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Church has harvest fest at new site
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For the fourth consecutive year, the Fellowship of Love Worship Center Church of God in Christ of Allenhurst had a Community Harvest Fest on Halloween. This year, however, the fest was Friday at the future site of church’s new sanctuary in Midway.
A few years ago, Fellowship of Love purchased more than 100 acres near Midway to erect the “city of love.”
“This year’s community fest will be the first time being held on our new property,” said Lavonia “Peggy” Lecounte, who serves as the program chairperson for fest. No stranger to coordinating large events, LeCounte also coordinates the annual back to school rally in Riceboro’s Briar Bay Park.
 “Every year, the Community Harvest Fest gets a little bigger, and this year we are expecting 500 plus. Last year, we had 500 plus, and we are expecting even more this year, especially since it is being held at our new location,” LeCounte said. “This is another way of reaching out to the community. We want to share our love with the community.  This is our biggest community outreach, and we are trying to reach as many people as possible. Members from our sister church in Savannah will also be joining us for the fest.”
“The kids are in a safe environment, and we explain to them why we don’t go out and trick-or-treat,” LeCounte said.  “People are excited about coming and bringing their children. They are expecting to have a good time. I have been receiving many comments about the event.”
In addition to providing treats for children, food and clothes were be given away to help those in need.
“People will also have the opportunity to win various prizes. Last year we gave away two televisions, four bikes, and the pastor gave money. One lady won a bike and television,” Lecounte said. “Many people have been involved in making this annual community harvest fest a success. We have participation from Liberty Clean and Beautiful and Liberty County recycling departments. They provided bags to put candy in and stickers for the children. Chemtal in Riceboro provided water and the use of a tent. The Liberty County Sheriff’s Department will provide security and traffic direction.”
 “The Community Harvest Fest is successful due to the support of the various care group leaders in the church and the participation of everyone,” said LeCounte.
 “Our church’s motto is, ‘We are changing lives through the power of love.’ We have wonderful leaders,” LeCounte said.
Dr. Larry S. Murray Sr. serves as the pastor of Fellowship of Love Worship Center Church of God in Christ. Dr. Mary W. Murray is his wife.
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