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Lowell residents encouraged to ride tractors to church

Hoping to bless the agricultural community Sunday with appreciation and communion, Lowell United Methodist Church is inviting locals to ride a tractor to church Sunday.

“I’ve wanted to do something like this for a few years, but when I finally was placed in Lowell, a deeply-agricultural community, it made the most sense,” said the church’s new pastor, Don Archer, of Reno.

Archer has served the small congregation since July and hopes both members and neighbors will take part in Sunday’s out-of-the-box commute.

“We’re a small church–I’ve been going there my whole life,” said Cindy Worthington, a teacher at Lowell Elementary who knows the direct impact of farming in the small village. “My husband is a full-time farmer, and our older son has joined him in that and working in ag, well, it takes a lot of faith.”

Faith in weather, in produce prices, demand and even getting enough labor during prime harvesting and planting seasons.

“But the blessings of being in agriculture are there, too,” she added.

So to recognize the area’s faith and works within agriculture, Archer plans to focus Sunday’s worship service on the industry and invite attendees to stay for a meal and giveaways.

“This Sunday, we’ll have lunch open to everyone after the service,” he explained. “Probably 80 percent of the congregation has access to a tractor, but we hope that in addition to our members, this might encourage others to check us out.”

And for those either without access to the farm equipment or not willing to ride it into town?

“We’d encourage them to come to our farm, we’ll be pulling a hayride from our place leaving about 9:45 a.m.,” said Worthington. “I know my 11-year-old is so excited. He has his heart set on driving one of the tractors in.”

Janelle Patterson can be reached at jpatterson@mariettatimes.com.

If you go:

• What: Ride your tractor to church.

• When: Sunday morning, Sunday School begins at 9 a.m. with worship beginning at 10:15 a.m.

• Where:

• Lowell United Methodist Church, 323 Fourth St., Lowell.

• Hayride to the church from Worthington Farm leaves at 9:45 a.m. from 60 Greenlawn Lane.

Source: Lowell United Methodist Church.

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