Although the original Thanksgiving Day is remembered as a harvest festival celebrated by the Pilgrims in 1621 in which, according to to the traditional account, they owed no small debt to the native Americans who helped them, it was declared an official national holiday by President Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War over 200 years later. He set it for the last Thursday in November. For Christians who celebrate the special days of the Christian year, Thanksgiving Day coincides, within the week, with the last Sunday of the Christian year. We call this Sunday "Christ the King" or "Reign
The Community Thanksgiving Service in Cowan has been going on for as long time. Taking place on the Sunday evening prior to Thanksgiving Day, this worship service is a wonderful time for people across the Cowan community to join together to show their gratitude for God's providence. This year we will worship at the Goshen Cumberland Presbyterian Church, where we recently had our Brush Arbor celebration. We start at 6pm.
We have a thing called a Pastor Parish Relations Committee. This is a standing committee in United Methodist churches that functions to deal with matters concerning the relationship of pastor and staff with congregations, what in United Methodist parlance are called "charges". Bishops and District Superintendents depend on these committees to monitor the health of the relationship between appointed ministers and the congregations they are serving. In a healthy congregation this group serves as a forum for
In the 21st Century there is no such thing as a church that is so established, so rock solid, that it can rest on its traditions as old ways of doing things and remain alive. Jesus expects us to go into the world and make disciples, which puts the ball into our court to trust that God will both provide and bless in changing times.
Our community garden is starting off with a couple of raised beds where we will plant vegatables that can (weather permitting) go into the fall and winter. The team will decide exactly what to plant, but items could include things like cabbage, turnip or mustard greens, field peas (purple hull, crowder, etc.)
Adam and Zoe Cowan are preparing a meal for lunch after church on the first Sunday in July. And a treat it is going to be! So make your plans to come to church prepared to eat lunch here. Invite your friends. If you are reading this on the web, consider yourself invited too!
The idea of some kind of community garden is one that grew out of different ideas we were posting in the Adult Sunday School class as one of those things that might help us connect and reconnect with our community. I started talking to people about the idea. Some of them in the church. Some in the community. Last month the Governing Council gave its formal stamp of approval to the idea of exploring this mission with a view of receiving a recommendation that we can go with. Just this morning, I met someb