The Pumpkin Patch is a 30 year tradition going strong! Can you believe it? Youth who sold pumpkins during those early years are now serving in the patch with their own youth!
That’s why I believe TUMC’s Pumpkin Patch is more than just a youth ministry fundraiser—it’s a place where neighbors and friends come to experience true community, mark the passage of time, and share the love of God with neighbors, near and far.
Autumn may have officially started a few weeks ago, but here in Austin it usually takes a little longer before things cool down and it actually starts to feel like the fall.
With most of the year behind us and the holiday season just on the horizon, autumn is a time when many people reflect on the past and dream about the future. These seasonal transformations remind us that time is passing and nothing stays the same forever.
The Pumpkin Patch has always been a special place where neighbors and friends come together to reminisce and make new memories—work a shift in the patch and you’ll see people taking baby photos, family photos, couples photos, and more. I can’t tell you how many times someone has told me that for them, autumn does not officially start until our lawn is covered in pumpkins.
The Pumpkin Patch looks quite a bit different than it did 30 years ago.
There are new buildings, new technologies, and a whole heck of a lot more pumpkins. However, the purpose of the Pumpkin Patch has always been the same: it is an opportunity to share the love of God with neighbors near and far. All proceeds from the Pumpkin Patch support youth missions and programming, and thanks to the patch, we have been able to send youth to serve all over the world—whether it was serving meals in downtown Austin or working with our ZOE Vision group in Dora, Zimbabwe.
Did you know that in sub-Saharan Africa, the pumpkin is at the heart of communal life? Indeed it is life—in the form of food and a nourishing conversation over the meal. Pumpkins are a gift that connects us to God and to others. When someone shows up at the patch, it is our opportunity to share love, serve others, and make them feel right at home.
I hope you’re able to visit the patch and see how much joy people can get from such a simple, orange gourd. Or better yet, visit our website to sign up for a shift working in the patch and enter into a thirty year tradition of sharing the love of God with neighbors in the church, across the city, and throughout the world!