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The stack of items kept growing almost by the minute.
A dolly here, a cart there brought more items through the doors of First United Methodist Church Wednesday as organizers geared up for a â€śGarage Saleâ€ť to benefit missions Friday and Saturday.
Jacque Tisdale, sale co-chair with Lynn Berch and Anne McDonald, provided details Wednesday on the event, now in its fourth year.
The church funds a number of missions, but those who went on the Costa Rican summer mission â€“Â affiliated with Rice and Beans Ministries â€“Â â€śstepped out on faith,â€ť she said.
â€śThe actual cost of sending the team is what weâ€™re now paying for,â€ť she said.
Starkville-based Nash Street held a benefit for Rice and Beans Ministries earlier this year, Tisdale said.
FUMC also has â€śa lot of other missions. We support 12 missionaries with a yearly stipend, Habitat for Humanity,â€ť the churchâ€™s Loaves and Fishes ministry as well as its Prayer Quilt effort, she said.
Tisdale said: â€śTimes are hard for everybody. Itâ€™s more critical now. The need is greater.â€ť
Later on, she sorted through the wares supplied for the sale â€“ they
ranged from furniture to household items and a whole array in between.
â€śItâ€™s a service to people in that itâ€™s a cheap way to furnishâ€ť a student apartment or first home, replace worn-out items or â€śjust buy fun things,â€ť she said.
Plus, â€śit keeps a lot of stuff out of the landfill,â€ť Tisdale said.
â€śWe take whatâ€™s left over to Palmer Home or Salvation Army, so nothingâ€™s wasted.â€ť
FUMC â€śis a really mission-oriented church. People are just really giving in this church. We appreciate the communityâ€™s support,â€ť she said.
The church has held various events â€“ ranging from pancake breakfasts to the garage sale and the recent Gospel Jubilee â€“ â€śthe community supports us overwhelmingly,â€ť Tisdale said.
The Missions Garage Sale at FUMC will take place in the Christian Life Center beginning Friday. Admission from noon to 1 p.m. is $5 for advance sales. From 1 to 6 p.m. Friday, the sale is open to the public.
Itâ€™s open again to the public 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday.
For information, call 323-5722.