A Patch with a Purpose: Tomoka Christian Church Hosts 14th Annual Pumpkin Patch

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Tomoka Christian Church held its 14th annual Pumpkin Patch under mostly sunny skies after the deluge of Hurricane Ian brought to the area Sept. 28-29. Each year the grassy area in front of the church turns into a sea of ​​orange pumpkins which normally runs October 1-31.

“Mission teams are working on the patch to get to know each other, build relationships and teamwork. It’s seeing how the personalities get along with each other, which is super important once they’re working together on the pitch. It’s stressful serving in third world countries and seeing such desperation.

CHRISTINA MOORE, Director of Assimilation, Tomoka Christian Church

“The pumpkins arrived on time,” said Christina Moore, assimilation director for Tomoka Christian Church. “We went from cleaning up debris to schlepping pumpkins.”

Jeanne Davis, Director of Short-Term Missions at Tomoka Christian Church, leads the pumpkin patch. It was set up to help fund church mission trips whose participants travel to help people all over the world: Africa, Alaska, Appalachia, Guatemala and Vienna, to name a few.

Mission teams volunteer to work in the pumpkin patch where the money they earn is earmarked for their specific journeys.

“Mission teams are working on the patch to get to know each other, build relationships and teamwork,” Moore said. “It’s seeing how the personalities get along, which is super important once they’re working together on the pitch. It’s stressful serving in third world countries and seeing such desperation.

The last day of Pumpkin Patch is October 31, which leads into the grand finale – Fall-O-ween. The event is an alternative to Halloween where families can gather to enjoy music, games, food, candy and fall activities.

“Pumpkins are a fun way to invite the community to our campus and send mission teams around the world,” Moore said.

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