Jesus told us he would be present to us in bread.
He taught us to pray for our daily bread.
What does that mean to us today?
Most of us have never grown or milled wheat.
We’ve never made or eaten communion bread from wheat we’ve planted.
This fall, in western Michigan, that’s about to change.
Join us for a special weekend of hands-on exploration.
September 23-24, 2017 we will host the Rev. Elizabeth DeRuff, agrarian ministry leader from California. She will lead us as we plant, pray, and learn to kick off our partnership with Honore Farm & Mill.
We are excited and honored to be the second state for this ministry in the nation.
Schedule of events:
Saturday, September 23: Community Wheat Planting
Be part of our Community Planting Day of heirloom, organic wheat. Learn the history, nutritional value and agricultural principles of these grains. Next Summer the wheat will be milled and distributed to participating congregations and non-profits. All ages welcome.
Time: 10:00 am-1:30pm, lunch provided
Location: Plainsong Farm, 6677 12 Mile Rd NE, Rockford, MI 49341
Registration is required so we can ensure everyone eats lunch! Click here to register.
Sunday, September 24: Worship & Teaching
The Rev. DeRuff will preach at Holy Spirit Episcopal Church.
Time: 10:00 am
Location: Holy Spirit Episcopal Church, 1200 Post Road (at Pine Island near the 131 exit), Belmont MI 49306
Freewill offerings received; no registration needed.
Sunday, September 24: Farm to Altar Table Workshop
This workshop makes the connection between the bread on the altar table to what arises from the soil; linking farmers, farm practices and food-production practices to the communion bread we eat. We’ll move from the personal and practical to the communal and spiritual. Personally and practically speaking we’ll learn about landrace and modern wheats, their nutrition value and why the staff of life is making some people sick (gluten issues). Communally and spiritually we’ll look at the impact of farming conventional wheat on the environment and some of the social and historical relationships between agriculture and the church. Spiritually, we’ll discuss why Jesus asked us to remember him by sharing bread and what does that mean for our lives?
Time: 2:00pm – 3:30pm
Location: Dominican Center at Marywood, 2025 Fulton St E, Grand Rapids MI 49503
Cost: Freewill offerings received.
Hosted by the Food & Faith Collaborative: Plainsong Farm, Access of West Michigan, Dominican Center
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