Lord's Acre Fair Recap 2020
I wasn’t sure if fall would arrive without the Lord’s Acre Fair to usher it in, but it appears to have happened. I want to heartily thank everyone who came out and worked at the Brooks Barbecue on Saturday September 12th… what a crew we had! Parking set-up and attending, ticket selling, running to get tickets and order filling, food packers, we had a crew that couldn’t be beat! The youth contingent of helpers was wonderful, energetic, and fun to be a part of! We are so grateful for all the help!! In addition to marking the LAF weekend, we raised $3400.00 from the Barbecue! Hallelujah and Amen! Thank you again to the crew, but also to any church folks who came to purchase chicken dinners. We sold out and were cleaning up by 6:20PM!
And I wanted to provide an update to all those very generous people who made a donation in place of their attendance and purchases made at the LAF. The total received so far which was marked for LAF is $11,965.00. WOW!! Thank you! Items were also sold on Ebay from the Trustee Barn that were donated, totaling $1500. And when that is combined with the Barbecue total of $3,400.00, that brings us to $16,865.00. That is wonderful beyond expectation! Again, thank you so much for your generous support! Anyone who still wishes to donate in the name of the Fair, please make your check out to LAF and mail or drop off at the church office. You can also donate electronically through the church website (www.nybhumc.com) and clicking the Donate button. Or you can text to donate at (833)915-2499. Please specify that the donation is for the LAF fund.
And then one more amazing donation event was the Flood Bucket appeal at the Brooks Barbecue. Many thanks to the youth for approaching every car that went through the barbecue line and explaining what the Flood Bucket donations were about and who they were for. They raised over $833.00 for Flood Buckets to help with the derecho damage in Iowa and Kansas, as well as hurricane damage in Texas and Arkansas. Additional support has continued to flow in, making our current Flood Bucket total $1505.00!!
Although in the past few years, the LAF has been able to raise in excess of $40,000.00, this outpouring of generosity during this time of deep anxiety and uncertainty is really moving. Your gifts and support have allowed the church to keep all our staff fully employed, and to maintain our commitment to the greater church. This is a testimony to all of us that the Spirit of love and charity continues among us, even when the future is cloudy and some might tend to pull away from being generous and become protective of their own wants and needs. God bless your selflessness and desire to help others!
And so, even though there is cause to be worried about what the future might hold, Paul reminds the Philippians in Chapter 4:6, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” And finally, in 1st John 3:17, “If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but he has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person?” You all are ample proof that the love of God is in you. Thank you and God bless you!
For the Lord’s Acre Fair Committee