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(4) October, November, and December 2017

The chicken coop at the Urban Farm

The bridge that Bruce built at the Urban Farm

The two regular, feline Grace and Mainers at the house on Moffett St

The garden keeps growing.

A stone left near one of the Urban Farm beds — a worthy reminder

A cross that Bruce built a few years back being filled by vines that God built

Some work gloves left at the Urban Farm just waiting for hands to fill them

The shed that Bruce built inside the fence at the Urban Farm

We closed the greenhouse earlier this summer because of the heat, but some seeds escaped and took root!

One of our developing leader’s “salad patch.”

Roving Feast lunches

Taking a break and enjoying the clear skies and nice weather.

Bird feeders are an ever present reminder of God’s loving presence at many Grace and Main houses.

A mother and son at one hospitality house put together a nice surprise for another one of our folks. This day, love included a Capri Sun.

Working at the Urban Farm

The “salad patch” of one of our garden’s leaders is coming up.

Hard at work at the Urban Farm.

Taking a break on a hospitality house porch.

Still lots of work to do at the Urban Farm

A laundry cooperative planning meeting with neighbors, FBC Danville, and Grace and Main on the front porch of a Grace and Main hospitality house

A garden leader working his own garden plot

Working in a community plot to grow food to share

There’s time to pose for a photo while waiting for coffee at one of the houses.

Grace and Main was welcomed warmly to this year’s Nurturing Communities Project gathering of intentional communities from all around North America. We were welcomed into the home of a lovely Bruderhof family for a few days.

The assembled lanterns before the Bruderhof lantern walk at this year’s Nurturing Communities Project gathering

Community means making time for ice cream and not being worried about getting it all over yourself.

The Bruderhof mud kitchen was a hit with one little community member.

It may be fall, but salad is still growing and the garden still needs tending.

Launching mini-pumpkins via slingshot into a pond.

Launching mini-pumpkins via slingshot into a pond.

Launching mini-pumpkins via slingshot into a pond.

A hay ride near Clarksville, VA

A quick family picture on a hay ride

On a hay ride

Corn mazes are hard work

Some of the late pepper harvest

A superhero was present at the annual leadership retreat this year

Trick-or-treating in the neighborhood

At the fabulous Trunk or Treat thrown by Ascension Lutheran Church

Some late carrots harvested from a hospitality house garden

Working at the Urban Farm as the growing season starts to come to an end

Taking a break from gardening to catch up and swap a story or two

There are still a few things flowering in the gardens of the Urban Farm

Elderberry bushes and Pawpaw trees outlined with reclaimed, scrap bricks

A wheelbarrow of reclaimed, scrap bricks that we will put to use in various projects. Even trash is beautiful when put to a good use.

Working in a fall garden

Posing near a “salad” patch

Picking something for dinner from the “salad” patch

The gardens are looking a little browner as the fall settles in, but there is still some green!

One of our folks took this beautiful picture of the Riverwalk trail while on a walk this fall

“This is my Father’s world, in rustling grass I hear Him pass…”

A view of the bridge from the bushes

A couple of Grace and Main leaders posing after voting

A Grace and Main leader standing atop a massive mound of compost at the Urban Farm

Hanging out in front of a hospitality house before another Thanksgiving Feast.

Folks waiting for the start of our annual Thanksgiving Feast with Ascension Lutheran Church

Folks waiting for the start of our annual Thanksgiving Feast with Ascension Lutheran Church

Folks waiting for the start of our annual Thanksgiving Feast with Ascension Lutheran Church

Looking down the hill toward baby trees at the Urban Farm

New shoes for one of our longtime leaders

Two leaders posing because of new glasses

One of the kid-friendly nativity sets we have around to help us learn how to celebrate Christmas

Snow behind one of our hospitality houses.

Poinsettias and wreaths sold by one of our community leaders

A hillside at St Francis Springs Prayer Center on the evening of their annual Taize service.

The prayer labyrinth at St Francis Springs Prayer Center on the evening of their annual Taize service

A snowy evening outside of a hospitality house

Snow covered hospitality house

An impromptu slumber party when the power was out in one of the neighborhoods during a snowstorm.

Trees outlined in repurposed bricks from around the neighborhood

Hand mashing the potatoes for Christmas dinner

Some things for Christmas dinner are cooked the night before, like this big pot of boiling potatoes

A couple of Grace and Main leaders posing in front of the Ascension Lutheran Chrismon tree

A few of the Chrismons on Ascension Lutheran’s Chrismon Tree

Opening cans as we cook Christmas dinner

One of a number of volunteers who showed up early to help get ready for our Christmas dinner held at FBC Danville

A couple of people excited for Christmas dinner

Setting food at the table as some folks get in line for the main dishes

Salad, mashed potatoes, pinto beans, and pork bbq to go with the veggies and bread at the table for Christmas dinner

Smoked pork bbq made for our Christmas dinner for the third year in a row by one beloved donor

An accidental heart on a napkin during the Christmas dinner

One of our developing leaders doing dishes after Christmas dinner

A few folks at our Christmas day lunch

Most of the folks who gathered at a hospitality house for Christmas day lunch

A quick selfie during Christmas day lunch

A quick selfie during Christmas day lunch

Christmas breakfast made at a hospitality house and distributed all over town to our friends and neighbors

A Christmas tree downtown

Folks starting to filter into Christmas dinner and getting cups of coffee

Going through our checklist to make sure we took care of everything after our Christmas dinner

Telling stories as we wait for folks to show up to the Christmas dinner

Telling stories as we wait for folks to show up to the Christmas dinner

The Christmas tree in the fellowship hall of FBC Danville

Catching up at a hospitality house right before Christmas day lunch

Sitting on the porch of a hospitality house on Christmas day

Two stockings in a hospitality house for a couple of folks staying there and joining in the household’s celebration of Christmas