Here’s what one student ministry is doing in their community to help fund relief efforts to the Gulf region. Read a clip from the Durham News on the blog, head there for the complete story:

The second annual Pumpkin Patch, with more than 600 pumpkins, will open today on the church grounds at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 1200 W. Cornwallis Road.

The youth ministry at the church is sponsoring the patch, which will keep regular hours from today through Oct. 31. Profits from the sale will be used for mission trips by church youth and for hurricane relief on the Gulf Coast.

All sizes of pumpkins will be sold, along with a variety of gourds and Indian corn. The pumpkins came from the farms of Native Americans in New Mexico, who ship their harvest to churches and civic groups throughout the country.

Diane Archer, minister of education and youth, said the patch went well last year and turned into a fellowship event with members of all ages helping out with the chores.

“We also met many people in the community,” she said. “Someone from a daycare center bought 100 of the mini-pumpkins that are called ‘spookies’ to give to each of the children.”