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.
Spring has sprung!! No matter how many late Spring snow storms descend – the SOUL Gardeners are ready for another exciting year. Our first Garden Appreciation Day (formerly known as Work Days) was held March 12. A small group was able to get the hoses out, trim the raspberry bushes, add mulch to the garden paths and do a variety of other chores.
The Annual Garden Meeting was held on February 16. It was great to see all the gardeners. Steve and Karen Sands were honored for their continual service to the SOUL Garden as Steve retired from the SOC Board. Donations from the 2015 Sunday Veg Sales totaled $ 1935.95 which has been donated to various hunger related charities in the Valley. In 2015 we had 50 plots, 43 member families which included 7 new members. We are excited to welcome five new families to the 2016 Garden – and there are still a few small plots available. See Ron Hunter or Virginia Love if you’re interested in gardening this year.
Plans for 2016 include refreshing the plantings in the Labyrinth. So plan to stop by to see how the garden progresses.
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.