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CROP Walk – We Walk Because Others Must Walk For Food

Three CROP Walks will take place in Lycoming County this Sunday, October 13, to raise funds for people in need, locally and internationally. The goal is to have 200 walkers and raise $15,000.

In Williamsport, registration and the walk will begin at 1 p.m. at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 142 Market Street. The basic course will be a scenic 3-mile loop along the River Walk and across the Maynard Street and Market Street bridges; those wishing to walk 6 or 9 miles may repeat the loop.

In Trout Run, registration will open at noon at the Trout Run Park, and the walk will set off at 1 p.m.

For the Hughesville/Muncy walk, registration and the walk will start at 12:30 at Lime Bluff Park in Hughesville.

Internationally, beneficiaries of funds raised by the CROP Walks will include refugees and other victims of drought, war, and hurricaines. Locally, the agencies receiving funds this year will be the Son Light House Food Pantry in Muncy, the New Love Center in Jersey Shore, the American Rescue Workers in Williamsport, and the United Churches Food Pantry in Williamsport.

This is the Fiftieth Anniversary of CROP Walk. The first walk was in 1960 in Bismark, North Dakota, when George Sturgeon urged his youth group and their friends to sacrifice their own steps so that someone around the world would have enough food and water. They begain raising funds for families through Lutheran World Relief and Church World Service and their success smarked a national conversation.

A pastor in York Pennsylvania took the next step and invited his community to do more. The youth leader, Margaret Horn said “I will walk, will you walk with me?” Those words have been repeated countless times over the years. We began to here them here forty-one years ago in 1978 when the first CROP Walk was held in Lycoming County walking from Jersey Shore to Williamsport.

Will you respond this year and keep CROP Hunger Walk moving forward until […]

Golf Tournament

Twenty eight foursomes enjoyed the day golfing in the United Churches 9th Annual Golf Tournament held on the White Deer Heritage Golf Course on Friday, September 27!

Each golfer received a gift (this year a beautiful duffel bag), breakfast goodies, snacks, grilled hot dogs, and beverages throughout the day. There was a delicious light lunch at the end of the day. Our generous sponsors make sure our golfers are well taken care of all day long, and we invite our golfers and faith community to thank them throughout the year.

Our sponsors help the golfers have a great day golfing, but most importantly they underwrite the ministries United Churches provides in our community throughout the year. Often when asking a sponsor for a donation we hear the response that we need to have the food pantry, the Shepherd of the Streets, the nursing home and prison services and the editorials and devotions available. They all give people hope and resources every day.

Our sponsors are very generous! There were fifteen major sponsors who donated between $200 and $1,000. Thirty one hole sponsors donated $100. Twenty sponsors donated other items like artwork, jewelry and other gift items for the day, with values this year between $70 and $400. Twenty four area restaurants provided gift cards that were used to make three beautiful gift baskets. I lost count of how many times golfers would tell me how amazed they were with the overwhelming support we have throughout the community.

Tournament winners were in two categories this year.

Flight Two – Coming in second place was a team from First Church of Christ Disciples, Williamsport; Dan Aichner, Diane Pysher, Jake Pysher, and Todd Pysher. Coming in first place was a team from Messiah Lutheran Church, South Williamsport; Ed Feinberg, Barry Grove, Mike Larson, and Paul Ulrich.

Flight One – Coming in second place was a team from Muncy Baptist Church; Dave Dunmire, Matt Dunmire, Bob Rice, […]