Cowboy hats, boots and bolo ties are encouraged, but leave the spurs at home please. They mark up the pews.
All jawing aside, people seeking a warm, friendly, causal and relaxed atmosphere to worship the Lord, may want to consider the Cowboy Church.
The Cowboy Church is something that Gary Ehrle, lay minister with the Faith United Methodist Church, developed at his previous church and brought to Humboldt.
“It all started about 2-1/2 years ago. I was in the Belle Plaine area and the pastor, a lay speaker at the church there and myself were kicking around ideas for worship. We wanted something unique to draw interest and create a unique worship service.”
The Cowboy Church was born.
“We rely heavily on bluegrass, country and western and country gospel music. It’s a real laid back service with some congregation participation and lots of singing. There might even be a joke or humorous story,” Ehrle said.
It has a feel of the old sign-alongs around the campfire that you used to see in the cowboy movies.
The Cowboy Church breaks the traditional stereotype of what a church service should be.
“It is just a fellowship with other people and a different way of presenting the gospel in a cowboy way to get the message across,” Ehrle said.
During 2012, services have been held in the months when there are five Saturdays. The next one comes up this Saturday, Dec. 29. Worship begins at 5:30 p.m.
Ehrle is affectionately called “Big Slim” and he usually provides the message for the service. There will be a number of local musicians showing their talents at the service.
“The Trail Riders,” a group of local Methodist Church men will be providing several songs, along with the “Sisters in Christ,” a female group with guitar accompaniment.
Other acts will include L.A. Johnson and Friends and Deb Tilton. There will also be a special guest appearance by Daisy Shoefly.
The FUMC Youth Group will be serving chuck wagon chili and the fixings after the service as a fundraiser.
“Everyone is welcome. You don’t have to be a cowboy or know a lot about the west to enjoy the service and get something out of it,” Ehrle said.
So tie your pony to the hitching post and saddle up next to the good book on Dec. 29, date for the next Cowboy Church at the Faith United Methodist Church in Humboldt, 107 4th St. N.