Thanksgiving Dinners and Joint Music Programs with Harvest Christian
From the relationship that formed between Harvest Christian Fellowship and OPPC, musical collaborations between music directors Michael Pietranczyk (OPPC) and Maurice Woolfolk (HCF) began in 2012. Following a Thanksgiving Dinner attended by both congregations, Pietranczyk and Woolfolk began planning musical events combining forces from both congregations. On February 24, 2013, OPPC hosted the first Black History Celebration, a yearly event traditionally held at Harvest Christian Fellowship. Musicians from both OPPC and Harvest Christian presented a program of spirituals, jazz, blues, and gospel music, celebrating African-Amerianc musical heritage and its influence on American sacred and popular music. This program has become an annual event much enjoyed by our congregations.
In addition, each Fall the ReGeneration Praise Band from OPPC joins with Woolfolk and the Praise Singers of Harvest Christian Fellowship providing music for their outdoor Fall Festival. This event provides an opportunity for residents near Harvest Christian Fellowship to come and enjoy a free picnic lunch, raffle of home goods and appliances, receive free food and clothing. The Orchard Park Mission committee sponsors entertainment for the children and youth who attend the event. It's a wonderful outreach event for the less fortunate of our inner city.
Lastly, following Thanksgiving of 2014, members of both congregations began a program known as "Operation: Share the Harvest." The goal of the program was to provide Thanksgiving meals for 40 families near Harvest Christian Fellowship who have loved ones who are homebound, and may not be able to take advantage of other meal programs that are offered in the city. Our congregations came together and jointly prepared food for nearly 200 people, and had it ready for pick-up, or delivered the meals to those who needed them. The program was very successful, and was repeated in 2015, and will likely continue to be a program offered each year for those who may not have the opportunity to enjoy a home-cooked, Thanksgiving meal.
May God continue to bless our relationship with Harvest Christian Fellowship, and the good we seek to do for our local communities.