Saturday, November 18th will be the 16th Annual People’s Church Fine Arts Sale & Holiday Bazaar! Each year our church gets transformed into a festive venue where 30 local artists sell their beautiful work, while we sell our trademark pasties and other People’s specialties, serve up savory fare from the People’s Café, and offer warm fellowship.

We hope more than 700 people will cross our threshold for that day of unique holiday shopping! Please start sharing the Bazaar date with your friends, family, neighbors, co-workers, and networks and invite them to meet you there! Flyers and social media resources will be available soon for you to use.

We need all our members and friends to make the Bazaar a huge success. Here are some upcoming work groups and volunteer roles listed below for your help. You can hop onto People’s Church website now to sign up electronically or in person at the Bazaar table in the foyer when you are at church.

Pasty Making: Making pasties is our priority for October. Last year we made about 800 pasties to freeze and sell, but that doesn’t happen without many helping hands. Sign up for an upcoming shift – we’re going to be chopping vegetables and rolling in the dough each Friday and Saturday into November. We have one shift Friday afternoons for chopping vegetables and two shifts on Saturdays to assemble and bake in the morning and then cool and wrap in the early afternoon. Sign up now to join in the pasty fellowship in the kitchen –  you don’t even need experience, we’ll show you all you need to know!

People’s Specialties: During the Bazaar, our foyer will be filled with homemade food and craft specialties. Sign up now to contribute cookies, candies, breads, pies, frozen entrees, jams, and your own specialty handmade craft or artisan items. Frozen entrees and soups are very popular! Breads and jams sell out fast! Please sign up online or in the foyer with the items you plan to make and contribute.

Baking with Rev. Rachel: Join Rev. Rachel on Sunday, October 22 from 1-3pm and help make cookies for the Holiday Bazaar. People’s people of all ages are invited to participate (with parental assistance for the youngest). Last year, we made over 200 cookies. Can we beat that record?  Sign up now.

White Elephant Sale: Bring in your nice, unwanted items! We’re looking for kids’ toys and books, baby and toddler equipment, jewelry, housewares, decorative and holiday items. Please no clothing, furniture, or ski equipment. Gather up the goods, clean and set them aside now to be ready to drop off after church on Sunday, November 12th (more details in the November newsletter). We’ll need folks to help sort, arrange and price these items in the week before the Bazaar. Please sign up for a work shift.

People’s Café: Our popular “café” is open during the Bazaar, serving up coffee, scones and sweet breads in the morning and then a delectable array of soups, sandwiches and pasties for lunch as well as desserts, fruits and beverages in the afternoon. We’re looking for cooks, servers, dishwashers, and cashiers throughout the day of the Bazaar. If this is your thing, please sign up!

Greeters: We need energetic and helpful folks to welcome people to the church, orient them quickly to our pre-planned route through the Bazaar to the cashier lines, and diplomatically help prevent loss with our basket use and package storage systems. Brief training provided Sunday November 5th after church, and Sunday November 12th before church.

Setup: We’re looking for a few strong people to help the Buildings & Grounds Committee on the Tuesday morning November 14th and Thursday late afternoon November 16th to move chairs and furniture, and clean and set up tables.

Shuttle Drivers: On Bazaar day, plan to arrive a little early, park your car up the street at CenterPoint Church and ride our church van shuttle to and from your vehicle to leave more room in our parking lot for our guests. Safe reliable drivers for the shuttle service are also needed.

Cleanup: When the Bazaar closes down, it’ll be all hands on deck to clean and reset the church for Sunday. We need 25 people and a few vacuums from 3:00 – 5:00 to get it done!

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