GRANITE SPRINGS, N.Y. – For their 60th birthday celebration, the congregation at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Granite Springs chose to go above, and light-years beyond, a traditional potluck dinner.

The milestone fell on the fourth day of the month, which is known to Star Wars fans as “Star Wars Day,” because the date lends to the pun, “May the fourth (force) be with you.” When it came time to plan a party, organizers felt it was the perfect coincidence.

“The whole Star Wars theme is a fight against evil, as in ‘may the force be with you,’— it’s a force of good, so it seems to go very nicely,” said Amanda Slattery, parishioner and party organizer.

Rev. Hal Roark (and many others at the party) donned a Princess Leia costume and gave a toast. Other festivities included line dancing, a piñata, a Star Wars film played for the children to watch, and potluck items, which were given Star Wars-themed names. Additionally, congregation members wrote out well wishes and memories on cutout stars and decorated the walls with them. Stars were placed in boxes dedicated to each decade since the church’s inception, and churchgoers put their stars in the box that corresponded with the decade they joined the parish.