Food features in church's festival of praise

January 06, 2012
  • Pastor John Rengifo and some of the food donated by members of Waynesboro Seventh-day Adventist Church to brighten the holiday season of needy families in the area.
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WAYNESBORO, Pa. —  The Waynesboro Seventh-day Adventist Church on State Hill Road in Waynesboro celebrated its 29th annual Festival of Praise on Saturday, Nov. 19. The church also hosted a Christmas party for needy families.

The main feature of this church service was an offering of bags of nonperishable foods. These items were placed with boxes of fresh foods that were packed earlier with fresh citrus fruit, apples, bananas, potatoes, carrots, celery, bread and other items.

Instead of deacons collecting the tithes and offerings as usual, on this special Sabbath there were baskets up front where the congregation placed their regular offerings, thank-you cards they had written, and donations to help to pay for fresh foods and frozen turkeys purchased for families in need during the holiday season.

This year, the church helped 18 families with a total of 46 children.

Each family got three bags of food this year in addition to a box of the fresh groceries and a frozen turkey.

Christmas presents were handed out at the Christmas party on the last Saturday night before Christmas. The party also included a supper, a craft and some simple entertainment and carol singing.

Each child got three gifts — clothing, a toy and another smaller gift, which was placed under a tree in the fellowship hall. The parents also received another food basket.

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