Shout Out to our Community Gardens

Today I am tired of gloom and want to be positive. And, in-fact, the calendar gives me three quotes. “One joy scatters a hundred griefs. (Chinese Proverb) Cheerfulness is the atmosphere in which all things thrive. (Jean Paul Richter) A cheerful look brings joy to the heart, and good news gives health to the bones. (Proverbs 15:30)” This morning I want to give a huge shout out and take my hat off with gratitude for one of our ministries at Bethany, Bethany Community Gardens was awarded first place in The Neighborhoods, USA (NUSA) National Convention virtual awards program. Their category was Multi-Neighborhood Partnerships, National Neighborhood of the Year. Wow!!! The award is wonderful but it has been a real joy to watch about 20 little plots, strips of land, be used by people from our community and volunteers from our church worked throughout the growing season to provide food for families and for local food pantries in our area. I get to pray before interesting lectures that help us be more environmentally aware, before we are fed by community organizations that pitch in to support this effort, and before we put elbow grease into our little plots – the young and the old! Our Day Care tots are introduced to growing gardens and the local high school students can get credit for introduction to farming class in the summer. There are too many names to list but perhaps the smile (insert emoji happy faces) is better than a sermon. This cheerful news does bring joy to my heart and tells of health brought to the bones! For those of us who may not be able to “dig in the trenches” anymore, our role in helping serve the workers, praying for others and caring for our communities is important. May you be blessed and smiling in your area of service today!

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