Gardeners with Hope team met in early March and decided the crops for the 2015 vegetable garden are as follows:
Spring season: broccoli, lettuce, radishes, onions, kale, collards, spinach and kohlrabi.
Spring season into the summer: carrots, beets, Swiss Chard.
Warm season, replacing the spring crops: cucumbers, tomatoes and anything to be decided later, possibly sweet potatoes.
Fall season: purple top turnips, possibly some more broccoli, Hakurei turnips. We could do spinach and lettuce, too, if there's room.
Also, we decided to grow some smaller tomatoes (grape or cherry) in straw bales outside the enclosure. Straw bale gardening is sort of a fad right now and we're going to jump on the bandwagon just to have fun trying something different!
The spacing of the rains this spring has generally kept our garden too damp to work. Our lead master gardener, Sue Hack, was hoping to be able to have a Saturday work day, but that did not happen. So on Sunday evening, April 12th, she planted four rows of onions in our garden. "White Sweet Spanish" onions. Here in central Illinois we can grow either "long day onions" or "intermediate day onions". We're growing long day onions, which means they will start the bulbing process when the hours of daylight reach 14-16 hours.
Mid week we were able to plant the rest of our spring garden. Tilling, marking our rows and planting lettuce, collards, radishes, carrots, kale, spinach, kohlrabi and beets. The Swiss chard will come later this month. Please take a short stroll down to our garden this spring and watch for this exciting crop to take hold! HOPE surely HAPPENS HERE this spring!!
Worshipping God and being together are two of the three most important reasons Hope Happens Here and has since our congregation began in 1966. From the beginning Hope happened through prayer and music, through encouraging each other, serving God actively and faithfully, following in the way of Jesus Christ, and leaning heavily upon God's Holy Spirit. We strive to be open minded, welcoming, and inclusive because that is what we feel God's presence is about among us. Hope Happens Here is not an empty slogan, but who God intends us to be inside and outside of this church building, which is the third important reason we exist: to be salt and light, and Hope wherever we go.
Peace and Grace to you.
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Hope in Action 2015 is planning another week of mission activities for congregation members to participate actively in our Springfield and surrounding community. This year's event in Springfield will be July 18-26th.
This follows the all church mission trip to Chicago, Sunday, July 12-Friday, July 17. Hope will be in action in CHICAGO with "Discovering Opportunities for Outreach and Reflection" (DOOR)-a faith based network of urban service-learning programs that expose, educate, challenge, and motivate participants to respond to the issues and concerns facing an increasingly urban world.
Join the group as we seek the face of God in the city for a week: read more about DOOR
* Volunteering at a variety of community agencies
* Staying at facilities in the city
* Participating in a network of service-learning opportunities
* Hearing a local perspective on the city
* Using public transportation
* Interacting with people of the city
* Reflecting on their experiences
Springfield Hope in Action includes working at Kemmerer Village in Assumption; praying and preparing journals for the campers at the Mom and Me Camp in Bloomington; walking to pick up litter along the Wabash Trail; meal preparation for the three homes housing foster parents and children of The James Project in Springfield; working with Habitat for Humanity building handicap ramps; volunteering at the local APL; working at Hospital Sisters in Springfield; preparing special gift and resource boxes for the teachers at Jane Addams School; preparing Sunday lunch for our friends at Sojourn Shelter and working within our own courtyard garden. Other possibilities include working at Inner City Mission; Boys and Girls Club and the Closet of The James Project. Look for more details to follow.