Holy cow: Cattle herd ‘moo-ves’ into church parking lot

Tamara Mahaney with First United Pentecostal Church in Moss Hill shared this photo of cows in the church's parking lot on Wednesday.

A herd of cows got loose Wednesday morning and made their way to the parking lot of First United Pentecostal Church in Moss Hill, located just east of the intersection of SH 105 and SH 146. By mid-morning, the cows had been rounded up and returned to their pasture nearby.

Tamara Mahaney, whose husband Michael pastors the church, submitted the photo to Bluebonnet News, adding, “The cows have come to church!”

Mahaney said she has not had time to assess any “tithings” the cows may have left behind in the parking lot, but she isn’t too concerned about it.

“It’s going to rain a lot this week, so I guess it will wash it off,” she said with a laugh. “[My son] Kyler will be checking on the yard to mow tomorrow and will take care of it if needed.”

The Bible instructs spiritual leaders to tend to their herd, but Mahaney jokingly said this isn’t what God had in mind.

“I guess they wanted in on that deal. Who could blame them?” she said with a chuckle.

She issued an invitation to the cows’ owner or anyone else interested in attending services at the church. Sunday school begins every Sunday at 10 a.m. followed by a worship service at 11 a.m.

“We aren’t promising the cows will be there this Sunday,” she said.

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Before creating Bluebonnet News in 2018, Vanesa Brashier was a community editor for the Houston Chronicle/Houston Community Newspapers. During part of her 12 years at the newspapers, she was assigned as the digital editor and managing editor for the Humble Observer, Kingwood Observer, East Montgomery County Observer and the Lake Houston Observer, and the editor of the Dayton News, Cleveland Advocate and Eastex Advocate. Over the years, she has earned more than two dozen writing awards, including Journalist of the Year.

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