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 “Garage Sale” 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 – affiliated with Rice and Beans Ministries – “stepped out on faith,” she said.
“The actual cost of sending the team is what we’re now paying for,” she said.
Starkville-based Nash Street held a benefit for Rice and Beans Ministries earlier this year, Tisdale said.
FUMC also has “a lot of other missions. We support 12 missionaries with a yearly stipend, Habitat for Humanity,” the church’s Loaves and Fishes ministry as well as its Prayer Quilt effort, she said.
Tisdale said: “Times are hard for everybody. It’s more critical now. The need is greater.”
Later on, she sorted through the wares supplied for the sale – they
ranged from furniture to household items and a whole array in between.
“It’s a service to people in that it’s a cheap way to furnish” a student apartment or first home, replace worn-out items or “just buy fun things,” she said.
Plus, “it keeps a lot of stuff out of the landfill,” Tisdale said.
“We take what’s left over to Palmer Home or Salvation Army, so nothing’s wasted.”
FUMC “is a really mission-oriented church. People are just really giving in this church. We appreciate the community’s support,” she said.
The church has held various events – ranging from pancake breakfasts to the garage sale and the recent Gospel Jubilee – “the community supports us overwhelmingly,” 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.
It’s open again to the public 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday.
For information, call 323-5722.