from Beth's Desk....

Can too much fluid be taken from a tree that’s tapped?  As best I understand, no one knows. 

Where is the water in the tap coming from (ie, groundwater under the tree, moisture in the air from years ago, etc.)?  No one knows.


Why do maples differ from other hardwoods so that the sap contracts rather than expands when it’s cold?  Scientists know that they do (differ), but no one seems to know why.  And for sure, no one knows why, centuries ago, a Native American somewhere in the northeast, most likely, decided to taste or drink the water or sap from a maple tree and then boil it down to make it sweeter.  But they did.  And we’re glad.

            Kind of the same way with God.  Why did God make a universe and populate it with stars and planets, on at least one of which is this thing we call life?  If anyone besides God knows, they aren’t saying.  But God did.  And we’re glad.

            And maybe, just maybe, in this season of running sap and other mysteries, that’s good and good enough.

      Peace & blessings,

                       Pastor Beth



Sunday, March 3 Communion Sunday worship service @ 11.15 a.m.

Kid’s Club @ 2.30 p.m.
Confirmation @ 4.30 p.m.

Tuesday, March 5 Bible Study @ 9.30 a.m. – starting 5-week Lenten Study on Faithful Citizenship

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper in the Fellowship Hall from 5.00 - 7.00
p.m., with crafts, masks and lots of food and fun!

Wednesday, March 6 Ash Wednesday Services @ 7.30 a.m., Noon and 6.30 p.m.

Spiritual Tea @ 9.30 a.m. @ the Manse

Saturday, March 9 PW Annual Maple Festival Yard Sale from 8 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.

Spring forward – change your clocks tonight for daylight savings time

Sunday, March 10 1st Sunday of Lent service @ 11.15 a.m.

Monday, March 11 MVFDA meeting @ 6.30 p.m. & MVFD meeting @ 7.30 p.m. @ the Fire House

Tuesday, March 12 Bible Study

Wednesday, March13 Spiritual Tea @ Angelika’s

         Saturday, March 16

  PW Annual Maple Festival Yard       Sale from 8 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.

Sunday, March 17 2nd Sunday of Lent

service @ 11.15 a.m.

Kid’s Club @ 2.30 p.m.
Confirmation @ 4.30 p.m.

Tuesday, March 19 Presbyterian Women (PW) meet @ 10.00 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall

Wednesday, March 20 - Spiritual Tea

Sunday, March 24 3rd Sunday of Lent

service @ 11.15 a.m.

Tuesday, March 26 Bible Study

Wednesday, March27 Spiritual Tea

Sunday, March 31 4th Sunday of Lent

service @ 11.15 a.m.

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WHAT'S  NEW.......

PW looking for Yard Sale donations!

PW’s annual Yard Sale

(during both Saturdays

of Maple Festival)

is receiving donations.

Last year was our best year ever

thanks to all your generous support.

Bring your donations to

the Choir Room in the church.

We take anything small enough to fit in a car,

except no clothes, please

(they just don’t sell for us).

If you need someone to come get your donations, call Jean Smith or Laura LaPrade and they’ll get you sorted.







McDowell Presbyterian Church

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 McDowell Presbyterian has a handicapped-accessible rest-room, a ramp for ease of entrance from the

gravel parking lot at the rear of the  building,  and large print bulletins and devotionals. 

Come worship with us:

In MCDOWELL:  Worship Service: 11:15 a.m.