Garden Ministry SODBITS March 2014

The recent "warm spell" is a good sign that Spring will soon be here and the 13th season of our Garden Ministry will be underway. As noted before, the Ministry is dropping the Mt. Joy and Crossroads plots and the Grace plot just north of 53rd Street on Eastern (behind the parking lot of the Grace Evangelical Free Church) will be expanded.

For those members who would like to get involved in our Garden Ministry this year, a sign-up sheet will soon be on a table in the West Narthex on which to provide your name, phone number, and email address. I will add your email address to the email listing that I use in sending out notices announcing gardening times.

I encourage members to get involved in this outreach Ministry of our Church that is touching the lives of thousands in the community. As the old saying goes, "many hands make light work".

We recently received the following thank-you note from Sister Ruth E., one of the Café on Vine meal site coordinators. Her comments reflect the positive impact that our Ministry is having on the less fortunate in our community.

"Dear friends at Asbury United Methodist Church,

This is a special word of gratitude for all you have done for us with your Garden Ministry. I don't think we've thanked you often enough for all the good food. Each day this winter we probably use something of what you grew and we have stored frozen. I want to let you know we think of you fondly and gratefully all winter long!

We have been blessed in many, many ways and we remain touched by the pain of those less fortunate. Now, in the depth of winter, the cold causes our guests worry and concern, they appear rushed even though many have no place to go, and their anxiety is evident. Also, even though driving can be difficult in ice and snow, walking is a whole lot worse. We can do only a little to help but we try to serve an abundance of comfort foods, hot soup, and a warm smile. Please keep our guests in prayer.

God bless you. May the New Year be a time of peace and joy in your hearts."

May God continue to bless our Garden Ministry as it enters its 13th year!

Garden Ministry SODBITS: April 2013

The Asbury Garden Ministry will soon start its 12th season. Over the past 11 years, it has touched the lives of thousands in our local community as over 250,000 lbs. of fresh vegetables have been distributed to food pantries, home shelters, and meal sites (Salvation Army, Cafe on Vine, and King's Harvest). The Ministry is answering God's call stated in Isaiah 58:10 "Feed my hungry."

The following three garden plots will be gardened this year:

  • Grace plot; a .7 acre plot donated for our use by the Grace Evangelical Free Church. It is located just north of 53rd Street on Eastern Avenue behind the church's parking lot. Gardening at this site will be coordinated by myself and Chuck Stanger, a fellow member of the QC Morning Optimist Club.
  • Mt. Joy plot; a .5 acre plot (size reduced from last year) donated for our use by the QC Testing Laboratory. It is located just off of the Mt. Joy exit of Highway 61; just northwest of the River Valley Turf Implement dealership (21112 Scott Park Road) and across the highway from the BSA soccer fields. I will coordinate the gardening at this site.
  • Crossroads plot; a .2 acre plot donated for our use by the Crossroads Baptist Church. It is located by the Crossroads Church and across the highway from the Mt. Joy plot. Bob Christoffersen will coordinate the gardening at this site.

Weekly core gardening times will be scheduled at the Grace and Mt. Joy plots and announced in the church bulletin the Sunday before. For example, if core gardening times are set for 5 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday of a given week, these times will be stated in the preceding Sunday's bulletin. As we know, gardening is dependent on the weather.

Sodbits -March 2011

Last week's warm weather certainly elicited thoughts about gardening. It should be a very exciting gardening season for the Garden Ministry as it enters its 10th year. With cooperative weather, a harvest total of 35,000 lbs. is well within reason. With the new garden area provided by the Crossroads Baptist Church (located right across the highway from our Mt. Joy plot), we will be gardening about 1 1/2 acres this season.

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