Saturday, April 11, 2009

Cowboy Church Service for Easter Weekend

Ranchers in West Texas have a knack for bringing folks together. For over a hundred folks from neighboring towns, with some from as far away as East Texas and Arizona, the chilly weather and threat of rain didn’t dampen their spirits as they gathered on the outskirts of the county to enjoy a Cowboy Church service.

Robby Harris, pastor of Central Baptist Church of Aspermont and David Jones, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Jayton each shared a message to exhort and encourage the group. The horse breaking demonstration by Don Long of Girard brought their messages home as he shared how much people are like horses. We find that when we fight against the leading of the “Master,” we make things harder for ourselves.

After the horse-breaking demonstration, the visitors enjoyed a hearty lunch with the cowboys while Martha Jones and Tammy Hawkins sang some classics. Coley Flowers did tricks with his horse, Cuatro, while visitors ate the hearty meal and enjoyed the show.

The lunch included brisket, sausage, venison roasts cooked in Dutch ovens, and bread, side dishes and desserts made by neighbors, friends and relatives. Visitors ate under the covered area at tables by a tree-lined stock tank. All together, 114 people enjoyed the day at the Cross Shield Ranch owned by Steve and Eileen Cochran. Several friends and family members came together to make the event a success.

The dessert contest was a big hit and everyone enjoyed the variety of home-made desserts. Brenda Hawkins won the prize of a wooden basket carved from a log, complete with the Cross Shield logo and “Champion Dessert 2009.”

We look forward to the Cross Shield Ranch tours later this year when they are expecting visiting groups from as far away as Brazil. What a great opportunity to share West Texas hospitality with folks from other parts of the world.