In recent years the area has existed between the canopy entrance to
the Lincoln Christian Church Fellowship Center and the parking lot.
The name was officially chosen on recommendation of Tim Becke,
Harvest Ministry Team member who oversees the outside area.
2012 version of Harvest Fare will include the ever-popular
deep-fried potato chips, from both white and sweet potatoes; walking
tacos, prepared and served by the staff of International Disaster
Emergency Service, which receives the proceeds from the Harvest of
Talents; Lincolnberry Prairie Café, featuring flavored coffees,
scones and a variety of snacks, along with brisket and maple ham
sandwiches; and the Potting Shed, a new booth offering a variety of
plants and bulbs.
Becke commented, "We are anticipating new booths to be added to
Harvest Fare in celebration of next year's 30th annual Harvest."
Craft areas in the Fellowship Center will feature hundreds of
handmade items, many one-of-a-kind. Special areas include
Yesteryear's Kitchen, with hundreds of jars of jams and jellies and
a wide variety of baked goods; the Christmas Nook; Cottage
Collectibles, with repurposed and shabby chic items; and Critters in
the Garden. Other areas featuring goods and services are Ye Olde
Sweet Shop, Blings 'n Things, Origami Creations, and henna designs
and face painting. Gifts From Around the World will offer a wide
variety of items from countries around the world, some of which have
been the recipient of Harvest funds in past years.
Breakfast of homemade cinnamon and caramel pecan rolls will be
served from 7 until 10 a.m. The luncheon menu includes homemade
vegetable soup, barbecue sandwiches and homemade pies. Snacks will
be available in Harvest Fare for Harvest shoppers or for those who
just drop by Harvest Fare for tasty foods.
A 5K Harvest Run and one-mile fun run-walk will be hosted by the
local YMCA and sponsored by several local business. The run will
begin at 8:30 a.m. at the corner of Pekin and Hamilton streets.
Early registrations are being accepted at the local YMCA office. For
more information, contact the YMCA at 217-735-1915 or 800-282-3520,
In keeping with the Harvest's desire to be family-oriented, there
will be special activities for children from 9 to 11 .a.m.
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Auctions are a highlight of the Harvest of Talents for World
Hunger, and this year there will be four. In the morning hours there
will be two silent auctions in the Fellowship Center and one in
Harvest Fare. The official Harvest Auction will begin at 2 p.m. Mike
Maske Auction will be in charge of the sale, which will offer unique
handmade quilts, fine needlework, woodworking, photography,
repurposed pieces, small furniture and many one-of-a-kind items.
The items offered for sale on Harvest Day include a wide variety
of quality handmade items suitable for gift-giving for birthdays,
new arrivals and Christmas.
Every penny raised at the Harvest is used to meet hunger needs
worldwide. No administrative costs are deducted. All proceeds from
the Harvest of Talents will be channeled by International Disaster
Emergency Service, a Kempton, Ind.-based Christian organization, to
hunger victims worldwide.
The Harvest of Talents originated at Lincoln Christian Church in
1984. In the first 28 years, Lincoln's Harvest of Talents for World
Hunger raised $1,636,092.89 to provide food for the hungry in 21
countries, including the U.S. This year the Lincoln church is joined
in its mission by churches in Tennessee, Missouri, Indiana, Kansas
and Illinois. The public is cordially invited to attend. Lots of
parking space is available, the facilities are
handicapped-accessible, and carryouts are available.
The next day all funds raised will be presented to International
Disaster Emergency Service at a 10 a.m. Sunday celebration service
open to the public in the chapel of Lincoln Christian University.
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