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  • More than 35 years ago, pumpkin farmer Richard Hamby agreed to let a church sell his pumpkins and share the proceeds. Today Hamby partners with churches and other non-profit organizations in over 1300 locations, in 48 states. Hamby’s farm ships more than 5 million pumpkins each year. Many United Methodist churches offer pumpkins for sale around Halloween and the proceeds help fund various ministries.  Our Grace United Methodist Youth (GUMY) is funded by our very own Grace Pumpkin Patch. Learn more about the backstory in this UMTV encore.

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corner of Cuba Ave and 16th Street

Alamogordo, New Mexico

Grace United Methodist Church

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Here's a little bit of history of how the pumpkins came to Grace.  The very first load of pumpkins arrived here in the courtyard in the fall of 1996 under the care of Wes Johnson to help the youth group as a fundraising project.  The group was very active and needed some resources to help them with projects such as restoring homes for those who could not afford to do so as well as traveling to serve meals and delivering comfort items to the homeless.  All ministry takes money to thrive, so the pumpkin patch has been ding that for almost two decades for the youth of Grace, affectionately called GUMY.

As we look ahead to our 20th year of this annual event, it has come a long way.  This event has also become a tradition within the community we serve.  Grace has become the "Pumpkin Church".  People look forward to the arrival of the pumpkins and the fellowship our patch creates.  We have pre-schools, day cares, and elementary schools that come to the patch each year to enjoy the pumpkins along with a puppet show and story time during the week.    Last year alone there were over 1200 kids who came to our church.  That number doesn't include the many others who come with parents, grandparents, or our annual Family Day at the Patch and Trunk or Treat.  It is hard to put a number to the people who come and visit us each October but we know that thousands come to Grace which provides a festive atmosphere and shows the love of Christ through our outreach.

We are looking for a few good men, women, and youth to assist in setting up the grounds and selling pumpkins.  This is the primary opportunity for our youth group to acquire most of their funding.  We rely on the help of  volunteers lending their talents and time, especially during school hours.  We need volunteers for unloading the truck and during the daytime and evening hours while the patch is open.  Please sign up to work some shifts. The book is in the hallway outside the south side of the sanctuary on a table well marked.  Below you’ll find the important dates we will need to have volunteers in place to help make this project be a great success.  Don’t delay, act today…..

OCTOBER

 2nd          Set up the patch day.  It takes many able hands to help dig holes for the light poles, set up fencing, and                             decorate the entire courtyard.  This will take place From 2 PM until completion with a cookout to follow.

 8th          Pumpkin delivery day. The truck is supposed to arrive at 3:00 PM on this Saturday.  If you have a wagon or                         wheelbarrow to cart pumpkins in, please bring it with you when you come to unload. 

12th          Official Patch Opening day. We’ll start selling pumpkins. Volunteers are need to help out for two hours shifts                     during this 3 week sales period.  Puppet and story time will take place on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays                         starting October 13. If you are interested in helping Please contact Jan Richardson to volunteer with puppets at                 437-6979 and Cheeta McMurry to volunteer with story time at (575)585-2502.

22nd         Family Day At the Patch/Trunk or Treat. We need many hands to ensure the events are staffed and run                               smoothly.  Bakers, we need your best pumpkin items to sell at the bake sale. All donations are greatly                                 appreciated.  This year, we’re encouraging you to have an activity or game at or in your trunk. Check out                           Pinterest if you need ideas. We want a minimum of 15 trunks. Please RSVP to Alan McMillen.

 Contact Alan McMillen at 437-7640, ext 105 or email him at alanmcgumc@qwestoffice.net if you have any questions or would like to volunteer to help run the many wonderful activities at The Patch this season. Thanks for your support.


 

The Grace Pumpkin Patch-20th Anniversary 

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