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Presbyterian Women selling pecans
Pictured with samples from the pecan orchards of Georgia’s Schermer Pecans are members of Presbyterian Women who are selling the pecans during the month of September. From left standing: the Rev. Kathie Luke, Sarah Emerson, Nancy Schuetz, Pam Sweeney, Judy Fox, Jean Dringmann, Jan Bonine, Sharon Buresh, Vi Hiss, Carol Woodmansee and Nancy Swafford; seated: Sharon East.

During the month of September, Presbyterian Women are continuing their long tradition of selling pecans from the Schermer Pecan Orchard in Georgia. Pecans from the Schermer Orchards have been planted, grown, hand-selected, freshly shelled and candied by a family business for over 70 years.

Sponsors said the delicious specialty pecans are packaged in colorful decorative bags which make them perfect for gift giving at holidays and year round. The pecans provide a healthy, nutritional benefit for all who eat them. They are high in antioxidants, they help lower cholesterol and combined with a healthy low-carb diet can help prevent coronary heart disease.

This year the one-pound bags of halves and medium pieces popular for cooking and baking will be sold for $12 a package. The specialty varieties this year will include milk-chocolate covered, dark-chocolate covered, cinnamon glazed, plain sugar glazed, and chocolate caramel clusters. They will be sold for $11 a package. Orders can be taken by any Presbyterian Woman or by calling the church office at 792-2594.

Each year the Presbyterian Women’s pecan sales enable them to  fund a wide variety of local philanthropic organizations including the Family Crisis Center, the Salvation Army Store, the Dream Center, Emergency Aid, Sunflower Early Childhood Center and Juvenile Justice Services. Proceeds also go to Presbyterian Children’s Services mission and other National Presbyterian mission projects.