By Ginna Parsons
BREWER – The United Methodist Church women in Brewer are wearing out their kitchens preparing for the sixth annual bake sale, rummage sale and bazaar.
Saturday, Oct. 5, is the date for the event, which will begin at 7 a.m. in the fellowship hall at the church just off Brewer Road. The men of the church will be selling breakfast items and hamburgers and hot-dogs all morning.
“Almost everybody in the church brings something for it,” said Vicky Burleson, who is overseeing frozen foods. “Last year we had over 180 casseroles, 60 containers of soup and 35 assorted breads for sale.”
Becky Fish knows a thing or two about casserole making. Last year, she made between 70 and 80 for the event.
“I’d start making casseroles and then people would want to buy them at work, so I’d have to make more,” she said. “This year, I made 47 casseroles in one day – 34 Chicken and Wild Rice and 13 Mexican.”
For the bake sale, they’ll have big layer cakes like caramel, coconut, banana, hummingbird and chocolate; pound cakes and pies; cookies, divinity and other candies; frozen casseroles, soups and stews; and homemade breads and rolls.
Frozen casseroles include Mexican, Chicken and Wild Rice, Texas Lasagna, King Ranch, Chicken and Dressing, Chicken Spaghetti, Chicken Jalapeño Enchiladas and Baked Spaghetti. They’ll also have some healthful options available for purchase.
Some of the soups to be offered are White Chili, Taco, Chicken Corn Chowder, Cheesy Potato and Ham, and Vegetable Beef.
“The Mexican dishes are the most popular,” Burleson said. “People really like those. We’ve got so much food that we’ve gone from one freezer to four.”
The day also features a rummage sale to coincide with the annual community-wide rummage sale and a bazaar featuring handmade items.
Church member Mike Tate has crafted picture frames from wood in the choir/pulpit area of the old sanctuary to sell at the event.
“I left nail holes in some of them to add to the authenticity,” he said. “I hope they’ll appeal to people who are interested in them for where they came from.”
Tate has also made four different styles of wooden spoons out of cedar to sell. Individually they’ll run between $7 and $10 or you can buy a set of four for $31.
All proceeds from the day’s event go toward paying off the church’s building fund loan.
“In April 2011, we owed $332,475 on the loan,” said Vickie Lindsey, one of the event’s coordinators. “Currently, we owe less than $40,000.”
Part of that paydown is due to the Friday night suppers the church hosts each week, which bring in about $1,000 per night of pure profit.
“We hope the bazaar will help,” Lindsey said. “We’d like to have this paid off by Christmas.”
For more information, call (662) 767-9707 or (662) 767-3760.