Sunday October 7th
8:30 AM @ The Rodeo Grounds
Another favorite Lone Pine Film Festival tradition, Sunday Morning Cowboy Church, is led by long-time Owens Valley pastor Ben Sparks assisted by pastor, Greg Ricker. The Cowboy Church is a popular destination for many annual festival goers.
This year's Cowboy Church will be held at the Lone Pine Rodeo Grounds, directly behind the museum. The Rodeo Grounds have special meaning for many, as it was the home of the "Lone Pine Stampede" from 1941 throught the early seventies. As stated in the 1964 Stampeded Silver Anniversary program, “What more picturesque setting could any arena boast than the spectacular snow clad peaks of Mt. Whitney fronted by the pictorial Alabamas for a contrasting background?
Where in these United States could this be equaled?” and that holds true for the Cowboy Church.
The music and Western-themed sermon takes on a special meaning as the worshipers sit in this beautiful venue under the Eastern Sierra and Mount Whitney. Truly, an exceptional morning! Those staying in town, can easily walk to the grounds and as well, there is plenty of parking in front of the arena. The 30-minute service will start at 8:30 A.M.
BUY "Cowboy Church" Book
“Cowboy Church” by Rev. Ben Sparks. This is a collection of sermons by Rev. Sparks given during Sunday’s Cowboy Church, an event at the annual Film Festival. Cowboy Church is held outside with the awe-inspiring Sierra Nevada Mountains as a backdrop. Each sermon relates to the theme of the Film Festival. This paperback collection retails for $12.50. The author, Ben W. Sparks, is a graduate of California Baptist University and Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary. In 2005 he retired as pastor of Mt. Whitney Baptist Church where he served for 28 years. He is quick to say, he has not retired from serving God. Its lightweight paperback format is perfect for carrying with you at all times or tucking into the car or a place where you frequently sit and read for a few moments, or a long time, for spiritual renewal or inspiration. 62 Pages - available in the Museum.
A few pictures of past service, then held at Anchor Ranch are below.
Pictures courtesy of Rob Word & Bob Lorbeer