SOMONAUK — The Rev. Jeffrey G. Mikyska of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Aurora, will conduct a book signing on Saturday, Oct. 19 at the Foods Resource Bank Harvest Celebration in Somonauk.
Mikyska released his first devotional book, “Breath of God: Works of the Spirit,” earlier this summer. This Christian devotional examines the intimate relationship we have with God through the Holy Spirit and the premise that we are more closely connected to God in our daily lives than we realize.
Foods Resource Bank is a combined effort of local churches and farmers who support projects in Africa meant to make communities there more self-sustaining. Projects include irrigation systems, storage buildings and schools.
This year’s Harvest Celebration will be on the farm at 11625 S. Countyline Road in Somonauk. The day begins at 10 a.m. with a worship celebration followed by picnics, pumpkin carving, combine rides, sheep shearing and a pie auction – among many other activities.
Copies of “Breath of God: Works of the Spirit” will be available that day with portions of the proceeds going to Foods Resource Bank. Copies also can be purchsed through Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com and Lulu.com.
The public is invited to help 40 farmers and members of 24 churches celebrate the 2013 harvest on Saturday, Oct. 19.
The farmers and churches cooperate in helping alleviate hunger through the Foods Resource Bank, a Christian response to world hunger. They come together in three growing projects to help fund sustainable growing programs in third world countries.
This year, the local FRB growing projects – Somonauk, Earlville and Ottawa/Barrington – are expected to raise about $70,000 to fund programs that help people become self-sufficient in some of the world’s poorest countries.
The celebration will take place at the farm of Stacey and Karlene Dolder, 11625 S. County Line Road, Somonauk, beginning with interdenominational worship at 10 a.m.
After the service will be farming-related activities and displays including horse-drawn wagon rides, horseshoeing, sheep shearing, beekeeping, livestock displays, wool felting, wheat milling, pedal tractor races and a pie auction. Those attending may ride in combines with farmers as they harvest.
A lunch of pulled pork or hamburger sandwiches will also be served. There is no charge to attend, although donations are accepted, and a donation is requested for lunch. Since almost all goods and services are donated by local businesses and individuals, all donations go directly to support FRB programs.
FRB raises resources to support the capability and desire of small farmers in developing countries to grow lasting solutions to hunger. FRB engages volunteers to raise money for 50 to 60 overseas programs a year.
All of the programs focus on developing small-holder agriculture in the most remote and poorest regions of the world. FRB sees agriculture as the solution to hunger in much of the world. If provided with training and basic inputs like seeds or small tools, farmers can increase their harvest and therefore their food security.
In an FRB growing project, farmers each contribute the revenue from one or more acres. Members of the participating churches help defray the farmer’s cost of production. The farmers meet and select which of FRB’s overseas programs to support.
For more information on FRB, visit foodsresourcebank.org.
Churches supporting the projects include All Saints Lutheran, Arlington Heights; Barrington United Methodist; Bethany Lutheran, Leland; Christian Church of Arlington Heights; Earlville United Methodist; Earlville United Presbyterian; First Lutheran, Plano; First United Methodist, Hinckley; Immanuel Lutheran, Earlville; Leland United Methodist; Living Waters Lutheran, Crystal Lake; Our Savior Lutheran, Aurora; St. John the Baptist Catholic, Somonauk; St. John’s Lutheran, Somonauk; St. Mark’s Lutheran, Aurora; St. Teresa of Avila Catholic, Earlville; Salem Lutheran Sandwich; Somonauk Baptist; Somonauk United Presbyterian; Suydam United Methodist, Leland; The Federated Church, Sandwich; Trinity Lutheran, Ottawa; Union Congregational, Somonauk; and United Church of Christ, Shabbona.