Wind and fire.Like Christmas and Easter, Pentecost is both a Sunday and a season.

Pentecost Sunday is the church’s official birthday, a commemoration of the moment when the gathered apostles received the gift of the Holy Spirit and went forth proclaiming the Good News of Jesus’s resurrection. We celebrate with bright colors and sometimes a birthday cake.

The Pentecost season, represented by the color green, is the longest in the church year, lasting from Pentecost Sunday in May or June all the way to the beginning of Advent in late November or early December.

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This is the day we all skip church and go on a picnic. Actually, we take church to the picnic. We gather at Fowler Park for the 10 a.m. service, Sunday school awards, then lots of fried chicken, hot dogs, and potluck. The lake is beautiful, there are swings nearby, someone usually brings a badminton net or water balloons. Don’t miss it. For directions to the park, click here.

Salvation Army Back to School Drive (August)

In August, parishioners donate school supplies and help staff the application process for this program, program, which provides school supplies to help children get their school year off to a positive start.

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pumpkin fest 2012 snack mixPumpkin Festival (September)

This favorite fall fundraiser offers autumn crafts, pumpkin-based goodies, and—if all goes well—actual pumpkins for sale in our beautiful garden. Our first Pumpkin Festival was a big success even though drought killed off our pumpkins. We look forward to many more festivals.


Salvation Army Holiday Intake (November)

Parishioners donate time to process applications for Christmas food baskets and Toys for Tots. The perfect preparation for Advent, Christmas . . . and the year starts over.