As a thank you to the volunteers and donors, Heart of the Shepherd will be celebrating with their annual Lamb Cook-Off and Appreciation Luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. this Saturday, Jan. 20.

Anyone who has volunteered or donated to Shepherd’s Cross & Heart of the Shepherd in any capacity — and their family — are invited to attend this yearly event.

“The meal will be our very own AWA farm fresh lamb meat cooked in a variety of dishes,” said Dr. Diane Dickinson, Shepherd’s Cross owner. “If you want to cook a lamb dish simply call or come by and pick up some meat to bring prepared for the meal. We also have recipes if you need some.

“Many cooks provide a great variety of dishes for this event — even if you haven’t cooked lamb before, this luncheon will give you the chance to sample some (lamb) on us.”

Heart of the Shepherd is operated almost entirely with volunteers from members of the local community and beyond.

“We want to express our heartfelt gratitude to all of those who have so generously given of time and resources to support this mission,” she said. “We would not be able to serve the multitudes of individuals that we serve both locally and around the world without these servants.”

Activities such as the Wool Mill Tour, Farm Museum & Educational Silo, Shepherd's Shop, and Bible Garden self guided tours will be available prior to and following the luncheon.

This is a free event, but donations are welcomed.

The Lamb Cook-Off and Appreciation will take place at Shepherd’s Cross located at 16792 E. 450 Rd. For more information, call (918) 342-5911.

Shepherd’s Cross is home to Heart of the Shepherd Inc., a public, non-profit Christian organization (501-C3) that teaches Biblical references to the harvest, the animals, farming and gardening.

. Biblical references are found throughout the farm experience.

Shepherd’s Cross is an accredited Agritourism facility, a Made in Oklahoma Company, a member of the Claremore

Farmer’s Market, an Animal Welfare Approved sheep farm, a producer for and distribution site for the Oklahoma Food Co-op.

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