Harvest Ideas 2017

Harvest Ideas 2017

From Our Families to Yours

Fall is a time of great beauty. Vibrant orange and green pumpkin patches sprawl across Wisconsin. Tree leaves transform from green to varied and delightful shades of red, orange, and yellow as countless acres of corn fields turn golden yellow.

Fall is a season for families to share a day celebrating and reflecting on the wonder of God's work and the farmers who tend the land. Many farms use this time to celebrate God's beauty with corn mazes, pumpkin picking, and fall family festival celebrations.

The Rural Life Committee members gratefully share the memorable ways they have celebrated God's wonderful blessings and bounty of Northeast Wisconsin, including the festivals, activities, recipes, prayers, and games listed below. These are just a few of the opportunities awaiting your family.

Harvest Festivals 2017Pumpkin Patches, Corn Mazes, and Fall Festivals

Whether it's picking a pumpkin or carving one, wandering through a corn maze, or getting scared in a haunted house or the Zoo Boo, the Rural Life Committee has some suggestions.


















Harvest Food 2017Thanksgiving Food Traditions

The Rural Life Committee shares tips and recipes on how to cook a large turkey, make a pumpkin pie from a real pumpkin, and other family Thanksgiving recipes.

How to Cook a Thanksgiving Turkey


Crockpot Carrots | Kathy Schmidt


Coconut Acorn Squash and Carrot Soup | Pat Kaufman


Sweet Potato Souffle | Deb Wegner-Hohensee


Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes | Kathy Schmidt


Parmesan-Rosemary Mashed Potatoes | Tony Koss


Dinner Rolls | Mary Lou Kugel


Never-Fail Rolls | Mary Lou Kugel


Oatmeal Rolls | Mary Lou Kugel


Pumpkin Pie from a Fresh Pumpkin


Cranberry Scones | Mary Lou Kugel


Lemon Poppy Seed Bread | Mary Lou Kugel


Apple Pie | Chuck Feider


Pumpkin Torte | Deb Wegner-Hohensee

Harvest Prayer 2017Thanksgiving Prayers

The Rural Life Committee offers suggestions for giving thanks to God through prayer on Thanksgiving, during the harvest, and throughout the year.

Prayer of Thanksgiving and Gratitude


Sunrise Thanksgiving Prayer from Chuck Feider


Blessing Prayer for Farm Animals


Blessing Prayer at the Completion of the Harvest


Short Thanksgiving Prayer


Garden Meditations


Being a Christian is Like Being a Pumpkin


Pumpkin Prayer

Harvest Games 2017Thanksgiving Family Fun Games

While men are watching football games on TV and women are preparing the meal, children can participate in numerous Thanksgiving-related games and activities.








Harvest Ideas 2017

Downloadable PDF of the suggestions presented on this page.

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Rural Life Essay and Drawing Contest

Students in grades 1-3, 4-5, and 6-8 are invited to write an essay or draw a picture on the theme: "What does agriculture mean to you in your daily life?" Winning entrants will receive a Culver's gift card and their entries will be published in the Rural Life Issue of The Compass. Deadline is November 17, 2017.

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Rural Life Day Celebrations 2018

Join Rural Life Day celebrations March 20, 2018, with Auxiliary Bishop-Emeritus Robert Morneau at Holy Family Parish, Brillion, and March 22, 2018, with Bishop David Ricken at Sacred Heart Parish, Shawano.

Rural Life Day 2018


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