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Passing hope... one pumpkin at a time

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By Kate Darnell

Members of Living Hope Assembly of God are seeing orange.

On Saturday afternoon, the congregation gathered and formed a receiving line, passing pumpkins down from a semi-trailer.

“Five hundred more to go,” pastor Tunya Adams yelled.

“How many of these did we order?” one parishioner called out.

The pumpkin receiving line erupted in laughter.

The church of 50 ordered and unloaded 600 pumpkins.

Living Hope’s future building site off US 27 (beside Northside Elementary) is now a sea of pumpkins.

“They were all for it,” Adams said about the congregation’s response to the idea.

Open everyday until Halloween, from noon to 8 p.m., Adams said Living Hope will offer fall fun for all.

“It’s more than just a fundraiser,” Adams said. “We’re hoping it will also be an outreach to the community.”

Grown on a Navajo Indian reservation in New Mexico, the pumpkins are sold according to size, ranging from 50 cents to $30.

“This is a fundraiser to help support the ministries of our church,” Adams said.

Other activities at the pumpkin patch include hayrides, bonfires, movies, fall pictures, crafts, face paintings and a petting zoo.

Adams said the church will host a special ‘Light Up the Night’ event at the site on Oct. 31 from 6-8 p.m.

Adams said everyone, including large groups are welcomed and encouraged to visit Living Hope’s pumpkin patch.

“If the community has a positive response, it’s something we would like to do again,” Adams said. 

Living Hope Assembly of God is currently located on Walnut Street and can be reached at 235-HOPE.