Festival of God's Creation

Yesterday, Thursday, brought a special celebration to the Faith Classroom. Habitat for Humanity unveiled plans for a new residential project on Davis Cove Rd. (off Country Club Dr.) The project will include eight houses, some of them possibly duplexes. There will be a playground. The vision is to establish a small, intergenerational village—a true neighborhood. Our own Patrick Bradshaw drew up the site plan.

At the conclusion of the presentation, Walton Garrett, member of First Church and a long-time supporter of Habitat, was invited forward, and Jamye Cooper, Habitat Director, announced that the new project will be named Walton Woods in Walton’s honor. Walton’s response was, “For the first time in my life, I am speechless.” And he sat down! What a wonderful tribute to a man who has been fully involved with Habitat and with each and every family that has qualified for a Habitat house. Thanks Walton, for representing the First Church family so faithfully.

But there’s more. We are in conversation with Habitat and other United Methodist Churches in Haywood County about joining together to build the first house in Walton Woods. When I was a district superintendent, all the churches in Stanly County joined together to build a house, and I know we can do it here. Maggie and Long’s Chapel are on board, and I’m confident others will join us as we extend that invitation in the coming weeks. Expect to hear lots more on this in the coming months. Laura Leatherwood, another First Church member, is chair of the Habitat board, and we have several other volunteers who work with this wonderful ministry to help hard-working, deserving people become home owners.

This Sunday we will celebrate the Festival of God’s Creation, an observance recommended by the United Methodist Church each year on the Sunday nearest Earth Day. We will hear from Genesis 2, we will look forward to Revelation 22:1-5… beginning in a garden and, in the end, returning to the garden. What is our role in creation? What is our responsibility today? What is our duty to God and to future generations regarding the natural world?

As the earth is bursting forth with life all around us, I hope you are enjoying the splendor, diversity, and magnificent scenery with which we are so blessed living in this beautiful place, in this beautiful season, on this beautiful planet! What gifts we enjoy!

See you Sunday…with a friend!


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