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United Methodist Church of the Dunes holds 'Holly Berry Bazaar'
United Methodist Church of the Dunes holds 'Holly Berry Bazaar'

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.—The general public is invited to attend the “Holly Berry Bazaar” at United Methodist Church of the Dunes Friday, November 1  and Saturday, November 2.

This year’s bazaar will feature a cookie walk, bake sale, silent auction and six large booths filled with items handmade by the United Methodist Women’s guild, to help people get in the mood for Christmas and the holidays.  Booths include:

  •   “Holly Berry Christmas”―featuring hand-fashioned ornaments, stockings, pillows, candles    and wall hangings bearing Christmas and holiday trimming.
  • “Potpourri”—featuring children’s clothing, toys, home runners, pillows and hand towels.
  • “Gifts From the Heart”―featuring soup mixes, dip mixes, bird feeders, hand lotions and note pads.
  • “Homespun Gifts”―featuring knit, crocheted and felted items:  scarves, hats, gloves, mittens, baby wearables, flowers to pin on clothing, plus American Girl doll hats and shawls.
  • “Nature Nook”―featuring silk and dried floral arrangements with hydrangea and bittersweet flowers, wreaths, plus fall and specialized Christmas arrangements.
  • “Attic Treasures”―featuring “gently-used” Christmas ornaments, jewelry, dishes, nick-knacks, collectibles and figurines.

The Holly Berry Bazaar will run Friday, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, from 9 a.m. to noon.  The church is located at 717 Sheldon Rd. and admission is free.

On Friday, November 1, a luncheon will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Grilled chicken with poppy seed salad, dessert and beverage is available for $8 per person.   A dinner is also served the same day from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.  Attendees can purchase a pulled pork sandwich, baked beans, coleslaw, chips, brownie and a beverage for $7 per adult or $4 per child.

“For years, our bazaar has been held every two years and that helps us work on hand-crafted items during the year that cannot be purchased commercially.  All items are made by the church women with love,” said Bonnie Buckley, United Methodist Women’s guild member.

All proceeds raised will be used to support the social missions of the church.  Local missions the church supports include:  Loving Spoonfuls Soup Kitchen, CROP Hunger Walk, Tri-Cities Ministries Counseling, Love INC, First Priority of the Lakeshore, Mission for Area People (MAP) food pantry and supper house for the under-served, Tri-Cities Area Habitat for Humanity and Family Promise of the Lakeshore.

 Anyone interested in receiving further information about the event should contact Bonnie Buckley, event spokeswoman at (616) 842-0472 or the church, at (616) 842-7980.

The mission of the UMC-Dunes is “to be a church with outstretched arms demonstrating the caring of Christ to each other, the community, and the world by encouraging growth in grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ, challenging and equipping all to be faithful disciples for the transformation of the world.” 

 Founded in 1873, UMC-Dunes moved to its present location at 717 Sheldon Road, Grand Haven in February 1961.  The church provides a variety of community outreach ministries to women, children, men and families in the area, offers membership in its United Methodist Men and United Methodist Women groups, plus book and bible studies, a weekly creative arts and crafts group, participation in Coast Guard Festival, plus Christian service projects to ministries in Panama and Haiti.  Children’s, youth and adult educational programs, book study groups, arts and crafts groups, plus weekly Wednesday evening dinners are provided throughout the year.  For further information about UMC-Dunes or church membership, contact the church’s administrative office at (616) 842-7980.