Churches glean corn for SoSA


The congregations of Harrisville United Methodist Church and Rexford UMC participated in a Society of St. Andrews’ corn gleaning on June 26. 

A group of 22 church members and friends gleaned more than 10,000 ears of corn. Upon their return to Simpson and Rankin counties, the church members distributed the corn to those in their communities who were in need of additional food. Part of the corn went to the patrons of Ms. Ann’s Cupboard, a local food pantry serving the residents of the area.

This is the second year for the two congregations to participate in a gleaning event. 

“There is such a need in this rural area for our churches to participate in this. We are happy to be able to do this as a mission project for both churches. Pulling the corn is the tough part – giving it away is the fun part,” said the Rev. Larry Sappington, pastor of both churches.

“With the lack of rain in our area over the last three months, folks’ gardens are not producing. Being able to provide folks with good, quality produce is a Godsend. We were amazed to realize that we gleaned around 10,000 ears of corn and it only took us about 2 1/2 hours to do it.”

Both congregations participated in the SoSA event at Annual Conference and distributed those vegetables to the community.