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What's Happening at the Garden this Spring?
Saturday, 18 March 2017

Anathoth Community Garden & Farm
 
Brief updates (read on below for more details about each):
- HarvestShare sign-ups still open! One month till it starts! (Sign-up and info link here)
- Community workday this Sat., 9-1: Planting spring greens and potatoes
- Save the date: CSA Open House Tour Sat., March 25, 11-1!
 
- HarvestShare is a month away! By signing up (here!) for HarvestShare, you support mini-economy where everyone pitches in what they are able and receives what they need, to share the gift of good food as equals. HarvestShare helps us care for our bodies, neighbors, and our land. Join us!
- Registration link: https://goo.gl/forms/LyaVg3StBQT6aTQC3
- More detailed info on our website here.

Save the date! CSA Open House Saturday, March 25, 11-1: Come for the farm hay ride, tours of the garden and farm, and some garden storytelling and mixed in! Get to know your farmers and your farm and garden land. Stay on for a potluck meal at 1. Most of all, help us celebrate a CSA season.
+ Open to all new, returning, and still-thinking-about it HarvestShare CSA members.
+ Tour begins at 11 a.m. at the farm site (9811 North Carolina 86, Cedar Grove, NC), then finishes at the garden.
+ Tour ends at 1 p.m., but all are warmly encouraged to stay on for the weekly potluck meal.

- Orange County Food Council Forum, Thurs., March 23, 6-8 p.m
: Join the conversation and shape future decisions about food in orange county! The Orange County Food Council, nearing its one year anniversary, acts as a convener, bringing together the social and economic interests of the municipalities and the county around our local food system. The Council is hosting its next community forum on March 23, 6-8 p.m. at Binkley Baptist Church in Chapel Hill (a HarvestShare pick-up location!). The forum will bring together constituents from a broad range of groups invested in different aspects of the Orange County food system, including farming, economic development, food scarcity, healthy schools, and more. Together we will plan specific actions to address two places where these varied interests meet: food access gaps and the local food/farm economy.
 
- Leafy greens seed potatoes at this Saturday's community workday: This Sat.,  March 18. We'll plant the first round of garden spring greens, cut and plant seed potatoes, and more! Join us for the work and company any time this Saturday (March 11) from 9-1, and stay on for a potluck lunch at 1. Garden address: 3005 Lonesome Rd., Cedar Grove, NC, 27231.
Many thanks to an incredible group last week, including students from Warren Wilson College led by Anathoth "alum" Dakotah Kimbrough, who grew up in Cedar Grove. Thanks also to the volunteers from the Junior League of Durham and Orange Counties and Duke Divinity School. Along with fertilizing and mulching blueberries, and planting thousands of onions, the group even found time to weed the lush garlic bed!

A reminder: You can easily get updates about workday activities and see snapshots of life at the garden by "liking" Anathoth's Facebook page.

Peace,
Julia

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Calendar:

Community workday, Saturday, March 11:

  • We'll plant MORE onions, mulch blueberries, and cut seed potatoes for planting from 9-1, and enjoy a potluck meal at 1. All are welcome to come out at any point during those hours. Garden address: 3005 Lonesome Road, Cedar Grove, NC 27231.

Thursday, March 23: Orange County Food Council Forum, 6-8 p.m.

  • The Orange County Food Council, nearing its one year anniversary, acts as a convener, bringing together the social and economic interests of the municipalities and the county around our local food system. The Council is hosting its next community forum on March 23, 6-8 p.m. at Binkley Baptist Church in Chapel Hill. The forum will bring together constituents from a broad range of groups invested in different aspects of the Orange County food system, including farming, economic development, food scarcity, healthy schools, and more. Together we will plan specific actions to address two places where these varied interests meet: food access gaps and the local food/farm economy.

Saturday, March 25: CSA Day!

  • Open to all new, returning, and still-thinking-about it CSA members. Tour begins at 11 a.m. at the farm site (9811 North Carolina 86, Cedar Grove, NC), then finishes at the garden. Tour ends at 1 p.m., but all are warmly encouraged to stay on for the weekly potluck meal.

March-October: Weekly Saturday community days

  • Community days every Saturday 9-1, followed by a potluck meal. You are welcome to come out at any point during those hours. Garden address: 3005 Lonesome Road, Cedar Grove, NC 27231.

Farm & Garden Work:

  •     Planting spring greens!
  •     Pruning and mulching in the blueberries and blackberries
  •     Cutting seed potatoes for planting

Needs:

  •     Scissors (yes, more!)
  •     Garden hoses (always!)

Website:  http://www.anathothgarden.org

 

 
Record of our Financial Faithfullness / March 19, 2017
Saturday, 18 March 2017


2017 Church Budget:                                                              $142,700.00
          
Tithes/Offerings Needed per Week                                               2,744.23
Total tithes/offerings received  Mar. 12                                        1,495.00

Total needed to meet budget through Mar. 12                           30,186.44
Total tithes/offerings received through Mar. 12                         22,315.00

       Difference                                                                         { $7,871.44 )

Bring to the storehouse a full tenth of what you earn so there will be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the LORD All-Powerful. “I will open the windows of heaven for you and pour out all the blessings you need.”   Malachi 3:10 (NCV)
 

 
Reading of the Week / March 19, 2017
Saturday, 18 March 2017

                                       
Jesus said, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty. The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life.”                                         John 4:13-14 (NRSV)
                                    

