The Duncan Banner
First United Methodist Church of Duncan will be hosting the Ministerial Alliance’s annual Thanksgiving service today but this year, First United Methodist will add an element of fellowship and shopping to the event with their holiday bazaar.
The church has been planning this event since July and started creating items for the event shortly after.
“These items have been created by our congregation,” First United Methodist Church’s Financial Secretary Sue Gibbonns said. “We want people to have a nice afternoon and see the items that were made for them. They can drink some coffee, be in the new facilty and stay for the community Thanksgiving service.”
The holiday bazaar will run from 11:30 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, in the First United Methodist Center.
“Right now, we have 263 items,” Gibbons said. “The prices range from $1 for handmade Christmas ornaments to $200 for a handmade cedar chest and our most expensive item is $285 for a 16-inch by 20-inch oil painting.”
Gibbons expects to get another 100 before the items for the sale.
“The artwork that has been created is amazing,” she said. “I cannot believe what individuals can do when you ask them to create something from their heart. I have been deeply moved and wonderfully surprised.”
Gibbons said the highlight of the show will be the baked goods with items such as homemade bread, homemade salsa and homemade frozen casseroles. The casseroles will remain in the freezer until the visitors purchase them. They will be ready for buyers to take home and bake.
There will also be a hand sewn, hand-quilted quilt up for auction on Sunday. The quilt was donated to the church by a anonymous former staff member at the church. She served with the church for 60 years. This is the only item that is up for auction.
Gibbons said the last bazaar similar to this event happened about 27 years ago and that this event is possible this year because of the new First United Methodist Center. This will be the church’s fourth activity in the new center in the past 60 days.
“We have literally welcomed thousands of people into our center,” she said. “We are so happy. We just love using it. We love to invite people in.”
The church has held Noodle Dinner, Trunk-R-Treat and the Election Day Pancake Feast. The proceeds from this event will go towards helping the church’s budget after the events this fall and summer and will help with future events at the church.
“The proceeds will stay at the church,” Gibbons said. “The congregation is doing it to have these funds stay at the church. All the money will stay at First United Methodist to support our various church projects to assist with all of these things that we have done this fall and in the summer months.”
After the community Thanksgiving service, the First United Methodist Center will be opened back up for pie, coffee and fellowship time. If there are lots of remaining items from the bazaar, they will open the bazaar up again.
“We are really just looking forward to everyone being her with us,” Gibbons said. “We hope that everyone can walk away with something.”