Community Garden Update – March, 2018

Monday, March 5th, 40 students from South Edgecombe and Carver helped plant cabbage, broccoli, potatoes, onions, kale, turnips, mixed salad, blueberry and blackberry bushes. The first planting of 2018 was a great success. Please ride by the garden, watch it grow and feel free to stop and pull a weed or two whenever you have time. In eight to twelve weeks, we hope to have some fresh veggies for everyone to pick, to enjoy and to share.

The community garden is partnering with Down East Partnership for Children and Carver Elementary to sponsor a Community Gardening Event at Carver School two Saturday mornings in June (June 9 & June 16). The event will target grades K-3 children and parent(s)/guardian(s) and will focus on Gardening, Literacy, and Nutrition. This event will require an application which will be distributed to students and families after Spring Break. More information will follow.

We will plan a second planting for summer vegetables mid-April.

The  next meeting of the Garden Committee will be at Pinetops Presbyterian Church April 9 at 6:00.

 

First Spring Planting of the Pinetops Community Garden

The first Spring planting of the Pinetops community garden will be Monday, March 5, 2018 at 8:00 am.  The rain date is set for Tuesday, March 7.  Students from Carver Elementary, South Edgecombe Middle and SouthWest Edgecombe High School will help plant the garden.  Church and community members are invited to join the students in the preparation and planting of the garden.

October 29

Today is Reverend Caroline Berardi’s last Sunday with our congregation.  We will enjoy a covered dish lunch after our worship service in honor and appreciation of Caroline’s time with us.

Home grown Zinnias are placed in church today in honor of Reverend Berardi for her inspiration and work with the Pinetops Community Garden.  Caroline’s passion for community mission work inspired us to reach out and become active and visible in our own community.  Her enthusiasm and support helped create an ongoing outreach project for PPC which will continue to positively impact the children and adults in the Pinetops area.  We will never forget the seeds of leadership and love Caroline scattered among the members of our congregation and beyond to help the garden project grow and become a reality.

 

October 8

3 Announcements regarding upcoming events:
  • Tonight, Chris Berardi will speak for our Sunday Night Live.  Please join us at 6:15 for supper and 7:00 for a program.
  • Franklin Graham said, Every shoebox gift is a tangible expression of God’s love that brings joy and the Good News of Jesus Christ to a child in need.  It is that time again!  Please begin filling your shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child.  This year, we are asked not to include toothpaste or candy.  Brochures and information are available for your use when preparing for this mission project.  We will begin collecting shoeboxes at our church Sunday, October 29 through Sunday, November 5.  Please bring your shoebox gifts to the Fellowship Hall or to the church office.  Thanks for your participation.
  • The NC Symphony will perform in Tarboro at ECC December 6 for its annual Holiday Pops Concert.  Tickets are $25.00 for Adults and $10.00 for Students.  Please see Ann Warren if you are interested in purchasing tickets.

Sermon Synopsis: Sunday, August 13

“Displaced” by Rev. Caroline East Berardi

Scripture: Psalm 121, @ Cor. 4 and 5, selected

 Last Wednesday, we were surprised to find that what we thought was a delayed maintenance issue with our walls, was far more serious.  Our sanctuary was declared unfit for use.  Decisions must be made for our small, rural, deeply faithful church.

 We could say ‘it is just a building,’ but we know it is more than that.  While we are thankful to have a fellowship hall we can use for worship, the sanctuary is God’s house, and our home.  It is where many of us have been married, baptized our children, attended the funerals of loved ones and sung God’s praises for year after year.  It was given to us as a hard-won inheritance from parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents in the faith who sacrificed so that we might worship God in such a space.

 Nevertheless, we remain hopeful, trusting in the God who created us, redeems us, and sustains us.  We will continue in our ministries, mission and programs.  We recognize that God’s people have often been transient- Jesus, after all, was born in a barn!  In anxious times, we hold on to the truth of the Psalm, “From where will my help come?  My help comes from the Lord who made heaven and earth.”

August 15 Cooking Class

Edgecombe Community College will offer a class focusing on cooking garden-fresh vegetables which are being grown in the Pinetops Community Garden.  Mr. Joe White, chef and caterer of Myrtle Grove Catering will be the instructor.  The class will be held Tuesday August 15 from 6-8 pm at Pinetops Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall.  The cost for the class is $35.  To register, contact: Ann Warren, 908-1240, Kathy Webb, 813-4697, or Gwen Hyman, hymang@edgecombe.edu.