The "Festival of God's Creation" will be celebrated at Cottonwood's Mountain View United Methodist Church Sunday, April 21, with a special speaker and mid-afternoon family picnic at Riverside Park.
Guest speaker will be the Rev. Doug Bland, co-director of Arizona Interfaith Power & Light and pastor of Community Christian Church, Tempe. He will give the message at the 9 and 11 a.m. worship services.
He has a passion for storytelling - so much so that over the 19 years he has been pastor at Community Christian, the church has been recognized as the "storytelling" church.
Two of his storytelling concerts, The Feast of Life," and "Winter's Light," earned him the Diversity award from the Tempe Human Relations commission.
The Rev. Bland - who attended Duke University's United Methodist seminary- is on the adjunct faculty of the Storytelling Institute at South Mountain Community College.
As co-director of the interfaith group, he carries out the group's mission in telling religion's response to global climate change.
Those attending the 4:30 to 7 p.m. picnic will learn more about his storytelling and the councils' work. There will be activities for all ages, as well as a barbeque prepared by United Methodist Men.
Mountain View United Methodist is located at 901 S. 12th St.