang "Tiptoe Through the Tulips," a song first made famous by the eccentric musician Tiny Tim. The crowd roared with laughter as Boslet adeptly mimicked Tiny Tim's careening falsetto.

During one song, Boslet had the crowd do a call and response, which required them to yell the word "personality!" at his cue. That response summed up the entire event -- full of personality. The entertainment at Coffee House is always diverse and family friendly, and the baked goods plentiful.

The WELCA group -- Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America -- plan each Coffee House event for months, asking the congregation to make baked goods to sell at the event, themselves each bringing numerous items.

Sunday's proceeds will be donated to the Canajoharie Community Youth Center. Director Dontay Fowler was in attendance with his four kids, and during an intermission, took the chance to thank the public for their support.

Fowler, who said he's worked at the center on and off since he was 18-years-old, and attended its many programs as a child, said, "We appreciate this, and thank you very much for supporting the center."

"The youth center probably wouldn't survive without support from the community," concluded Fowler of the reason that fundraising events such as Sunday's are vastly important to the local organization.

Pastor Zachary Labagh surprised Fowler following his speech, presenting him with an extra check donated by St. John's-St. Mark's Lutheran Church. Labagh noted that when the church sells an investment, they donate ten percent of the proceeds to an organization chosen by the church council.

Labagh thanked Fowler for his devotion to the CYC, stating, "We want to thank you for all the work you do in the community, and we want to keep supporting you in any way possible." Labagh said the church has members willing to paint, and other skilled in woodworking, letting Fowler know that they'd be willing lend a physical hand to help the CYC.

While the Coffee House events have become an important way for the church to give back to those in need, WELCA Member Linda Klump said that the events also act as outreach programs, meaning that one of their main goals in holding them is community interaction. 

It's important to let the community know that, "we're a church with a heart," said Klump.

Joshua Thomas - Mickey Boslet performs Tiny Tim's "Tiptoe Through the Tulips" on ukelele at St. John's-St. Mark's Lutheran Church Coffee House on Sunday afternoon.

Joshua Thomas - Betsy Liljeberg serves hot chocolate to CYC Director Dontay Fowler's daughters on Sunday.

Joshua Thomas - Canajoharie Community Youth Center Director Dontay Fowler thanks the crowd and church for their support.

Joshua Thomas - Pastor Zachary Labagh (right) presents CYC Director Dontay Fowler with an additional, surprise check.

Joshua Thomas - Mickey Boslet (left) performs a song by The Beatles with friend, Louie Sierra.


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