Tis the season to start shopping, and some of the best shopping around is at the Mount Calvary Lutheran Church bazaar.
Hosted by the Lutheran Women’s group, the Nov. 18 bazaar is a major fundraiser for the group’s mission work.
“We help the Rainbow house here in Warner Robins and we just make 500 fleece blankets and donated them through Project Linus to the Children’s Hospital in Macon and the Houston Medical Center,” said Nancy Branscom, a member of the Lutheran Women’s group and a charter member of Mount Calvary.
Other missions projects of the group include making donations to Family Promise, sending Christmas boxes to the military, making mats for the homeless and pillowcase dresses for children in Sudan, making donations to clothes closets in Warner Robins, and helping to prevent sex trafficking.
The group also helps fund the youth group’s annual summer mission trip. Last year youth from the church went to Cincinnati, Ohio, where they repaired homes for elderly, worked in a soup kitchen and helped distribute groceries to the needy.
“They do something every second of the day while they are on the mission trip,” Branscom said.
Every item sold at the Christmas bazaar is handmade by church members, and Branscom said it was the 35th year of the bazaar. The women start in January making things for the bazaar, absorbing the costs of making the items themselves so everything sold is profit and can be used for missions.
The items for sale include homemade goodies — jellies, pies, cakes, brownies, cheesecakes, cookies, bread, and of course — their famous cheese straws.
100 dozen cheese straws will be available at $3.50 a dozen, and for the first time, there will be a hot variation to the cheese straws.
“Some we added cayenne pepper to them. People suggested it last year, and when people suggest things we always try to see if we can do it,” Branscom said.
Other items include Christmas decorations, wooden bowls, items for the home and items for college students. Special music will be provided by Hayden and Levi Crook - 7th graders from Westfield School. Hayden will be playing the banjo; Levi will be playing the violin. Breakfast and lunch will be available for purchase - this year the menu for lunch includes Potato soup and African Peanut soup.
The Mount Calvary Christmas bazaar will be held Nov. 18 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The church is at 336 Carl Vinson Parkway in Warner Robins.
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