Saturday October 3rd turned out to be a cold and drizzly day but a hardy group bundled up and grabbed their umbrellas and headed off to Rutland to visit the Heifer Farm to attend the Global Harvest Festival. We spent the morning learning more about Heifer International and the way that they help impoverished families. In their Global village we saw how people from other countries live.
Justin and Ethan digging potatoes in the rain
Allison, Paige and Lauren making prayer flags
We met llamas and alpacas, goats and rabbits, cows and sheep and yaks! The children were able to participate in various hands on activities at each country’s site to help them learn about the culture.
Hannah and Ethan help with the apple press
We were then able to see and help make apple cider with a hand crank press! For some of us the best part was the delicious warm cider that they had for us to sample; it was a real treat since we were pretty cold by then!
We ate our bag lunches in the community room of the barn and then finished up our visit watching a team of bareback riders who were giving a demonstration and of course a visit to the gift shop.
Abbie and Emily hamming it up!
We are hoping to head back to the farm for another visit in the late winter when they have a pancake breakfast (or lunch). We will be able to see the maple syrup being made and hopefully there will be lots of newborn sheep and goats.
Dear companions in Christ:
It is almost here!!! This coming Sunday we are going to confirm five of our youth; AbbieMoss, Nicole Kudrikow, Natalie Martinez, Taylor Partlor, and Justin Vitale. Come and support our youth who have been working since October 2012 on their confirmation process. Come and celebrate with them. If you are able please write a congratulation note to them. We need to encourage and accompany are young ones in their faith journey. They have been wonderful! even doing community work!
Love, Pastor Aida
Town Approves Community Preservation Committee Funding!
Dear companions in Christ:
Monday we witnessed once more the power of team work, presence, prayer and vote!!!! We had an excellent representation at our town meeting. I think we could have celebrated the approval of our grant by singing, but we behaved, and kept the “separation of church and state” respectfully after we heard “passed by majority vote!!!!!” We sang quietly with our hearts. Thank you so much for all your prayers and support for Hope. The Preservation Committee did a great presentation on our behalf. Steve offered a wonderful speech. Thanks to Duane and Steve and to Cathy for writing the proposal and keeping the church informed of the whole process!
Now we can move with lots of hope into the future.
Grace, peace and lots of smiles!
Hope’s Place meal for May will be Baked Ham, Scalloped Potatoes, corn and green beans. Also, we are preparing vegetarian lasagna, a bright green salad and assorted cookies for desert. If possible, please Volunteer to help with serving, help in the kitchen, setting of tables, and also to clean up. Other donations are always appreciated to give towards the meal. With your donation, please always give a receipt (or if it is a homemade item please attach a dollar value). We need receipts for the financial reporting required by the Loaves and Fishes grant. Please call Kathy Gibson at 413-230-9089 for any questions you may have and to sign up on her special clipboard. Please come join us at 6:00PM and have some fun.
Guest Speaker is: Edward Bock, Belchertown Fire Dept. Chief