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What a summer! Between the long Spring, the flooded fields, the sudden heat of the summer, animal shortages, and illness, we have watched God move in every single moment. God is faithful, and He reminds us of His faithfulness is all things. Since May, on the last Friday of each month, we host a Church Service on the Farm, called (and hopefully its not a surprise to anybody) Church on the Farm.
Church on the Farm is a non-denominational worship service where we fellowship with one another, sing fun church camp songs, roast s’mores, play games, and hear a message of hope in Christ Jesus. While the other aspects of this Farm Ministry are very crucial and wonderful to be a part of, Church on the Farm remains our most favorite part of the ministry.
The theme for each of the messages from Church on the Farm can be summed with Isaiah 41:10. In this passage, God speaks to us and tells us to not fear that He will uphold us and strengthen us. Many of those that have come to Farm Day have testified to God’s faithfulness. Others that have come were enduring tragedy and hardship and needed to hear and be reminded that God upholds us with His righteous right hand. That He loves us so much that He sent His Son to die for us that we might have life and have it abundantly.
Officially, Church on the Farm runs from May through September. Meaning that this Friday is the last Church on the Farm for the season. I encourage you, come on out for some Merrywhether Farm Fun, food, fellowship, and time with Jesus.
The doors open at 7PM and we hope to see you all you here. On the last Church on the Farm of the season, we will be having a special service with communion. By all means, please come on out for a special night on the Farm.
Our last Farm day was almost three weeks ago. It was a great time! The pictures below are from the August 10th Farm Day. Trinity Lutheran helped us host the day and Outpost Church as well as the Arthur Lesow Community Center were our guests on the Farm. We preached the salvation message, had a great meal, enjoyed the animals, played games, and enjoyed fellowship with one another.
Since Farm day, the truth of God’s word has become even more evident. In the days after Farm Day, I found myself in the hospital with very sudden weakness. After a number of tests (and days), I was diagnosed with viral meningitis. For those that don’t know what that is, it means that I had an infection in my brain and spinal fluid. The effects can be serious and life threatening. While I had a mild case, the illness caused significant and lingering weakness. I am home now resting. The doctors expect me to fully recover, however, the process could take upwards of two or more months. In this time of my weakness, I have been reminded of 2 Corinthians 12:9-10. In my weakness, God’s power is made perfect.
2 Corinthians 12:9-10 (ESV)- 9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
Because of my illness, I have been able to watch as God has moved in the Farm, in our Church, in our volunteers, and in our neighbors. Case in point is our hay situation. God worked through our neighbors to bring in our hay. God added to the hay in the fields to ensure that there will be enough for the winter ahead. On the one day in the year that I needed to be physically able, I could barely walk. So, on that day, God sent 28 people to the Farm. They threw hay, mucked stalls, and generally encouraged us in my illness. Because I was weak, God was able show His love for us in this way.
All we can say is that God is good. Amen.
For the July Farm Day, we were blessed to be able to host Family House from Toledo. Family House is an intact family homeless shelter. Ida United Methodist joined us, alongside several other volunteers, to help us serve this wonderful group of people. What an experience! We were able to show the love of Jesus Christ throughout the day; from a hearty meal, to games, a petting farm, and being able to pray for and encourage several families. Thank you to everyone that made Farm Day a success!
The June Farm day was a huge hit. From the amazing meal provided by Toledo Lighthouse Church, to the crafts and homemade ice cream, the petting farm, and the sack races, we all had a great time. Oaks of Righteousness, a homeless shelter from Monroe MI, can out for us to bless and encourage them. We served 96 people here at the Farm and all were blessed with abundant food, fellowship, fun, and time with Jesus.
The message centered around Isaiah 1:18. Baa-bet the sheep, and her wool, helped us to teach the children about the Jesus. It was very cool.
“18 “Come now, let us reason[a] together, says the Lord:
though your sins are like scarlet,
they shall be as white as snow;
though they are red like crimson,
they shall become like wool.” (ESV)
This past May 11th was the first Farm Day of the 2019 season and it was awesome! Citylight Church hosted the meal and came out to serve while Joshua Generation Church came out as our guests. We had homemade ice cream, t-shirt crafts (among other crafts) for the kids, bread to hand out donated by Erie bread company, and of course meat, eggs, and honey from the farm for our guests.
107 people were served, with a child giving his life to Jesus. It was an amazing Farm Day! Thank you to all of the folks that made it a success. We could not have done it without all of the people that have sown into this ministry with their time, talent, and treasure. Thank you.
Here are some of the pictures from the May 11th Farm Day.
The next farm day is June 8th. If you can’t wait till then, go on ahead and come out to Church on the farm on May 31st at 7PM!
We are about 5 days away from the first Farm Day of the season and we couldn’t be more excited. Our volunteers, our partner churches, and the farm animals have been super busy getting ready for May 11th.
Farm Day is about ordinary people, using an ordinary Farm, to do extra-ordinary things for the Kingdom of God. Farm Day is a day of divine appointments, of fun, encouragement, fellowship, and Jesus. So, come on out for some Farm Fun…Merrywhether Style.
May 11th, 2019
11:00 AM-2:00 PM
13604 Minx Rd, Ida MI
Last week, we were blessed with two little dairy heifers. They are both pretty young and will need to be trained to be part of the petting farm. Neither one of them is weaned, so that means a lot of 5AM and 5PM feedings for the next several weeks. The little brown cow with the little white spot on her forehead is Buttercup and the little brown cow with the large white spot on her forehead is Daisy chain. The first Farm Day of the season is a little less than 4 weeks away and these two have a lot to learn before they can make their Farm Day debut. We are praying that they will be ready. Speaking of Farm Day, come on out! We would love to have you on the Farm! It’s May 11th, from 11 AM – 2PM. The Farm Address and Information are at the bottom of this post. We hope to see you here!