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Harvest Hoedown at Mississippi College Welcomes Mustard Seed

Mississippi College senior Morgan Barber of Meridian, Mustard Seed community relations director Del Harrington and MC junior Rachel Autrey of Birmingham, Alabama are pictured at the first annual Harvest Hoedown at MC's Alumni Gym. Barber and Autrey are leaders with Kappa Delta Pi, the education honor society sponsoring the November 4 event.

Special needs adults at Mustard Seed showcased their artwork, danced, and made new friends at Mississippi College.

About 150 MC students greeted the visiting Seedsters at the first annual Harvest Hoedown at Alumni Gym. Open to the public, the lively Monday evening activity raised $415 for the Christ-centered ministry.

“We had a great turnout and most importantly, we got the opportunity to create memories for Mississippi College and Mustard Seed,” says MC junior Rachel Autrey of Birmingham, Alabama.

With the outside of Alumni Hall decorated with Autumn pumpkins and bundles of straw, the new event was a smash hit with a photo booth, music, T-shirts on sale and time for fellowship. Students anticipate a repeat performance on the Clinton campus next fall.

Many MC students walked into Alumni Gym decked out in wide-brimmed cowboy hats and tall western boots as they embraced members of the Mustard Seed family.

“I am excited to see how we can further grow this relationship and support the wonderful things happening at Mustard Seed,” Autrey said.

Autrey is a member of Kappa Delta Pi, the education honor society at Mississippi College sponsoring the three-hour hoedown. Tickets costing $3 each helped raise funds for the Christian ministry.

Rachel often volunteers with special needs adults at Morrison Heights Baptist Church in Clinton. Rachel and her friend Morgan Barber, an MC senior from Meridian, the Kappa Delta Pi president, both have a heart for special needs children and adults. The two students serve as Mustard Seed volunteers. They combined forces with other education majors to make the entertaining event a success.

Mustard Seed appreciates the solid support from scores of MC students, says Del Harrington, community relations director for the non-profit organization off Luckney Road in Brandon.

Founded in 1981, Mustard Seed and Mississippi College have enjoyed a close relationship over the years and this Harvest Hoedown in early November just strengthened the partnership, organizers say.

For more information, contact Del Harrington at Mustard Seed at 601.992.3556.

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