Here in Cowan the churches do a lot of things together. Easter will be late this year, coming on April 20. For hundreds of years the church has called the 40 days prior to Easter Sunday "Lent", or the season of Lent. Spiritually, this is a time when we think and pray about what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ - especially how the things he suffered play into what God is doing to bring a new creation and a new day of hope to us and to our world.
The Governing Council, meeting Monday, January 13, set our church's mission calendar for 2014. The Council is making it a clear policy that each mission has its own designated time, so that we don't have any overlaps. This should help us focus our energies and attentions on our seasonal missions without any confusion.
Once again, the people of Cowan are coming together to place candles on the memorial stones of the Montgomery Cemetery. This is one of those old cemeteries that has the old giant cedars that people in past generations planted to last for generations - giant evergreen trees that stand as symbols for the eternal life we long for in our faith - giving comfort and shelter in all seasons and all weathers.