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Pumpkins help raise funds for local church

Photo by Heather Middleton

Photo by Heather Middleton

By Mehgaan Jones

Before Forest Park resident, Marie Spicer's, husband passed away in August, he asked her to make two promises to him, she said.

The first promise was that she would continue to be involved in the pumpkin patch at the Jonesboro First United Methodist Church, and the second was to finish the book of inspirational poems she has been working on for many years.

According to Spicer, also known as Granny Pumpkin, the pumpkin patch, at Jonesboro First United Methodist Church, in Jonesboro, has been an annual event for seven years. Spicer coordinates the booking of story time activities for daycares that come to the patch.

She said the church sells pumpkins, scarecrows, Indian corn, and gourds of all shapes and sizes, to raise funds for the church's youth and missions programs.

"During the hurricane season, we have sent groups to Alabama and Mississippi to rebuild churches," said Spicer. She added that the youth program sent kids to summer and music camps. "We were able to send 16 [kids] to camp this year, due to the funds raised," she said.

The pumpkin patch fund-raiser will run until Sunday, Oct. 31, from 9 a.m., until 9.p.m., on weekdays, and 10 a.m., to 9 p.m., on weekends.

The prices of the pumpkins range from 50 cents to $50, based on size. The prices for gourds range from 50 cents to $4, and the scarecrows run from $5 to $10, Spicer said. She added that the Indian corn is $1.

"Last year, we made a profit of about $5,000," said Tommy Roberts, who is an assistant coordinator for the pumpkin patch.

"We come every year to support [the church]," said Jonesboro resident, Terri Jones. She added that her son went to pre-school, at the church.

The church will also have a "movie in the patch" event, according to Spicer and Roberts. Children will be watching the classic, "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown," and "Monsters Inc.," on Saturday, Oct. 16, at 6:30 p.m.

"The goal is to meet new people and have fun," Tommy Roberts said. "We want to open the church to the community." He added that making money is great, but we look forward to servicing our community.

For more information about the pumpkin patch, call the Jonesboro First United Methodist Church, located at 142 S. Main Street, at (770) 478-6444.