Sharing Their Best

The ladies at Brewer United Methodist Church had such success last year with their bake sale, bazaar and rummage sale that they’ve decided to do it again this year.
Saturday, Oct. 3, is the date for the event, which will begin at 7 a.m. in the fellowship hall at the church just off Brewer Road.
For the bake sale, they’ll have big layer cakes like caramel, coconut, banana, red velvet, apple and banana; pound cakes; pecan, chess, chocolate chess and sweet potato pies; divinity and old-fashioned peanut brittle; cookies, brownies and cinnamon rolls; frozen casseroles, soups and stews; and homemade breads and rolls.
“We have this white chocolate bread that’s real popular and last year, one of the ladies who bought some said, ‘I know this is what we’ll eat in heaven,’” said Vickie Lindsey, the event coordinator.
Small frozen casseroles will run $8 to $12 while the larger ones will bring $15 to $20. Frozen soups will be $6 to $7 per container and large layer cakes will be priced between $20 and $40.
Some of the most popular casseroles are chicken and rice, Mexican casserole, baked cheese spaghetti, chicken spaghetti, chicken Ro-tel and chicken and dressing. Soups will include tomato, taco soup and vegetable, as well as white chili and beef stew.
The church’s new cookbook, “Sharing Our Best,” with 450 recipes, will also be available for $10.
And if all that fresh and frozen food whets your appetite, you can munch on burgers and barbecue that the men of the church will be preparing and selling Saturday.
The bazaar will feature items like small and large picture frames, candle stands, oversized decorative initials to hang on front doors, crocheted items, decorated dishtowels, scarves and handmade jewelry.
The rummage sale will offer a variety of items.
“Last year, we had everything from a wedding dress to bicycles,” Lindsey said.
All proceeds from the event will go toward Phase 2 of the building program, which includes a new fellowship hall and classrooms. In 2008, the $5,000 the ladies raised went toward the building of a new sanctuary.
“This thing started out as a women’s club function, but soon the whole church fell in,” Lindsey said. “They gave their support and made stuff and brought stuff and worked.”
Lindsey said the group chose Oct. 3 as the date for the event because that’s a communitywide yard sale day.
“About 20 families in the community have yard sales that day, so we thought people could just dash from one to another to us,” she said. “We don’t know if picking this day is a good thing or a bad thing. I guess we’ll see.”

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