 
Prayer Requests / Week of March 19, 2017
Saturday, 18 March 2017

LIFTING UP OUR CHURCH FAMILY IN PRAYER

Ongoing prayers:
Frank & Ruby Miller, 
Jeri Bryan,
JoAnne Wells,
Helen Black (also Joan and John),
John & Joan’s granddaughter Nicole,
Rebecca Garza,
Ridge Riley,
Scooter Kirby, 
Janie Landon,
Caroline Flint,
Phillip Dabbs,
Linda Kimbro,
Judy and Jack Lunn,
Sara Davies,
Earl Brown and family,
Kayla and Lisa Lee,
Weston Mallard,
Bess White,
Don Logner’s mother, grandmother Mary Oakley cousin Brittany and uncle Greg Riley,
Bill & Jessie Ray,
Shirley Graham,
Jimmy Griffin,
Lani Rountree,
Cody McDade, 
Bobby Efland,
Donnie Rountree,
Frances Griffin,
Stephanie Mulligan and baby Isaac,
Randy Tate,
Geoff Gledhill’s sister Denise,
Abby Schneider,
Julia Lovingood, travel mercies: Nate & Hannah, Brad & Amy, and Lillian Lovingood,
Prayerfully consider your gifts and financial support of our church’s ministry and mission for God.

Homebound or in nursing homes
Naomi Wilson at Carolina Point in Durham
 

 

 
GUIDE TO PRAYER & STUDY / Week of March 19-25, 2017
Saturday, 18 March 2017

MARCH 19: “THIEVES CRUCIFIED BESIDE JESUS”
Exodus 17:1-7; Luke 23:32-43

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Monday, March 20:  Read Mark 15:27-32.
Pilate, the Roman procurator, had said he’d free either Jesus or Barabbas, who was a violent rebel. Mark uses similar words (meaning “rebel” or “bandit”) to describe both Barabbas and the men crucified with Jesus. Some scholars believe they were Barabbas’ allies, since it appears Pilate originally planned to crucify him, not Jesus. In an armed revolt against the Romans, Barabbas killed one or more people. Many no doubt saw him as a heroic fighter. The Romans saw him as a terrorist. Who gets your vote: Barabbas, the violent insurrectionist, or Jesus, who teaches us to love one another? Pray: Lord Jesus, so often I’m worried about being “respectable.” Help me remember, after reading about you on a cross between two rebels, that often there are higher values than respectability. Amen.    

Tuesday, March 21:  Read Luke 23:32-43.
Luke’s gospel shows Jesus’ love for all who are outcast and looked down upon. Jesus’ pledge to the man being crucified who asked for a place in his kingdom shows clearly that there is grace for absolutely anyone who desires it. What an extraordinary request for that crucified man to make to Jesus! Have you ever felt (or known someone who felt) that “I’ve done too much—waited too long—I can’t turn to God now?” What does the man’s request and Jesus’ response say to that attitude? In contrast, the other man said, “Aren’t you the Messiah?” That did not express faith, as the scornful “Save yourself and us” shows. Pray: Lord Jesus, when I read about your saving love reaching a criminal on a cross next to yours, I thank you that you love people who miss the mark. That means you can love me! Remember me when you come into your kingdom, Lord. Amen.
 
Wednesday, March 22:  Read Revelation 22:1-5.
Jesus said to the repentant thief crucified beside him, “Today you will be with me in Paradise.” “Paradise” was a Persian word that referred to the king’s royal garden. Commentator William Barclay writes, “When a Persian king wished to do one of his subjects a special honor … he was chosen to walk in the garden with the king.” Picture yourself taking a walk with Jesus in a royal garden. What do you say? What does he say to you? Pray: Lord God, what an awesome promise—I can live in your eternal garden, your holy city! Help me live with hope, in the light of that lovely place. Amen.

Thursday, March 23:  Read John 3:14-21.
Near the end of his life, the apostle Paul wrote, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness” (2 Timothy 4:7-8). The man crucified with Jesus couldn’t say that, but Jesus pledges eternal life to “whoever believes” (in his conversation with Nicodemus in today’s reading). Jesus accepted the man’s faith as all the “credential” he needed, so the crucified rebel, too, had a crown of righteousness waiting for him. “Whoever” included even a crucified criminal — do you trust that “Whoever” includes you, too? Are you open to accepting newcomers to God’s Kingdom, as Jesus did? Pray: To the man dying on the cross next to yours, you said, “You will be with me.” Keep me grateful for your grace, and eager to share the good news. Amen.

Friday, March 24:  Read 1 John 5:9-13.
Jesus’ promise to the man on the cross—“you will be with me in paradise”—is for all of us, not just for that man. Methodism founder John Wesley, after a service on Aldersgate Street in London wrote, “I felt my heart strangely warmed. I felt I did trust in Christ, Christ alone for my salvation, and an assurance was given me that he had taken away my sins, even mine, and saved me from the law of sin and death.” You don’t have to wish or hope for salvation, or try hard to deserve it. It’s God’s gift, and you, like the thief on the cross, like John Wesley, like millions through the ages, can know you have it. In today’s reading, John never uses the future tense. He doesn’t say that whoever believes in the Son “will have” eternal life or can hope to “someday have” eternal life, but that that person “has” eternal life. In what ways do you want to more fully tap into the eternal life you already have as God’s gift through Christ? Pray: Lord Jesus, I accept your gift. I commit my life—my heart, my abilities and my energy—to you now and for all eternity. I look forward to being with you forever. Amen.

Saturday, March 25:
Reflect on your week’s readings, and join us for Sunday School at 9:30 a.m. and Worship at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday. In worship, God speaks to us, renews us and reminds us of who we are and Whose we are.