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    Posted June 24, 2013 by
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    The day the sheep came to church

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     John J. Levesque snapped these photos on June 16 at First Church of Christ in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. Levesque says he was overjoyed to see church members rally for Fill the Ark, a fundraiser for Heifer International and final activity for the church's children's education week. 'The sheep were baaing during morning services and during the event,' he says. 'When I was sitting in services I closed my eyes and was thinking this must have been what it was like back in the 1700 and 1800’s in old New England.'
    - jccarp, CNN iReport producer

    During the month of May the loving members and families of First Church of Christ in Pittsfield, Massachusetts came together and participated in Heifer Internationals Fill the Ark program to provide real-life solutions to end world hunger and to show that one person, one family, and one congregation can make a difference in today’s world. The first week, Fill the Ark calendars and banks were passed out to all. Each week there after the Fill the Ark banks were emptied into a jar with the goal of collecting enough money for two sheep. At the end of the four weeks enough funds were raised to purchase four sheep and several chickens. What a success! As an incentive to the children young and old, the Pastor of our church agreed to kiss one sheep for each sheep donated. This is a Pastor that stands by what he preaches and he kissed all four sheep brought to the church after Sunday services! This event has filled our faith community’s heart with loving joy and we know it will help Heifer International provide self-sustaining nourishment and clothing to families in need. Ultimately the four sheep can breed and provide for a whole community. Thank you Heifer International for allowing First Church of Christ to help you end poverty by helping people help themselves.

     

    Loving Congregation
    First Church of Christ
    Pittsfield, Massachusetts

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