Please save the date and plan to participate! On Saturday November 17, we will hold our 17th annual, all-church fun(d)raiser. Everyone is welcome, and we look forward to including all our members, visitors, and friends. Preparations have already begun, and we could use your help. Our goal is to sustain our stellar success of last year where we hosted 700 customers, made and sold over 700 pasties, and netted more than $15,000 to support the work of our church.

This event fills the church, providing a venue for 30 local professional artisans, which encourages people to buy local for their holiday gifts. It also builds relationships both in our church and with the community. It truly is an amazing event that couldn’t be accomplished without many, many hands. Here’s how you can help right now:

Sign Up Now for Pasty-Making Dates
You don’t need to be skilled for this job! This is a great way for more People’s People to get to know each other.  We will be making about 700 pasties to freeze and sell at the Bazaar. Chef Bob Friedel will once again lead the work of making pasties. Chris in the office will help organize work crews. The first pasty sessions will be held the weekend of September 28-29. Someone who knows his/her way around the pasties will be on hand for every session so dough not let lack of experience keep you away.  You can sign up by visiting the Bazaar Table in the foyer, or emailing Chris, our church administrator, at, or by using the online SignUpGenius link on the church website.

Prepare Items for People’s Specialties
Our major “department” at the Bazaar is called People’s Specialties. It takes place in the foyer and features your handmade jams, salsas, breads, frozen entrees, cookies, candies, and small hand-crafted items (knitted items, small quilted items, photography notecards, etc.). If you can make these items ahead of time, now is a great time to start, especially while fresh produce is plentiful! If you need inspiration we will soon be posting lists of popular baked goods and frozen entree items that are needed.

White Elephant Contributions
If you can forage through your closets and basement shelves, please rescue those very nice items (no clothing, furniture, or ski equipment) to clean up, set aside, and donate for our White Elephant rooms. Housewares, decorative items, and kids’ toys have been especially popular. These will be collected the week prior to the Bazaar.

So, start that knitting or craft project, head to the market for fresh berries and tomatoes to make jars of jams or salsas, find neglected treasures to turn loose, and sign up to make pasties! All of it helps. There will be more details next month about further ways to help as well as all the different jobs that are available on the day of the Bazaar.

Contact Chris in the office or email Rochelle Habeck Hunt at if you want to get more involved.  The next meeting of the Bazaar Steering Committee is Wednesday night, September 12th at 6:30. Come join us if you’d like to know more.

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