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Cowboy Church in Richland

July 12, 2017

Cowboy Church is a monthly community outreach ministry of the Richland United Methodist Church. People gather in “the pasture,” a lot next to the church building, for an outdoor service with a decidedly western

The service on Sunday, July 2nd at 6:30 was their special Fourth of July celebration. “The cowboys have lots of thoughts on freedom,” they wrote on their Facebook page.

Tim Schoepf, their pastor in Richland, built on the theme of freedom that day. Freedom is very important to our national heritage. But even more important, he said, is our freedom in Christ, citing Paul’s letter to the Galatians.

“You were called to freedom, brothers and sisters,” we read in Galatians 5:13, “only don’t let this freedom be an opportunity to indulge your selfish impulses, but serve each other through love.”

Cowboy Church began as an experiment to reach new people for the sake of Jesus Christ in Richland. Organizers drew from community interest in cowboys and country music. They also chose to meet outside so that participants who might be intimated by a church building could be more comfortable.

The effort has taken hold and now is a regular part of their ministry to the people of Richland and the surrounding area.

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