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Pumpkins sprouting around the county

Posted: October 20, 2013 - 12:07am
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One-year-old Kinsley Stevens picks up a couple of small pumpkins at the Marvin United Methodist Church pumpkin patch.  Photo by Jim Blaylock
Photo by Jim Blaylock
One-year-old Kinsley Stevens picks up a couple of small pumpkins at the Marvin United Methodist Church pumpkin patch.

If you’re looking for the perfect jack-o’-lantern pumpkin, three Columbia County churches offer a wide variety at their pumpkin patches.

Harlem United Methodist Church’s 10th annual Pumpkin Patch has nearly 1,700 pumpkins and gourds to choose from at the church on West Milledgeville Road in Harlem.

The patch offers families activities including school field trips. Proceeds from pumpkin sales go to the church’s outreach ministries, said event coordinator Debbie Nunley.

“Every penny goes back into the community whether we buy Christmas presents for kids that wouldn’t necessarily get Christmas,” Nunley said, adding that last year’s patch raised nearly $7,000. “Also, it helps buy food for our emergency food bank. ... It helps people if they need assistance with power bills, gas bills, water bills, medicines.

“Every bit goes right back into the community.”

The patch is open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1-7 p.m. on Sunday.

Wesley United Methodist Church also offers an October staple – Pumpkins With a Purpose. The patch offers more than 2,500 pumpkins. It’s open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily at the church on North Belair Road in Evans.

Proceeds from the pumpkin sales go to the church’s foreign missions, event coordinator Kim Bedell said.

“This particular fundraiser is going to international missions,” Bedell said. Within the next two years, the church will be sending missionaries on trips to Honduras, Nicaragua and Kenya, where they will provide vacation Bible school, skills to women, home-building and medical and eye care.

“All the money, the proceeds go to help those different missions.”

Pumpkins fill the corner of South Belair and Wheeler Road as part of Marvin United Methodist Church’s 10th annual Pumpkin Patch. Guests can choose pumpkins and gourds while supporting the church’s outreach ministries.

The patch is open at the church weekdays from noon to 7 p.m., 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and 1-6 p.m. on Sunday.

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