When the Rev. Mr. Glen Knecht first came to Union Presbyterian Church, he was a recent seminary graduate.
Later this month, the 89-year-old retired minister will return to the congregation to help members celebrate their 94th annual homecoming.
The women at Union Presbyterian Church are known for their chicken corn soup.
But they needed another item for a fundraiser they will hold Saturday.
"We decided on apple dumplings," organizer Holly Urbine said last week. "It's a good choice because it's fall and we have apples."
The volunteers spent two days preparing and freezing the dumplings for the October 11 sale. They finished 168 pans, each containing two dumplings.
Organizers are hoping the third anniversary of Run the Good Race will reprise its inaugural success.
"We raised over $1,700 for the food bank the first year," Lori Kelley said.
Hitting a similar figure this year for the Solanco Food Bank's SWEEP program would be wonderful, she said. The SWEEP program provides weekend meals for elementary students who otherwise would not have enough to eat.
Krissy and Daryl Supplee will portray Mary and Joseph in the 34th annual Union Presbyterian Church Christmas pageant. Kayden Douglas Hadler will be Baby Jesus.
The pageant will be presented at the church, Street Rd. at Kirkwood Pike (Rt. 472), Kirkwood. The performances will be at 6:45 p.m. on December 14 and 15. Admission is free; refreshments will be served following each performance.
The pageant shares the celebration of Christmas as the miracle of the birth of Christ as presented in music, drama, and Biblical passages.
Applying lessons learned from their inaugural run, organizers hope to attract more runners to Union Presbyterian Church's second annual Run A Good Race.
They have hired professional timers because they were told that would attract more runners, organizer Lori Kelley said. "We had 152 people last year," she said. "We would like to see 300 this year."
The race began as a way to draw younger people to the church. "This is a family event. We will have music, refreshments, and other activities," Kelley said."We started it as a way to get people here and they really enjoyed it."
The Rev. Dr. David Clark expected to retire in a couple of years. Changes in his family moved that date up. Dr. Clark gave his final sermon as pastor of Union Presbyterian Church on Sunday, June 23. By the end of the month, he and his wife, Beth, will be moving to his father's home in New Castle, Pa., a community about an hour north of Pittsburgh.