by the Rev. Christopher Slane
Between October 17th and October 31st St. Martin’s is doing a fundraiser by selling pumpkins in the front of our parking lot. This is going to be a great and wonderful project, and here’s why:
- Our pumpkins come from Farmington New Mexico, and employ 1,000 Navajo Native Americans seasonally during the picking season. The pumpkin farm is certified by the Native American Products Industry, and creates jobs in a region with astronomical unemployment rates.
- 100% of our profits from the Pumpkin Patch will go to Outreach missions of the church. We will fund part of our Youth Mission to New Orleans, where our youth group will work with a church to continue the clean-up from Hurricane Katrina. In addition to the money that goes to the Navajo in Farmington, we will also be sending a large portion of our profits to the Navajo reservation to support Christian ministry through the Episcopal Diocese of Navajoland. And finally, a small portion of our profits will go to support feeding the hungry and under-fed in our own city of St. Louis through St. Martin’s #GoodSoilProject Garden (the Winter Wheat is already planted)
- There will be plenty of fun in the patch for people of all ages. There will be a place to take great fall photos with straw bales and scarecrows. We will be having a Trunk-or-Treat and Chili cook-off on Saturday October 17th at 6pm, and Pumpkin Painting on Saturday October 30th at 6pm.
So, come see what St. Martin’s is all about as we give thanks to God by reaching out in love to our neighbors both near and far. And, thank you in advance for supporting what God is doing through His Church, which is our whole community working together for the coming of His kingdom.