Churches to work together on bazaar

| November 3, 2014

COSHOCTON – St. John’s United Church of Christ may no longer have its own building, but that is not stopping the congregation from continuing on with a popular tradition.

Members of the church are planning their first joint bazaar with Central Christian Church from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5, at Central Christian Church, which is located on the corner of Main and Eighth streets.

“The two churches have been worshiping together, but since we closed our building (in July) we figured we wouldn’t do the bazaar,” said Kay Dunfee, who has been a part of St. John’s since 1982. “We had people tell us they’d miss it so we thought we’d see if Central Christian was open to us having it there and they were very open to the idea.”

St. John’s started having bazaars in 1968 or 1969, and Dunfee said she’s been told it was the first one ever in the county.

“We used to have a lot of hand crafted items because we had a craft group,” she said. “We don’t have as much now, but we still have some. We always have lots of baked goods though and this year we will have new things from the Central Christian congregation.”

Shoppers also will find knitted and crochet items, Christmas decorations, ornaments and more. They also can expect the same great food that was served at St. John’s for years.

“Our chicken sandwiches and potato soup were always big sellers,” Dunfee said. “If we ran out of potato soup people were very disappointed.”

Pie and coffee will be available starting at 9 a.m. and lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Supper will not be served like it had at past St. John’s bazaars. For carryout call 622-2208.

“The bazaars are a lot of hard work, but we laugh a lot and enjoy welcoming the public to our church,” Dunfee said. “Some of the people you knew you’d see there year after year and some would come for lunch and back for supper.”

Proceeds from the bazaar will be divided between the two congregations for their mission projects.

“Central Christian has just opened their arms to us,” Dunfee said. “We are just so blessed to be able to worship with them. We are looking forward to working with them on the bazaar.”

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I started my journalism career in 2002 with a daily newspaper chain. After various stops with them, I am happy to be back home! I graduated from Coshocton High School in 1998 and received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 2002 from Walsh University. I also earned several awards while working for daily papers, including being honored by Coshocton County’s veterans for the stories I wrote about them. I am honored and ready to once again shine a positive light on Coshocton County. I also am the proud mother of a little girl named Sophia!

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