Houston’s Helpers

By GINNA PARSONS / NEMS Daily Journal

HOUSTON – First United Methodist Church women and men are busy putting the finishing touches on items as they prepare for the annual Parish Bazaar to be held Friday, Nov. 19, in the Family Life Center and the church gym.
Three charges in the parish representing 11 active churches will come together for the event, which features a day of food as well as a bazaar. All proceeds go to help seminary students with school, to pay for lay speakers at the smaller churches, and to pay off the debt on the Family Life Center, which is used by all the churches in the parish as well as various community groups.
“The bazaar is where the different charges really come together,” said Pat Thomas, one of the volunteers.
A full breakfast will be served from 6:30 to 8:30 a.m., and a $7 spaghetti lunch will be offered from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Family Life Center. WTVA’s Kay Bain will perform during lunch.
At the bazaar, which is held in the church gym, the ladies will have a Sweet Shop, where they’ll sell fresh baked goods, such as cakes, pies, breads, cookies, candies and brownies; and jams, jellies, preserves and pickles.
They’ll also have frozen casseroles, soups and breakfast items and smoked Boston butts for sale.
Homemade crafts, such as Christmas gifts, aprons, cloth books, table runners and ornaments will be for sale in the Christmas Shop. Another tent will offer kitchen aids and gadgets.
They’ll also have a Budget Boutique, featuring gently worn stylish clothing, shoes, handbags and jewelry.
“In 2009, we made $12,000 and that included the breakfast, lunch, bazaar and a rummage sale held in September,” said Glenda Nadeau, chairman.
For more information on the event, call (662) 456-2203 or write fumchouston@hotmail.com.

Ginna Parsons is the Daily Journal’s food/home/garden editor.