This Saturday, September 7, we will host our annual festival at 4:00 p.m. This year the festivities will center around that beloved harvest fruit: apples!

Brought to our shores by the early 1600s, apples have been a vibrant part of our nation’s history from the very beginning. They come in over 7,500 varieties around the world. And they can be cooked in countless ways or be enjoyed fresh from the tree.

This year, we have been blessed to have the opportunity to combine our annual fruit festival with the beginning of our new program year at FPC. Sunday school begins on Sunday morning and JAM (Jesus and Me) begins on Wednesday evening.

Speaking of which, here’s a quick lesson for you: though we have been taught for generations that it was an apple tree from which our progenitors ate in the Garden of Eden, scholars now believe it was actually a pomegranate. Apples were not native to the Fertile Crescent region. However, the word for apple in Latin, mala, is oddly close to the word for evil, malus. So we can blame the translators’ bad joke for this centuries-old misunderstanding.

So, as you can see, there is no reason you should not come celebrate as we get this new year going!

Because our theme this year is “First Welcoming All”, we are asking every single member of FPC to invite someone to our Apple Festival (which is free) this Saturday. We will have supper, games for children of all ages, and special music by our very own Raining Blue. We hope that all of our members will bring their favorite apple dessert to share.

There will food, fellowship and fun – so the more the merrier!

We hope to see everyone Saturday afternoon and in the days that follow as we kick-off all the incredible things we will do together this year. God goes with us, before us and behind us, and wherever we go, God is already there.

Blessings, Janie

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