Church group prepares for benefit sale

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By EMOKE BEBIAK

neighborhoods@columbiamissourian.com

When donating clothes to overseas missionaries, there’s a crucial element that needs to be covered: postage. To raise money for shipping fees, a group of women at the Evangelical Free Church gathered Wednesday morning to prepare for a benefit sale. The items will be sold at the Crafts Bazaar on Saturday, Nov. 13, at the Community United Methodist Church.

The 14 women working on filling jars with cookie and soup mixes are members of Peacemakers, a group at the Evangelical Free Church associated with White Cross, a national missions organization.

The Peacemakers have made dresses, boys’ shorts and sheets that will go to mission sites mostly in Africa. The upcoming Crafts Bazaar will help the group raise money to pay for shipping fees, which is $2.50 per pound.

At the bazaar, Peacemakers will sell soup and cookie mixes and ready to eat sweets, all in decorated jars and bags. Besides the food items, embroidered hand towels, snap bags and kitchen towels will also be for sale.

Peacemakers leader Elaine Omdal said many people buy these as gifts.

“We hope many people will come and find things, so we can support our missionaries,” Omdal said.

Bazaar preparations started in June, said Omdal. She started compiling recipes for the soup and cookie mixes and also brainstormed how to decorate the jars. In August, Peacemakers began to work on the packaging: they cut ribbons and prepared tags.

“This takes more time than I ever expected,” said Omdal, adding that being retired lets her donate much of her time to the ministry.

The bazaar will be 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13, at 3301 West Broadway.

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