Please consider attending a Church Work Day on Saturday, May 7 from 10am to 4pm with a break for lunch. We will tackle the flower garden, the beds, and the yard around the church house and the lodge. Bring your bagged lunch, work gloves if you have some, pruning shears, rakes, and carts for disposing of rubbish. Springtime is a good time to spruce up our place.
The modern American holiday of Mother’s Day was first celebrated in 1908, when Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother at St Andrew’s Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia, which now holds the International Mother’s Day Shrine. Her campaign to make Mother’s Day a recognized holiday in the United States began in 1905, the year her mother, Ann Reeves Jarvis, died. Ann Jarvis had been a peace activist who cared for wounded soldiers on both sides of the American Civil War, and created Mother’s Day Work Clubs to address public health issues. Anna Jarvis wanted to honor her mother by continuing the work she started and to set aside a day to honor all mothers, reasoning that they were “the person who has done more for you than anyone in the world”.