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.
Sunday, June 30: Civil War Commemoration in Downtown Cowan. Join us for a community-wide recognition of the 150th Anniversary of Union and Confederate troop occupation in Cowan. The event begins at 1:00 p.m. in the railroad park at the depot with an opening ceremony, music, and remarks by local historians. A Civil War trail marker will also be installed as part of the program.
We started out back last year - 2012 - putting together music for worship with some of our people who play various musical instruments: piano, organ, flute, penny whistle, violin, guitar, banjo - whatever. When our piano player was out of pocket for a while, somebody suggested we start singing, and we haven't stopped singing since - even though we still use our instruments! So, whether you pick a guitar or sing, you are a musician, and we get together every Wednesday to put together the music for worship.
Violence against children happens everywhere, in every country and across all social groups. The Code was specifically created to be a child protection tool used by the industry to combat the commercial . . exploitation (CSEC) of children in the context of travel and tourism activities.
Human trafficking is a heart-breaking reality in our world, where people, including children, are treated and used as commodities. Joseph Kinard is going to share some of what he has recently learned of this situation in our worship service April 28. From the PCUSA website: