Worshipping at the Fair


Fallowfield United Methodist Church bakers met on August 7 to make pies for the upcoming Crawford County Fair. They made 66 strawberry-rhubarb, 22 rhubarb, and 138 crusts. These will be frozen and baked during fair week, which is August 19 through 26.

Fallowfield’s bakers met again on August 11 to peel and slice eight bushels of peaches. Once sugar, flour, and salt were mixed in, the filling went directly into pie shells. These pies will be frozen and baked during fair week. Peach is one of our most popular pies. It seems whenever someone’s favorite pie is sold out, they order peach.

It’s always exciting to get together to make pies for the fair. This mission project defines Fallowfield, in my opinion. It unifies us as a mission-minded church.

Now, I’m not implying we’re so pious or that we have it all together. Not at all. What I mean is, all the hard work we invest in making and selling homemade pies, as well as sandwiches, fries, and drinks at the fairgrounds is what makes Fallowfield different. I’m so blessed to have a role in this project.

The way our friends and neighbors help us out at pie bakes and at the fair booth year after year never ceases to humble and encourage me. We could never pull it off without these wonderful, servant-hearted people.

A word of warning: the birds ate most of the elderberries this year. We typically forage for these or gratefully receive donations. Unless we find a lot of elderberries in the next week, we may not have elderberry pie after August 22. This is a prediction, not a fact, but I want you to be aware of it. If you love elderberry pie, get there on August 19, 21, or 22. (We’re closed Sunday, the 20th.)

Did you know that For King & Country is performing at the fair on August 23? They are a Christian band who won the 2017 K-LOVE fan awards as artist of the year, group or duo of the year, and song of the year, for “Priceless.” They also won two Grammys in 2015. These guys have had several chart-topping hits, such as “Shoulders,” and “Fix My Eyes.”

Building 429 and Jordan Feliz will perform that night, too. Building 429 really wowed last year’s audience, and I’m glad they’re returning for another concert. In case you’re not familiar with this band, Building 429’s hits include “Unashamed,” and “We Won’t Be Shaken.” Two of Jordan Feliz’s hits are “The River,” and “Beloved.”

I’m so thankful the fair board invited Christian bands to the fair again. Last year’s Casting Crowns and Building 429 concert was amazing. While pouring coffee at our fair booth that night, I recognized the presence of the Holy Spirit.

I was waiting tables, something I’m not accustomed to, so I didn’t exactly enjoy the full concert experience. But the audience and the musicians were truly worshipping. In the 31 years I’ve been involved with the fair project, this was the first time I’ve really experienced the Holy Sprit’s presence at the fair. I’m sure He will be present during the For King & Country, Building 429, and Jordan Feliz concert, too.

Bakers will be at Fallowfield United Methodist Church by 4 a.m. this Saturday. Please keep us in your prayers this and next week. Thanks.

Have a wonderful week. Blessings!