In 1981, taking a program idea from the American Lutheran Church Women education materials, Women of Faith launched the first Share Fair at Faith Lutheran Church, Coon Rapids.
The plan was to bring garden produce and preserves to Women of Faith’s regular meeting, sell them and give all the proceeds to world hunger through the ALC Hunger Appeal.
The idea grew as the planning proceeded and by Share Fair Day, Oct. 30, Women of Faith had an exciting church festival with garden produce, baked goods and hand-crafted items to sell, demonstrations on ethnic foods, quilting, woodcarving, wheat weaving and Christmas tree ornaments, according to Cheryl Alvarez, church member.
Faith’s Bread for the World chapter served home-baked bread and provided information concerning hunger in the world, Alvarez said.
Over $2,000 was raised for world hunger that day, beginning a tradition that has continued for over 30 years, with over $115,000 raised – $15,000 last year alone, she said.
Under the current co-leadership of Sue Baysden and Judy Lautenschlager, a huge team of loyal members who come back year after year and all of Faith’s community, it is still going strong, Alvarez said.
“Every year since 1981, except for the times when our church was under construction, our congregation has put our faith in action by doing something for the very real problem of hunger in our community and worldwide,” she said.
This year’s event will take place Saturday, Nov. 2 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.