On Sunday at 2 p.m., the community is invited to an outdoor Sunday afternoon worship service, Blessing of the Seeds, to celebrate and bless the 2013 Growing Project at the farm near Wolfsville, Md.
In its eighth year, the project is supported by nine churches: Grossnickle, Hagerstown, Welty, Harmony, Beaver Creek, Myersville and Manor Churches of the Brethren, Holy Family Catholic Church and Christ Reformed United Church of Christ, Middletown, Md.
The service will include sharing an update of last year’s program in Kenya, and an overview of the Dominican Republic Bateyes program that this year’s dollars will help fund.
There will also be prayers, songs and meditations for the hungry, the farmers, the seeds, and for a bountiful crop.
The service will be held on the banks of Middle Creek, on the Hurwitz Farm, 11720 Wolfsville Road, Myersville, Md.
Parking is available at the farm, and a hay wagon will also transport guests from the Grossnickle Church parking lot at 1:30 p.m. A homemade ice cream and strawberry social will be held at the Grossnickle Church parish hall following the service.
Growing Projects are the means by which Foods Resource Bank funds its overseas programs. Foods Resource Bank is a Christian organization whose goal is to engage the grassroots agricultural community in the U.S., along with individuals, churches and urban communities, to grow solutions to hunger problems in our world.
The Grossnickle Growing Project has supported programs in Kenya, Zambia, Malawi, Nicaragua, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Mozambique in past years and has raised a total of more than $120,000 for the programs.
The money raised goes directly to the overseas program; administrative costs of the organizations are funded through other sources.
It helps to achieve its mission by forming a coalition in the U.S. of mission minded farmers, along with agricultural business people, supported monetarily by caring individuals, churches and communities.
A crop is raised, and the proceeds from the produce are donated to the organization for overseas programming. There are more than 200 Growing Projects across the U.S., supporting more than 60 food programs around the world.
For more information, call Grossnickle Church at 301-293-9516 or Patty Hurwitz at 301-293-2214, or go to www.foodsresourcebank.org.