Hayes Barton United Methodist Church is getting ready for its Humble Hearts outreach, a series of events designed to help congregants love God, love each other and make a difference in the community.
During this blitz of caring, church volunteers will host three days of fundraising events. A silent auction will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9. Corporate lunch deliveries will be all day Tuesday, Nov. 15, when there will also be an evening shopping spree from 6 to 8 p.m. A Christian marketplace, luncheon and bake sale will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16.
The marketplace lunch menu this year includes homemade heart-shaped ham biscuits, chicken pasta salad, pineapple salad and homemade sugar cookies for dessert.
“You have to get in line early for the bake sale,” said Laura Kirby, bazaar chairwoman for the church. “There are many others who want to stock their freezers with their annual supply of party ham rolls, chicken tetrazzini, sausage and grits casserole, yeast rolls, macaroni and cheese and Blessed Bisque soup. The cakes and pies will have you stocked up for entertaining this holiday season.”
The marketplace shopping event includes many holiday faith-based items such as jewelry, candles, pottery, note cards, orchids, ladies’ apparel and personal items.
“New this year we have several nonprofits selling one-of-a-kind items made from women in Kenya, Uganda and Haiti,” Kirby said.
Humble Hearts fundraising is a way for Hayes Barton UMC to help the community.
“Bazaar is an opportunity for us to share our gifts and talents with a mission to generously help our neighbor near and far,” Kirby said. “Through our efforts last year we were able to donate over $40,000 to 47 local nonprofits.”
One of the nonprofits that has benefited from the outreach is Seeds of Hope Neighbor to Neighbor.
“This year we have focused on helping the mothers in our ministry,” said Jill Fletcher, executive director of Seeds of Hope Neighbor to Neighbor. “We have provided translators to assist with communicating at their children’s schools and offered tutoring and mentoring.”
Throughout the year, the families have also taken part in shopping at the State Farmers Market and the Junior League Bargain Box. There is a children’s Bible study, as well as meals and snacks donated by Chick-fil-A and Baskin-Robbins.
“Seeds of Hope N2N provides transportation to these events and for our weekly homework club for children to whom we serve dinner and provide mentors,” Fletcher said. “The UMW grant is a blessing and we put it to work in our south Raleigh neighborhoods so our families can better support and sustain themselves to be a cohesive Christian community, helping each other.
“We bring diverse cultures together in Christ’s name, and love is abundant.”
Hayes Barton United Methodist Church is located at 2209 Fairview Road, Raleigh.
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