Mother's Day takes a turn in church

Church leaders, congregants say motherhood deserves recognition

Mother's Day church events

• St. Michael Catholic Church

What: Mother's Day luncheon and fashion show

When: 11:30 a.m. Saturday

Where: St. Michael Catholic Church, 678 School St.

Cost: Free; bring a salad to share

For more information, call 824-5330

• Yampa Valley Baptist Church

What: Mother and daughter luncheon

When: 1 p.m. Saturday

Where: Yampa Valley Baptist Church, 3900 E. Victory Way

Cost: Free; bring a salad or desert to share

For more information, call 824-5424

• St. Mark's Episcopal and Lutheran Church of Grace

What: Mother's Day brunch

When: 10 a.m. Sunday

Where: St. Mark's Episcopal and Lutheran Church of Grace, 657 Green St.

Cost: Free

For more information, call 824-5173

— A special touch.

An anointing from God.

These characteristics help define motherhood, area religious leaders said.

This weekend, many area churches will celebrate Mother's Day by recognizing mothers in their congregations and hosting events for mothers of various ages.

St. Michael Catholic Church is one of them.

Church members are scheduled to host a Mother's Day luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the church building, 678 School St.

A fashion show, provided by Katie's Kostumes, is scheduled to follow. The show will display dresses from the late 1800s and a sampling of what a dress could look like in the future, said Katie Johnson, Katie's Kostumes owner.

Admittance to the event is open to mothers both within and outside of the church's congregation, said Marion Simons, one of the event's organizers, adding that a raffle also will take place at the event.

"It's just a good time for all of us to reflect on our own mothers and the fact that we are mothers," Simons said. "I think we find strength and support from other women."

However, mothers aren't the only people who will receive recognition at one church's event.

Yampa Valley Baptist Church will host a mother and daughter luncheon at 1 p.m. Saturday at its church building, 3900 E. Victory Way.

The event will include a speaker and a solo musical performance, said Rosie Potter, wife of the church's pastor, Dale Potter.

The luncheon allows those who attend to "emphasize how special our daughters are to us," Potter said.

In Potter's view, recognizing Mother's Day within the church is significant.

"The values that mothers have obtained from God have to be passed on," she said.

The importance of observing the holiday in church is apparent to Church of Destiny pastor Parrish Terry.

"Without mothers, we wouldn't be here," he said.

In his view, secular culture is beginning to look more favorably upon motherhood, especially mothers who make housewifery their full-time occupation.

"I think that right now, there is a bit of a trend swinging back to it," he said. "It's one of the most important jobs a woman could have," he said.

To one area pastor, caring for children is more than a job.

It's a calling.

Mothers are given "a special anointing, or ability, to raise a child," said Steven Wallace, Ridgeview Church of God pastor.

Although the church isn't hosting a special event for Mother's Day, this Sunday's sermon will focus on motherhood.

Wallace said that society needs families with both mothers and fathers.

Still, the woman's place in childrearing is unique, he added.

"Mothers have a special touch," he said.

Bridget Manley can be reached at 875-1795 or bmanley@craigdailypress.com

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