The pumpkins are here.
A huge truck delivered the first load of pumpkins on September 27 and they are now spread out over the front lawn facing Savannah Highway. Another load is scheduled to be dropped off on Sunday, October 11th.
The pumpkin sales go daily from 10 am till 8 pm weekdays, from 9 am till 8 pm on Saturdays, and from noon till 8 pm on Sundays. Volunteers are needed to assist buyers and help manage the sales. Members and youth can sign up to handle sales in two-hour increments using this form on Signup Genius.
Youth Minister David Boudolf, who is in charge of the pumpkin sales, says that the funds raised will help youth have the opportunity to go on mission trips. The proceeds of the sales defray some of the trip costs for youth and their families. The youth usually have an international trip to give assistance to needy areas but the pandemic forced cancellation of the planned trip last summer. Instead, the youth invested their time in the area helping local organizations with clean-up and repair work.
Each summer the youth also go on mission trips to Salkehatchie, a South Carolina UMC program devoted to serving underprivileged families while helping young people learn about themselves, the world and God.