Cottonwood loves to share its land with the community. Presently there are over 50 garden plots in the Soul Garden as well as a prayer labyrinth, picnic areas, walking paths, honey bees. All are welcome to apply for a plot of land and join in the gift of working the ground and sharing in its bounty and goodness. We invite you to become Soul Gardeners!
Latest information about the SOUL Garden.
S.O.U.L. GARDEN (STEWARDSHIP ON URBAN LAND)
Fall is such a special time in the SOUL Garden. Harvesting the last of the produce –tomatoes and of course, zucchini, beets for roasting, honey from the hives in the garden and pumpkins for soup and pies….yum! Get all the vegetables you need Sunday mornings starting at 10:00 a.m. There’s a real bounty to choose from and remember all the proceeds go to local charities.
Woodstock School was awarded the September Gardner of the Month Award for both of their plots. The awards were given at the first Fall Field Trip on September 10. The kids did a great job this year – their gardens are overflowing. School classes visited their gardens to harvest produce throughout September. They have really enjoyed learning how vegetables grow.
Harvest Festival is Saturday, October 11th at 5:30 p.m. Hay rides, pumpkin decorating, face painting and a whole lot more. Bring your kids and grandkids! See you there!
We’ve added a new compost area to be used for vines, weeds, cornstalks etc., which cannot be used in the other compost pile.
There are two more workdays, Saturday of October 11th and
SOUL LABYRINTH – Jeremiah 6:16 – “Thus says the Lord: Stand at the crossroads, and look, and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way lies; and walk in it, and find rest for your souls.”
The garden behind the church has been enhanced with a prayer path called a Labyrinth. Unlike a maze, which has many paths and dead ends, a labyrinth has only one path leading from the outside to the center and back out again. The way in is finding awareness of the presence of God as we go through interior reality, past confusion and chaos of the daily word. Reaching the center, we find wholeness, completion through Christ, which is the heart and center of Christian life. Finally, the labyrinth offers a way out, a path of renewal as we come back into the world to continue our life’s work.
The labyrinth is meant to be walked pensively and prayerfully, in the spirit of guidance, peace, transformation, connection, inspiration, and hope.
Reprinted from the Courier August 2007. Thanks to several former members as well as Felicia Graves, George Katz, Nadine Geist McAlister, Janet Lake and Kelsey Schwab who helped with the construction.