Harvest of Talents is on a "Roll"

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[October 12, 2016]   LINCOLN - The fragrance of yeast and cinnamon wafted from the kitchen of Lincoln Christian Church the past two Wednesday evenings as roughly 1,000 cinnamon rolls were mixed, rolled, and fashioned, then tucked into the church freezer in readiness for baking on Oct. 22, Harvest Day morning.

Among the “Rollers” was ten year old, Elaine Hyde, granddaughter of Gary and Lindsey Hughes, who was honing her roll making skills under the careful tutelage of both grandparents. Elaine is pictured with a tray of cinnamon rolls ready for baking. The young Harvest volunteer is learning the cinnamon roll making process, step by step, under her grandparents careful mentoring.

The 2016 Harvest of Talents actually switched into high gear on August 24 when Special Event license plates first appeared on local vehicles. Bearing the Harvest official logo the plates will be displayed for sixty days until their expiration at midnight on Harvest Day. Vehicles bearing the plates highlight the Mission of the local Harvest ministry ~ to raise funds to feed hungry and hurting people worldwide, in Jesus’ name.

Attention then shifted to “Buck’s Dynas”tea”, a first time September men’s event of the Harvest, featuring a variety of wild game and topped off with mouth watering homemade pies. The event honoring long time Harvester (and recycler) “Buck” Snyder was hosted by Barry and Julie King , Harvest Team members .The Guys Night Out, which included door prizes and a guest speaker, was deemed by those in attendance as a “tasteful success” and will make a return to the Harvest schedule in 2017.

Just two days following the men’s event, the sanctuary of the Lincoln Church was the site of the Musical Offering for World Hunger, playing to a full house. With Tim Searby as Director, and Kay Dobson and Linda Storm , at the piano and organ, a host of soloists and ensembles performed a variety of “standards” to the delight of music lovers. The afternoon closed with an 85 voice choir performing “How Great Thou Art” and closing with a rousing version of “Battle Hymn of the Republic”. A generous free will offering was received in the name of the world’s hungry and hurting people.

On September 23 the 2016 Harvest of Talents Prayer Calendar made its appearance, both in printed form and on line. Believing that prayer is a critical component of the Harvest, the ministry produces a booklet of devotions, one for each of the thirty days preceding the Harvest. Each devotion is written especially for the Calendar by members of Lincoln Christian Church and Harvest friends across the country, as well as five youth contributors to the current edition.

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The on-line version is accompanied each day by a Harvest photo in an attempt to give those who have not attended a glimpse of the Harvest and providing precious memories to those who can no longer attend. (Prayer calendars are available at the office of Lincoln Christian Church or at the on-line site http://eepurl.com/bylg7n.)

Workshops and kitchens in Logan County and across the country are humming with activity in preparation for the 33rd Annual Harvest of Talents for World Hunger. Harvest Day will feature a 7 a.m. breakfast of homemade cinnamon and caramel pecan rolls and a luncheon of Harvest vegetable soup, sandwiches and homemade pie. Outside Harvest vendors will also offer a variety of sandwiches, snacks, flavored coffees, hot chocolate and hot apple cider. Hundred of handmade items, many one of a kind, will be offered for sale beginning at 7 a.m. Highlight of the day is a 2 p.m. Auction featuring quilts, furniture, photography, stitchery, art, woodworking, stained glass and repurposed items.

Yes, Harvest of Talents is on a roll ~ leading up to the 33rd Annual Harvest on Saturday, October 22. The public is most welcome to join us on this journey!

Mark your calendar for October 22, bring your family, do some Christmas shopping,
enjoy our tasty foods, share time with friends, and know that every penny you spend will be used to feed hungry people around the world!

[Patricia Snyder]

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