The Holiday Bazaar is a signature event for our church—where everyone—members, friends, and family members—can play a part in making it happen. We hope for over 700 people to come through our doors that day. The pasty making is nearing completion—thanks to many teams of choppers, assemblers, wrappers and their faithful leader and dough makers. Now is the time to bake, craft, sign up, and spread the word. The Bazaar supports our church budget, our programs and our service to others, and helps others get to know about us. Here are some of the many ways you can help.

Request for People’s Specialties. People’s Specialties are the church’s biggest moneymaker of the Bazaar, and we would like to ask for as many donations of baked goods, frozen entrees, frozen soups, frozen casseroles, and crafts as you can possibly provide.  Your contributions will help tremendously!  An important request about your very-generous donations is that you attach a label on each item stating if the item is vegetarian, vegan or gluten-free.  Please also include a complete list of all ingredients of the food on each label.  Donations may be dropped off in the foyer, either the evening before or the morning of the Bazaar.  There is a freezer in Room 8 where you can drop off any frozen food items from now until the day of the Bazaar.  The freezers will be on the north side of the lobby on the day of the event.  Please contact Kat Westphal, westphalkathryn@gmail.com or Nancy Stern, nnc.stern@gmail.com, if you have questions.

Help promote the event! Flyers and postcards are available on the Bazaar sign-up table in the foyer. Please post at local venues/your workplace and distribute to people who might enjoy our event.  Post the link to our website page and share the Facebook event and with friends, work colleagues, neighbors, and family.  Personal invitations work best—invite people to join you for lunch in the café. If you live on a busy street or corner lot, we have some yard signs to put up Sunday, November 11th for the week before the Bazaar.

Gather gently used items to bring the week before the Bazaar for the White Elephant Rooms. Please search your closets, shelves and cabinets to find and clean those nice but unneeded household items, unused gifts, jewelry, holiday décor, toys and games for kids. No furniture, clothes, mold electronics or large athletic equipment accepted. Please bring your items to drop off after church on Sunday, November 11th in the downstairs lobby if you can. Or, drop-offs will also be accepted on Monday, Nov. 12th from 5:30-8pm,  Tuesday, Nov. 13th from 10am-2pm,  and Wednesday, Nov. 14th from 5:30-8pm.

Shop local! It’s hard to find a more interesting variety of gift items than you will find at our Bazaar. Bring your list and find the perfect choices right here from 30 local vendors.

Please don’t park at church – Take the Shuttle!
Park your car at our neighbor CenterPoint Church at 2345 N 10th St. (northwest from us) and ride in our church van with CONTINUOUS service all day, from 7:30am to 5:00pm right to our front door. Drop your things off and then park at CenterPoint. If you must park at church, please leave spaces near the front entrance for customers who will come and go during the day.

Sign up to work a shift at the Bazaar. Many people will be needed for various work shifts (generally, 2-hour shifts) on Saturday the 17th in each area (People’s Specialties, White Elephant, Café, Greeters, etc.) Please sign up at the Bazaar table in the foyer or sign up online. We will need 20-30 people plus a few vacuum cleaners needed from 3 to 5pm to clean everything up and reset the church for Sunday. Helpers of all ages are welcome!

Plan to eat in the café. The food is splendid! Morning snacks, a fabulous array of lunch items—including pasties—and homemade pies and more, will be available.

Help host our guests. Many people come to our Bazaar because they like the warm and friendly people. Please greet everyone and thank our vendors, too.

Questions? Please check with Chris in the church office or email Rochelle at habeck@chartermi.net.  Thank you very much!

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