Centerport United Methodist Church
            The Pastors' messages comes from the October issue of our monthly church newsletter - The Focus.

Gardening News

 

We all know how important the Earth is. We have been blessed with such a beautiful gift. Just look around at the colors beginning to show on the trees, the signs of harvest and fall everywhere. Gina’s favorite time of year is now through the holidays!!!

 

Jesus also talked so much about the Earth and the bounty we receive from it. Many of his parables and teachings deal with food, farming, and family. And with World Communion Sunday coming on October 4th, what a perfect time to think of the season, to give God thanks for the knowledge and gifts of planting, watering, sowing, and reaping. This time of year, many in our congregation will be closing up their gardens for the winter. But gardening can continue all throughout the year.

 

In fact, we have been blessed to have Conner Pangia join us in ministry. Conner contacted us and met with our Trustees Team in late September. He envisioned adding a garden to the strip of land on the North side of the North parking lot (along the row of fences by our neighbors). This little-used strip of land is now a garden bed. Conner has already spread the compost and soon, he will be planting a fall crop to be harvested later this season. We will be sharing some with the HACO Food Pantry to provide fresh vegetables for families in need. The rest will be available for sale to the local community. This is a great way for our church to continue to connect with and provide for our community in new ways. Conner will be caring for the garden on a year-round basis. We look forward to joining him as we celebrate this new ministry.

 

I received an article from Joan Merritt from “The Village Letter” of Yorktown, NY several years ago that also helps us on a spiritually with the idea of year-round gardening. Within that particular newsletter, there was an article from the Federated Garden Club of NYS that tells us to:

 

“Plant three rows of peas:

1. Peace of Mind, 2. Peace of heart & 3. Peace of soul.

 

Plant four rows of squash:

1. Squash gossip, 2. Squash indifference, 3. Squash grumbling & 4. Squash selfishness.

 

Plant four rows of lettuce:

1. Let us be faithful, 2. Let us be kind, 3. Let us be patient & 4. Let us really love one another.

 

No garden is without turnips:

1. Turn up for service, 2. Turn up to help one another & 3. Turn up for commitments.

 

To conclude, your garden must have thyme:

1.Time for God, 2. Time for each other, 3. Time for family & Time for friends.

 

Water freely with patience and cultivate with love.”

 

Now that is a beautiful way to look at the garden in us. With God’s help, we will have a wonderful harvest!!! 


Thank you, Joan, for sharing!


Happy Gardening!

 


Pastor Roy

SOCIAL JUSTICE - SO, WHAT CAN I DO?

 

 

Continue the dialogue. For now, one thing you can do is share your thoughts and feelings about what is happening. Talk to your family, your neighbors, fellow church members, and friends about what is going on in our society. What does Scripture say? What is our call?

 

 

You can learn more. A few resources are listed here: http://www.racialequitytools.org/resourcefiles/ERASE_Racism-long-island-district-facts.pdf.

 

 

https://msw.usc.edu/mswusc-blog/diversity-workshop-guide-to-discussing-identity-power-and-privilege/.

 

 

McIntosh, Peggy. “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack.” Independent School 49, no. 2 (1990): 31-35. https://www.racialequitytools.org/resourcefiles/mcintosh.pdf

 

 

3 ½ Minutes 10 Bullets, Marc Silver, dir. (2015). http://www.takepart.com/three-and-a-half -minutes-ten-bullets.

 

 

http://www.indigenouspeople.net/blackwht.htm.

 

 

Glaude Jr., Eddie J. Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul. New York: Crown Publishing Group, 2016.

 

 

O’Neil, Cathy, Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy. New York: Crown Publishers, 2016.

 

 

Wilson-Hartgrove, Jonathon. Reconstructing the Gospel: Finding Freedom from Slaveholder Religion. Westmont, IL: Inter-Varsity Press, 2018.

 

 

Join our efforts to eradicate racism. Our church is working to join groups and find more resources in our community to continue the efforts to listen, learn, connect, and take action. Stay tuned for more information to come.

 


Continue the dialogue. For now, one thing you can do is share your thoughts and feelings about what is
happening. Talk to your family, your neighbors, fellow church members, and friends about what is going on in
our society. What does Scripture say? What is our call?
You can learn more. A few resources are listed here:
http://www.racialequitytools.org/resourcefiles/ERASE_Racism-long-island-district-facts.pdf.
https://msw.usc.edu/mswusc-blog/diversity-workshop-guide-to-discussing-identity-power-and-
privilege/.
McIntosh, Peggy. “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack.” Independent
School 49, no. 2 (1990): 31-35.
https://www.racialequitytools.org/resourcefiles/mcintosh.pdf
3 1⁄2 Minutes 10 Bullets, Marc Silver, dir. (2015). http://www.takepart.com/three-and-a-half-minutes-
ten-bullets.
http://www.indigenouspeople.net/blackwht.htm.
Glaude Jr., Eddie J. Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul. New York: Crown
Publishing Group, 2016.
O’Neil, Cathy, Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality
and Threatens Democracy. New York: Crown Publishers, 2016.
Wilson-Hartgrove, Jonathon. Reconstructing the Gospel: Finding Freedom from Slaveholder Religion.
Westmont, IL: Inter-Varsity Press, 2018.
Join our efforts to eradicate racism. Our church is working to join groups and find more resources in our
SO, WHAT CAN I DO?
Continue the dialogue. For now, one thing you can do is share your thoughts and feelings about what is
happening. Talk to your family, your neighbors, fellow church members, and friends about what is going on in
our society. What does Scripture say? What is our call?
You can learn more. A few resources are listed here:
http://www.racialequitytools.org/resourcefiles/ERASE_Racism-long-island-district-facts.pdf.
https://msw.usc.edu/mswusc-blog/diversity-workshop-guide-to-discussing-identity-power-and-
privilege/.
McIntosh, Peggy. “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack.” Independent
School 49, no. 2 (1990): 31-35.
https://www.racialequitytools.org/resourcefiles/mcintosh.pdf
3 1⁄2 Minutes 10 Bullets, Marc Silver, dir. (2015). http://www.takepart.com/three-and-a-half-minutes-
ten-bullets.
http://www.indigenouspeople.net/blackwht.htm.
Glaude Jr., Eddie J. Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul. New York: Crown
Publishing Group, 2016.
O’Neil, Cathy, Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality
and Threatens Democracy. New York: Crown Publishers, 2016.
Wilson-Hartgrove, Jonathon. Reconstructing the Gospel: Finding Freedom from Slaveholder Religion.
Westmont, IL: Inter-Varsity Press, 2018.
Join our efforts to eradicate racism. Our church is working to join groups and find more resources in our
community to continue the efforts to listen, learn, connect, and take action. Stay tuned for more information
to come