McDowell Presbyterian Church




Candle-melting heat invaded the Highlands this summer and it has been wiltingly, swelteringly, haltingly hot. (Did I mention it was hot?)

In parts of the world where heat is a common-place, they know some things and we can learn from their example – the best, I think, is the siesta, the nap taken in the heat of the day.

The idea is a simple one, really: adjust your activity to the reality of your circumstances. In the good old US of A, we tend to want to adjust our circumstances to the reality of our activities. For some reason, we want to work in the afternoon, so we create air-conditioning to make it possible in hotter climes.

We want tomatoes year-round (can anyone explain to me why? Especially given how hot-house tomatoes tend to taste?). So we grow them – year round. In houses we make for that purpose.

We seem to think we can bend the world itself to our will. And sometimes, it would seem, we can. But never without cost. To the earth. To ourselves.

Which brings us back to the siesta. What if we thought of it as a mini-sabbath? As the chance to simply stop and reflect in quiet rest upon the things of God?

Thus understood, we might be on to something. Rest, too, is a thing of God. And hot afternoons bid our resting selves welcome. So give yourself permission to take it a little slower. Shoot, you might even take a holy nap.

Peace out,

Pastor Beth


 Sun Aug 7 - Communion Worship      Service at 11.15 a.m.

 Tues Aug 9  -No Bible Study

 Sun Aug 14 - Worship

 Tues Aug 16 - Presbyterian Women (PW) meets in Fellowship Hall at 10 a.m.

 Sun Aug 21 - Worship
 Session meets following worship

 Tues Aug 23 - Bible Study at 9.30 a.m. at the  Manse

 Sat Aug 27 - Presbytery Meeting

 Sun Aug 28 - Worship

 Tues Aug 30  - Bible Study

 Weds Aug 31 -

Highland County Fair begins


 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:


    Church School: 10:00 a.m.

    Worship Service: 11:15 a.m. 

PLEASE NOTE:worship at  the Headwaters Chapel has been suspended.



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