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Johns Creek Presbyterian Church Pumpkin Patch returns

Pumpkins fund church missions

Trisha Buice, left, and Angela Baker are volunteers at the Johns Creek Presbyterian Church Pumpkin Patch on Bell Road that has about a quarter-acre of pumpkins just ripe for carving. HATCHER HURD/Staff. (click for larger version)
October 15, 2013
JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – Big pumpkins, little pumpkins and all sizes of pumpkins in between are waiting at the Johns Creek Presbyterian Church Pumpkin Patch on Bell Road.

Open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and noon to 8 p.m. on Sunday, this patch has all your fall celebrating needs. In addition to the pumpkins, they have cornstalks and hay bales, Indian corn and gourds, scarves, jewelry, baked goods and handmade crafts.

Best of all are the activities for the children.

"We get busloads of preschool children here for field trips. They just love it. We have games, and they love to look at so many pumpkins," said volunteer Angela Baker.

Her pumpkin partner Trisha Buice said they sell quite a few pumpkins as well – more than $11,000 last year. The money goes to fund church missions, the church's music ministry and youth trips, she said.

"We love it when the kids come out. They get a big kick out of picking out just the right pumpkin," Buice said.

The church's music ministry established the first JCPC Pumpkin Patch in 2007, and it was an immediate success. That year it sold more pumpkins (gross sales) than any other first-year patch except one, Baker said.

This year, the church wants to use some of the money it raises to build a Habitat House.

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