We can Help Grow Gardens and Young People through our Pentecost Offering
“God from my youth you have taught me, and I still proclaim your wondrous deeds”-Psalm 71:17
Each year on Pentecost Sunday (June 9, 2019), we celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit and the birthday of the church through a special offering which is dedicated to supporting youth in our community and throughout the world.
This year, the Faith Mission Team encourages our congregation to support Lawrence Community Gardens at 46th and Post Road. This 3-year old community garden initiative has 2 acres of farmable land donated by land owner Monarch Beverage Company. Lawrence Community Gardens founder Sharrona Moore was searching for a place in a Lawrence food desert where she could provide the community with free access to fresh food and where she could engage local young people throughout the summer.
Her youth program is called Next Generation Farmers Youth Program. Her gardens provide kids ages 12-15 with food for their stomachs, a place to learn, and a healthy place to work and congregate. According to Moore, many young, urban kids don’t really know where food comes from other than the grocery store.
This summer about 50 young people will help plant, nurture, and harvest fruits and vegetables. They will display it at the garden farm stand, and according to Ms. Moore, they will learn what it is like to be a small business owner. Each student will earn a $250 summer stipend which is how Faith‘s donation will be used. In an email to the Mission Team, Ms. Moore wrote ” The program specifically addresses these needs in the community: decreased youth related crimes, increased physical activity, increased consumption of fruits, vegetables and water, increased youth employment….and increased respect and love for the community and environment.”
Our own Master Gardener Annette Roddy visited Lawrence Community Garden and reported back to the Mission Team that she was impressed with the program, which is a 501c3 organization. Along with the produce gardens, Annette said a bee keeper is attending to two hives that produce honey and six chickens that produce eggs.
Please consider a generous Pentecost offering. 40% will go to this program and 60% to Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) for other significant youth and young adult programming around the world.