Grossnickle Church of the Brethren to bless seeds, raise funds for food program

Grossnickle Church of the Brethren to bless seeds, raise funds for food program

Members of Myersville's Grossnickle Church of the Brethren is undertaken its Growing Project to raise funds for the Christian organization Foods Resource Bank. On May 19 Grossnickle will partner with eight other churches to hold it's Blessing of the Seeds event at the farm of Grossnickle members Jeff and Patty Hurwitz. 

Members of Myersville’s Grossnickle Church of the Brethren are doing what they can to alleviate hunger throughout the world. For the past eight years, the church has undertaken its Growing Project to raise funds for the Christian organization Foods Resource Bank, which works worldwide by helping establish sustainable agriculture projects, said Pastor Tim Ritchey Martin.

On May 19, Grossnickle will partner with eight other churches to hold its Blessing of the Seeds event at the farm of Grossnickle members Jeff and Patty Hurwitz, Martin said. The event is open to the public.

The 55-acre plot has been and will be used to grow crops — this year, corn and soy beans — sell it, and use the proceeds to benefit the Food Resources Bank, he said. Church members raise funds to implement the local farming crop, Martin said.The churches are expecting to gather about $25,000 total this year, which would bring the total over eight years of the Growing Project close to $200,000.

Martin said the May 19 event is a chance to celebrate and bless this year’s crop and the success of the project, as well as pray for people around the world suffering from hunger. A church social at Grossnickle including homemade ice cream and fresh strawberries is also part of the plan. An update will also be given on this year’s project, dubbed the Dominican Republic Bateyes program, Martin said.

This program primarily works with Haitian immigrants to the Dominican Republic and their descendants, who live on former sugar cane work camps are among the poorest and most discriminated against population in the country, he said. The program is designed to assist them in acquiring new skills in crop management, establishing community seed banks, horticulture productions, revolving loans and efficient marketing.“It’s teaching folks to help themselves,” he said.

The event will start at 2 p.m. May 19 at 11720 Wolfsville Road, Myersville. For details, call Grossnickle Church at 301-293-9516.

Posted: Saturday, May 11, 2013 By Nicholas C. Stern The Frederick News Post

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