St. Francis in the Fields Episcopal Church, Zionsville, has cancelled its annual Pumpkin Place because of lack of pumpkins.
A wet June prevented the farmers who supply the St. Francis pumpkin patch from planting seeds. Funds from the Pumpkin Patch contribute to outreach programs supported by the church. Among other projects last year, the Pumpkin Patch helped to donate 189 Thanksgiving pies for The Caring Center and 462 holiday bags for Hattie B. Stokes Elementary School students. Yet the lack of pumpkins won’t mean a lack of giving.
“We’re going to continue to fund those programs,” said Rev. C. Davies Reed. “As Christians we’re committed to doing that.”
The church will collect supplies and monetary donations for outreach at its annual Pet Blessing at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 6. All pets are welcome to the special outdoor service if they are leashed or in a carrier. Pet photos are also welcome. The blessing is open to all.
Last year more than 900 pumpkins and 500 mini pumpkins and gourds were sold. Hopes are high that next year the pumpkin will rebound for the 14th year of the Pumpkin Place.
St. Francis in the Fields Episcopal Church on Mulberry Street in Zionsville welcomes everyone.