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Church in Knowlesville trying to raise $10K for furnace fund

Provided photo: The Corfu-Pembroke Community Band will play songs picked by the highest bidder during a concert on Saturday.

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 26 October 2018 at 3:29 pm

KNOWLESVILLE –  The United Methodist Church of the Abundant Harvest will be hosting a concert and fund-raising event on Saturday with a goal to bring in enough money to replace a broken furnace at the church.

The furnace that heats the sanctuary needs to be replaced, and three other furnaces are also well used, said Marilyn J. Kasperek, pastor UMC of the Abundant Harvest.

“We don’t have money sitting aside for furnaces,” she said. “We have one down and more are aging.”

The Corfu-Pembroke Community Band will be in concert on Saturday at the church’s fellowship hall, 3622 Knowlesville Rd. The fellowship hall is across the road from the church building.

The 4 to 6 p.m. event gives concert goers an opportunity to push their favorite songs onto the concert playlist. Those donations can also begin at 2 p.m. Lively competition of donation levels for songs should keep everyone in suspense, including the band, Kasperek said.

Her husband, Ken, is the lead trumpet player for the band, which will lay 14 songs.

It will cost about $5,000 to replace the furnace for the sanctuary. Kasperek and the church would like additional funds in case the other furnaces need repairs in the near future.

“We’re trying to be proactive,” she said.

The fund-raising event on Saturday also will be beef on wick sandwiches, salt potatoes, Italian sausage with peppers and onions, and other food items will be available for purchase from to 2 to 6 p.m.

Area businesses have donated a variety of nice door prizes that those attending will have an opportunity to win.

“We’re hoping people enjoy the music and have fun at it, too,” Kasperek said.

Many have donated door prizes for the event, including Valu Home Center, Jeff Smith, Kreher’s Family Farm, Avanti Pizzeria, Alabama Food Mart, Village House in Albion, Roberts Farm Market, Abundant Harvest Pie and Gift Shop, ACE Hardware Medina, MAAC Thrift Depot, Della’s Chocolates, Panek’s Farm, Tops Markets in Medina, Mariachi De Ore Mexican Restaurant, Cheryl Babcock USBORNE, Sourced Market & Eatery, Country Club Restaurant, Linda Baker and Rudy’s.

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