Epiphany and Faith churches host fall fundraisers

Epiphany Catholic Church’s annual bazaar and bake sale has been a fixture at the Coon Rapids church for close to four decades.

This year’s two-day event Nov. 2 and 3 featured more than 80 crafters that filled not only the gymnasium and cafeteria, but also the hallway in between.

In addition, there was  bake sale, raffle and a room where children could shop for Christmas gifts for loved ones without them being present, lefse made on site, St. Nicholas, face painting and a cafe.

According to Sherry Egan and Barb Zeis, co-coordinators of the bazaar and bake sale, the proceeds from the event go to parish needs.

They include remodeling work in the church building, the kitchen and youth room among them, Egan and Zeis said.

“Lots of people come to the event and Saturday is the busiest day,” Egan said.

And many of the crafters come back every year because of the welcoming atmosphere, Zeis said.

Annual sharefest at Faith Lutheran Church

The mission of Faith Lutheran Church’s annual Sharefest is to raise money to help deal with the problem of hunger, both locally and in the world.

Proceeds from the 2013 “Harvest of Blessings” Nov. 2 went to the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America’s World Hunger Appeal as well as local foodshelves at the Anoka County Brotherhood Council and the Community Emergency Assistance Program.

Additional funds for the hunger project were provided by Thrivent.

Dozens of crafters with gift items filled the fellowship fall at the Coon Rapids church Saturday.

There was also a “Scandinavian Delights” table and a bake sale in the fellowship hall and an area set aside for people to eat a sloppy joe lunch cooked up and served by church members plus pie made by church members and coffee.

Outside in the church lobby, a silent auction took place and in one of the church rooms, games for children were set up.

The Women of Faith launched what was originally called a “Share Fair” back in 1981 and it has continued every year since except when the church was under construction.

Sue Baysden and Judy Lautenschlager were co-chairperson of the 2013 Sharefest.

Peter Bodley is at peter.bodley@ecm-inc.com

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