07/2016 - Our New Garden

Dear Growing Christians:

“You shall be a crown of beauty in the hand of the Lord” Isaiah 62:3a

     This week is my 20th anniversary of ordination into the ministry. And this past Sunday, I got to do something I have never done in twenty years. I got to bless a zucchini. I have blessed children, homes, marriages, pets, backpacks and even a road marker on the Nemacolin Trail, but never before did I bless a vegetable.

     But what a moment, the first fruits of our community garden, fresh picked from the vine and carried into the church. By Wednesday, six zucchinis were taken down to Hanover Council of Churches for the PAL lunch program. Whatever the zucchinis become; salad, parts of a casserole, lasagna, or even bread, they will be used to feed the hungry with good healthy nutrients. At the same time the fresh produce will give opportunities to show the residents of the shelter how to cook, plan and prepare, can and freeze meals using those and various other vegetables. Eventually we will be teaching gardening skills also, so that people can take the food from seed to harvest and provide for their own families.

     A year ago this ministry was just an idea, now it is growing and producing from St. Mark’s to All Saints, to Clearview Apartments to First United Methodist and others throughout the area. All growing in the ability to help each other in need. What a way to grow in faith. May it reap a hundredfold in the days and years to come.

       In the Peace and Grace of God,                 
                         Pastor Kirk Griffin

June 2016