Advent welcomed nearly 100 people from the greater Harleysville community at its first-ever Friends and Neighbors Event held on September 22.
The weather was gorgeous for the free, outdoor event, which collected monetary donations in support of the ELCA’s Global Barnyard program, a program designed to give families in need the tools to build an income selling eggs, milk, honey, or the like to break the poverty cycle.
The activities at the Friends and Neighbors Event included everything from corn hole and spikeball to Advent’s signature gaga pit and a bonfire. The event also featured a display table with information on the ELCA’s Global Barnyard program. Members of Advent loaned empty bee boxes and live chickens to help create interest in the types of gifts available through the God’s Global Barnyard program.
“This was a great event for all ages, from little kids to grandparents,” said Pastor Mark Singh-Hueter. “We had a wonderful time with the meal, the learning and displays, the games, and just sitting around talking or listening to the music.”
In total, the Friends and Neighbors Event raised nearly $150 for the ELCA’s Global Barnyard program.
Advent would like to offer a special thank you to Joan Kelley for inspiring and organizing the event, Carrie Ryan, Advent’s Coordinator of Spiritual Development, Doretta Rossler and the rest of Advent’s Social Ministry team for setting up the Global Barnyard display table, the Christian Education ministry team for coordinating the indoor/outdoor activities, and Woody and Ginny Woodbury for offering live music during the event.