From staff reports
MOUNT PLEASANT MILLS - Two local churches collaborated to fight hunger worldwide during the Lenten season.
The youth of St. Paul (Leiningers) Lutheran Church and Zion (Arbogasts) Lutheran Church, in Mount Pleasant Mills, challenged each congregation to raise $250 for the Buck-a-Chick program.
Youth members of Zion Lutheran Church are, from left, front, Andrew Brown and Jard Frantz; back, Grace Spiglemyer, Addison Yerg, the Rev. Vickie Brown (dressed as a chicken), Aubrie Klose, Taylor Brown and Sidney Yerg.
Youth members of St. Paul Lutheran Church are, from left, Taylor Brown, Wyatt Nipple, the Rev. Vickie Brown, Brianna Frymoyer, Ben Gerhart and Cole Bingman.
Photos submitted by THE REV. VICKIE BROWN
Buck-a-Chick is part of America's World Hunger program through the Evangelical Lutheran Church. Members of the congregation donated one dollar that will buy a chick for someone in need. The families that receive chicks are taught to care for them, raise them and collect the benefits of eggs and meat that they provide.
The youth of Zion and St. Paul made a deal with their pastor, the Rev. Vickie Brown. If each congregation met their goal of $250, Brown had to dress in a homemade chicken costume and perform the chicken dance for each congregation.
Both congregations met their goal, and Brown danced on Palm Sunday. More than 500 chicks will be purchased through ELCA World Hunger.