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Church harvests talents at fest

October 31, 2006|by MARIE GILBERT

BEAVER CREEK - Three months ago, members of Beaver Creek Christian Church started making plans for their annual Harvest Festival.

They imagined a warm autumn day with the church grounds southeast of Hagers-town decorated with pumpkins and sunlight streaming through stained-glass windows.

But as the big day arrived, so did an uninvited guest - rain.

A previous day of heavy downpours left the lawn surrounding the church soggy, and organizers decided to move the event indoors as a chilly mist continued Saturday morning.

"The weather definitely changed our plans," said Sandy Curran, a member of the planning committee and wife of the church's pastor, the Rev. Mark Curran. "But we'll still have a fun day."

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The festival included a quilt display, bake sale, yard sale, crafts and homemade food.

Visitors also could purchase a raffle ticket for a chance to win a log-cabin quilt made by the church's quilting group, the Beaver Creek Creeky Quilters. Proceeds from the raffle went to Breast Cancer Awareness Cumberland Valley.

A breast cancer survivor, Curran said it meant a great deal to her to support the local breast cancer organization.

"It's been one year since I had my surgery," she said. "And this organization has been so wonderful to me every step of the way. This is a group of dedicated people who do so much good work for the community. I'm very happy that they will benefit from this raffle because I know the important work they do."

Cindy Hoffman, a planning committee member, said the festival has been held for several years and is one of the more popular events at the church.

"It's a lot of work, but we have a great time working together," she said. "Everybody pitches in. If you look around here today, we're all taking turns, whether it's working the yard sale or serving food. We're like one big family."

In past years, Curran said the festival has drawn not only church members, but nonmembers.

"This isn't just a church event. It's a community event. And there are always a lot of people we don't know who stop by to enjoy the festival," she said.

Church member Winola Ridenour said she had been looking forward to the festival for some time.

"It's always a fun day," she said. "I love the quilt display, which looks like a rainbow. I enjoy the fellowship of people I haven't seen for a while. And there's also the good food."

Ridenour said that, since she lost all of her siblings, "the church is my life, and the congregation is my church family. Whenever the doors are open, I'm here."

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