Pumpkin Festival Chili Booth Sign Up on Sign Up Genius! Please sign up to help out that weekend! It's always a ton of fun and a great way to get to know other folks in the Half Moon Bay Community. Volunteers can park in the church parking lot and walk to main street (it takes about 15 minutes to get to the food booths from the church).
Saturday & Sunday Shift Times:
6:30-8:30: Help set up booth and get the food ready.
8:30-11:30, 11:30-2:30 and 2:30-5:30: cook and serve food.
5 pm-7 pm Clean up
If you have never attended the Pumpkin Festival, you are in for a real treat! The event is free and open to the public, and people come out from all over to Half Moon Bay's Main Street for the event. Pie eating contests, live music, and OF COURSE all the pumpkin food you could ever want. CLC features a Pumpkin Chili booth every year as a fundraiser for church activities.
From Pastor Dawn:
Hola! I'm back from my adventure in Spain walking ~124 km or 78 miles from Santiago de Compostela to Muxia and finally Finisterre, where the European continent ends at the Atlantic Ocean – a sacred spot even before Christianity made its way there. I was surprised to see the Celtic impact on the region and heard a bagpiper first time we walked into the main square where the Cathedral of St. James in Santiago is located. I traveled with my friend, Mary, and arrived Thursday morning. We had a chance to enjoy a local farmers market that had been going on for centuries. I fell in love with the homemade bread and cheese of this region of Galicia in Spain. I imagine heaven will be so good! Friday, over dinner, we met our group of 11 participants from the US and Britain, our retreat leader, Valerie, our two guides, Jorge and Olga, who have led many a venture, and our bus driver, Pedro. We got a feel for the next 9 days and began getting to know each other. Prior to dinner, several of us attended the weekly Pilgrim's mass, witnessing the final ritual in which a 177 pound thurifer of incense is swung through the rafters by 8 men to bless all who are there. It is truly quite a sight! Watch it on YouTube!!
Saturday morning, September 17th (Friday night for you), we left the square of the cathedral with our guides along the Way of St James or El Camino de Santiago, following the yellow arrow and yellow shell signs that point the way. Quite often we followed dirt roads, sometimes rocky, hilly, and sometimes paved, joining a road traveled by cars but usually not for long. The Camino weaved through forests, past homes and small towns, a little café from time to time, fields of heather and beautiful yellow flowers with amazing vistas, hills and valleys as we made our way to the Atlantic ocean. This part of the Camino is much less frequented, especially the trail to Muxia. We were often alone on the trail surrounded by the amazing beauty of Galicia’s well-watered terrain with its varied plants and trees, farmland, and scattered homes made of stone with terracotta roofs and many grape or kiwi vines terracing courtyards and stone walls. It was picturesque, quiet, peaceful, and a joy to encounter. My only task was to walk ~13 miles a day as fast or as slow as I desired, taking in this beauty around me. It brought me such joy. The weather was remarkably good! Olga has led trips along this path for over 12 years and had never encountered no rain whatsoever. We had days that were overcast and one that had enough fog to cause wetness like we experience in Half Moon Bay, but it was nothing. Within an hour, my coat was off. I didn’t carry a backpack or worry about my luggage which was transported for me. Our van met us along the way with snacks and water to refill our bottles, and any support we may need. Some walked the entire journey, while others did not. It was actually a lesson in listening within and tenderly responding with love. Our hosts showered us with loving hospitality and great food while the people with whom I traveled were wonderful fellow pilgrims whom I now carry with me in heart and spirit...as I did you. I feel very blessed and eager to continue embracing what it means to be God's pilgrim in every day life.