A fall festival at the end of this month will raise money for Second Harvest Food Bank.
The annual Harvest Festival is scheduled from 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, on the front lawn of First United Methodist Church of Oak Ridge.
Children are encouraged to wear a costume and celebrate with crafts, games, inflatables, and face painting, a press release said.
Second Harvest is East Tennessee’s local food bank.
“As in past years, there are opportunities to buy dinner, dessert, and silent auction items—100 percent of proceeds will go to Second Harvest,” the press release said. “Special this year will be a canned food ‘Labyrinth of HOPE: Helping Other People Eat.'”
The press release said labyrinths are used in ancient prayer methods to symbolize the “pilgrimage” journey toward God and forgiveness.
“In combining this prayer ritual with a harvest of donations for the hungry, we hope to remind each other that our individual walks with God are not unconnected to the suffering of those around us,” the release said.
Donations of canned goods will be accepted at First UMC, but are particularly needed from Sunday, Oct. 27, to Tuesday, Oct. 29, in order to build the labyrinth. While all canned goods are accepted, First UMC is encouraging donations of peanut butter, fish, bean soup, and other protein-rich items.
For more information, contact Kate Nintcheu at First UMC at [email protected] at (865) 813-0907.