Just like Santa and his elves, the Episcopal Church Women of All Saints Episcopal Church have been busy getting ready for the holidays. Their annual ECW Marketplace will be held 9 a.m.3 p.m. Saturday at the church, which is located at 1708 Watson Boulevard.
Linda Christie, one of the organizers of the event, said the marketplace is a wonderful opportunity to do some early Christmas shopping while helping some great causes as well.
Local vendors will be on hand and there will be a room filled with crafts made by ECW members and upscale attic items donated by parishioners. There will be a bake sale with homemade goodies, again provided by the ECW members. Lunch, which will consist of a choice of potato soup or vegetable soup and sandwich, will also be sold.
The ECWs famous casseroles that were ordered earlier in the fall can be picked up that day, but for those of you that didnt get your request in, never fear. Any extra casseroles will also be sold at the ECW marketplace.
The list of vendors attending the ECW Marketplace is quite extensive and the market will have everything from jewelry to barbecue sauce, candles, coffees, kitchen items, handmade sock monkeys and more.
Proceeds from the ECW Marketplace help to support the activities of the ECW and the donations that the organization makes to the community. Last year, donations were made to Cherished Childrens Daycare facility, the Phoenix Center and Gateway Cottage. The church women also donated money to the principals discretionary funds at local elementary and middle schools and to the Crossroads Center for assistance to children and families at their schools facing emergency situations. They provided gift certificates for Thanksgiving baskets prepared by the church to purchase meat for the dinner. Donations within the church include money to the Food Pantry, Ladies Softball Team, the Shawl Ministry and the Rectors Discretionary Fund.