St. John’s on the Lake UMC Pumpkin Patch

October 15 – 31, 2016

Most of our country right now is reveling in Autumn… a time of year when everything feels crisp, and full of excitement and possibility. Yes, the trees are “dying,” but that death produces a rainbow of warm colors that jump out at us and say “God is SO Good!!” It’s a time of fun, harvest activities that have been a part of our country since it’s birth! Think of how our Thanksgiving traditions go back to the “Puritans & Indians.” Both our European and Native American forefathers lived in agrarian cultures where the Fall was a time of bringing in the bounty as well as storing up for the winter.

Unfortunately (or fortunately, however you see it), we live in South Florida, where the leaves don’t change color, apples won’t grow, and where our crops are “harvested” several times a year! Even our weather, only changes slightly and I’m not sure anyone would call it “crisp”! So what’s the only way we have of joining in the country’s revelry?? PUMPKINS!!!! Pumpkins can be displayed, carved, and eaten! They can be an integral part of Autumn for those of us who don’t get the other stuff that goes along with the Fall.

Coming to the Pumpkin Patch is a great way to start off our season of parties, family gatherings, and giving! It’s a place to find wonderful things to decorate your home, school, and life with. It’s a great place to finally see some of your neighbors and friends out and about again (after the summer’s heat). And it’s a great place to spend some money supporting good work being done across the country & world to help others who are struggling.

The Pumpkin Patch at St John’s on the Lake is a fundraiser for all the mission work of our faith community! The pumpkins themselves, come from farms in New Mexico that work to better the lives of Native Americans–by providing job training, rewarding work, and help with clinics and mental health services on reservations all over the SouthWestern US. ALL the portion of pumpkin sale that are left for the church go to support local groups (like Branches, the Miami Beach High School Marching Band, and SAVE Dade), statewide groups (like the Immokalee Farmworkers), and nation/worldwide groups (Like Disaster Relief efforts caused by storms, earthquakes, fires, volcanoes, etc.). Every dollar spent goes to great causes.

Come, take pictures with your children, have some laughs and reconnect with your neighbors, and buy some pumpkins to support worthy causes throughout the world!! Yes, the trees are “dying,” but that death produces a rainbow of warm colors that jump out at us and say “God is SO Good!!” It’s a time of fun, harvest activities that have been a part of our country since it’s birth! Think of how our Thanksgiving traditions go back to the “Puritans & Indians.” Both our European and Native American forefathers lived in agrarian cultures where the Fall was a time of bringing in the bounty as well as storing up for the winter.

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