This Week at John McMillan Presbyterian Church (May 5, 2019)

A few months ago, I visited the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. It was an amazing experience. Having been a biology major at Allegheny College, gazing at the flowers reminded me of why I found biology, botany in particular, so fascinating. Of note was the fact that the plants at Phipps were almost exclusively flowers. They are arranged in a way to show off their beauty, much like artwork in the Carnegie Museum of Art. Another way to enjoy botany is to go to a produce farm, particularly one where you can pick your own fruit or vegetables. When I was a kid, we had three apple trees and a pear tree in our back yard. We could watch the buds turn into flowers, then into fruit until it was ripe for picking and eating, which we did. Two different botanical experiences. Beauty and sustenance. And that is what God intended. Plants were intended to be “pleasant to the sight and good for food.” That is what we find in this week’s scripture reading. It is also what we will experience this Sunday, May 5, when, after the 11 o’clock service, we will plant 30 fruit trees on the church property. These trees will be both pleasant to the sight and good for food. They will join, and be next to, our vegetable garden which is also pleasant to the sight and good for food. The fruit (once the trees are mature and bear fruit)and vegetables will be harvested and distributed to local food banks so that people in need can get fresh fruit and vegetables they otherwise could not afford. It is a beautiful mission for JMPC. Come and hear about it when Pastor Jeff preaches “In the Garden” based on Genesis 2: 4b-9 at 8:30 and 11 at John McMillan Presbyterian Church. And wear your tree planning clothes!

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