Good Morning Church:
Many of you came to church Sunday and asked, “Where are the pumpkins?” Well, we asked the same question since the first promised delivery date of October 4th, and again several adjusted delivery dates later. Finally, after missing two important weeks of sales, we decided to decline delivery for this year. Many of you have asked why we are using this particular company for our pumpkins. I would like to share a little of that reason with you. We originally contacted this company, Pumpkins USA, because I had started a patch with them somewhere around 1997 at one of my previous appointments.. that patch continues to operate. We liked this company for a couple of reasons: 1) They are a mission organization. The pumpkins are grown by American Indians in the Southwest as a source of income. 2) This particular company has had a very good track record over a long period of time with many churches. 3) They assume all the risk: they grow, harvest, and ship. There is no upfront cost to any church who runs the patch. We send them a percentage of our sales.
Unfortunately, last year our deliveries were delayed due to the weather, and we have not received a satisfactory reason from Pumpkins USA for the reason for this year’s delays. To be fair, we had no issues with delivery during our first year of patch operation. We regretted that we had to make a decision to not operate the patch this year, but we are exploring other options for the future.
In other news:
MissionAires will play bells this Sunday at both services. They have been working hard and are excited about sharing their love of bells with the congregation on Sunday.
Movie on the Lawn will go on as scheduled this Friday night at 7:30 pm. It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown will be shown on the big screen under the stars! Invite your family and friends, bring your chair or blanket and enjoy a night of fun and fellowship. Popcorn and drinks will be provided and stay after the movie for s’mores!
Our annual Bonfire will be held on Thursday, October 30th after Trick or Treat on the Square. Come enjoy refreshments and fun around the bonfire. This event is always a great time for our community and we encourage you to come and bring a friend or 2! We also will have a table set up on the square and we are looking for candy. If you can donate some candy to give out there is a basket in the narthex.
There will be a clean-up day at the Sweetwater Campus on October 25th at 9am. We will do some yard work, clean the building a little and generally spruce it up for the Fall Festival and other activities that take place there. A reminder that we will host SWEETWATER SINGS on the last Sunday of November. There is also some thought of having an intimate late night 11pm Christmas Eve service there.
Fall Festival at The Sweetwater Campus will be on Sunday, November 2nd beginning at 4:00pm. Activities include bonfire, music, corn hole, children's games, a bouncy castle, cake walk, food and so much more! Help us spread the word and make plans to attend. We want to be a welcoming presence in the Sweetwater community and encourage you to take part by attending and helping in needed areas.
If you are interested in ministering with some of the folks in Clay County (and getting a little exercise in the process) you might want to participate in the Firewood Ministry at Hinton Center. Every Thursday at 2pm folks gather at the Administration Building and proceed to the firewood area to split wood (there is a splitter provided); deliver wood to folks that use wood to heat; or pick up donated wood to be split later. If you have any questions how to help, or to donate wood, or refer someone who could benefit from a load of wood, contact The Hinton Center at 389-8336 and ask for Andy.
That is all for now. Be the face of Christ.