Country Worship Cowboy Church in Durango will be holding a benefit Team Roping and Silent Auction Saturday Oct. 1. for John Sirman in his battle against cancer, and expenses for the family of the late Darryl Howze.
The silent auction has many items that will be of interest to many different people. There will be alfalfa hay, feed, tack, western furniture, baked goods, plants and flower arrangements, art and much more.
The team roping will be a number 10 slide with a seven cap, at a cost of three for $30. The books will open at 6 p.m. and the roping will start at 7 p.m. There will be BBQ sandwich plates and drinks available also.
The Country Worship Cowboy Church began in 1999 with an idea that a better meeting place was needed to spread the word. Steve Jones and John Sirman were on the hunt for a place. A friend to all, Jamie Phillips offered his pavilion next to his arena in Durango. The first church meeting was May 2000. Steve Jones and John Sirman were the preachers. The building consisted of a wood floor and a metal roof. There were no sides and there was no heat. By winter, tarps were put on two sides to block the North wind. Propane burners were brought in to keep everyone warm. Volunteers helped put up sides with roll up doors that could be adjusted according to the weather. There was larger attendance than there was room for but that was ok, people didn’t mind being outside. The size was soon doubled with an addition, but it was still not enough. The congregation began to pray for a larger building. The church had been meeting in that building for nine years, then the church was blessed again with a donation of land and money for a building and arena.
There is now a nice new building to worship in and the arena is helpful to the youth groups and the attraction of new members. The church holds team ropings, goat ropings and barrel races to draw the cowboys and cowgirls. New believers are baptized in a water trough, or even in the river by request. Now days, preachers are alternated, there are guest speakers, testimonies and special music.
Cowboy church appeals to many because it is based on the philosophy of come as you are. People don’t have to feel judged based on clothing, or accent, and nobody is asked to be something they are not. The offering plate is not passed around; the offerings received are put in a coffee can. There is no paid preacher, the money collected helps others in the community or helps in community outreach programs.
The mission of the church is to preach from the Bible, and spread Gods word. Church service is at 9 a.m. every Sunday morning. There is a Bible study on Tuesday nights, and Wednesday night has activities in the arena for the youth followed by a Bible study and prayer meeting. The third Saturday of the month is a free play day for the kids, it’s a supervised good time.
Country Worship Cowboy Church is located on FM 935 West of Highway 77. The Physical address is 1685 FM 935 Durango. For more information call Tricia Wideman at (254) 883-7924 or Steve Jones at (254) 760-0260.