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.
September in the garden is always busy – harvesting and planting fall crops.
The Sunday Sale table is full of fresh greens, beets, peppers, tomatoes and of course
zucchini. Time to get the zucchini bread recipes out and freeze some delights for the
Mark your calendars for the Harvest Festival to be held on Saturday,
October 11. It will be a full moon so plan to come and enjoy our end of year festival. All
kids (and their parents) are invited so plan to join us and Woodstock Elementary School
for a night of pumpkin decorating (our own pumpkins), treats, hay rides, face painting and
August's Gardeners of the Month are Paulina Gudgell (Plot 22) and Steve
Ault (Plot 50). Take a walking tour of the garden and you'll see the "Golden Shovel"
awards on their plots. Congratulations Paulina and Steve!
Our next workday is September 13. As always, lunch will be served.
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.