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Oct 04

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Local congregations sow seeds of hope

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Wesley United Methodist Church, Newgate Mission, Greggton United Methodist Church, First Gladewater United Methodist Church,
Longview Community Garden Network, and the Friends of the South Longview Community working at their community garden. Photo by Joycelyne Fadojutimi

Wesley United Methodist Church, Greggton United Methodist Church, First Gladewater United Methodist Church, Newgate Mission, Longview Community Garden Network, and the Friends of the South Longview Community have come together to bless and work the land for our Lord.

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Rev. Wall and Rev. Laurinec – Photo by Joycelyne Fadojutimi

Wesley-McCabe Pastor Virginia Wall, expressed thanks and gratitude to all who attended, and then turned over the blessing of the land to Reverend Jennene Laurinec, the executive director of Newgate Mission. Laurinec is well versed in both blessing the land and collecting its bounty. Newgate Mission maintains a community garden. Even now that autumn has arrived it is still producing okra.

Those who showed up made it a Saturday of blessed toil. This new plot will be a fruit of the spirit garden based on the passage of Galatians 5:22. Besides produce, it will yield love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Wall hopes the garden will also bring out the best in local residents, and make a positive statement to the community.

“We want you to know we are reaching out to you,” she said. Local churches are staying busy making Longview a better place for all of us. With October being Pastor Appreciation Month stay tuned for more news on Reverend Wall, her congregation and mission.

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