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.
The 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, or visit
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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