Thursday, October 17, 2013
Grace United Methodist Church’s mission group is getting ready for its annual bazaar. The event offers items such as handmade hats, scarves and other accessories, and will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 23, at the church’s Wesley Center from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The group’s name is GIFTS, which stands for Gathering in Fellowship to Share. Its annual bazaar began four years ago and always features items that GIFTS members make during devotional fellowships. GIFTS meets the second and fourth Wednesday morning of each month at 10 a.m. and every Wednesday night at the Wesley Center.
“We’re a mission group, and we make our items with donated materials,” Mary Jane Wisenbaker, one of the group’s members. “We always enjoy making items for our bazaar because we make them during a time of fellowship.”
The group makes the items that are knitted, crocheted and sewn. After the items are sold at the bazaar, the money raised will help GIFTS make monetary contributions to the church and also fund outreach opportunities such as mission trips.
In addition, the group will be joined by the United Methodist Woman who will be having a bake sale. Much like the bazaar, money raised from the bake sale will also go to help support mission trips.
The group has supported several mission trips including taking dresses and shorts to Honduras, hats and scarves to Bolivia and eye glass cases to Haiti. With the Bolivia trip, missionaries also help construction efforts. Locally, the group makes items for the MCG nursery, baby blankets for the health department and Christmas projects for a children and women’s home and in Columbia.
“It’s amazing how God has blessed us,” Wisenbaker added. “We try to have things on hand, so, when we identify a need, we can provide it. Our ladies are so talented and creative, and it’s so amazing how our bazaar and mission projects all start with our devotions here in our church.”
Derrek Asberry is a beat reporter with the Aiken Standard news team and joined the paper in June. He is originally from Vidalia, Ga., and graduated from Georgia Southern University with a journalism degree in May 2012.