Tooling up for a new year
Organizers know they will have to work hard to beat the success of the 2019 Nuts 'n Bolts sale at Middle Octorara Presbyterian Church.
"Last year we made as much as we ever made," organizer Dan Henry said of the event that drew 18 vendors.
There won't be any changes in the way members of Middle Octorara Presbyterian Church run its annual collection point for Operation Christmas Child.
And that's a good thing, said congregation member and organizer Dan Henry.
"It's a very worthwhile program. It brings joy and smiles to the children's faces and it helps spread the gospel," he said.
Annual craft fair to be held Nov. 2
There are still a couple of tables available for Middle Octorara Presbyterian Church's annual sale craft sale.
The church women do not charge a table rental fee, organizer Shirley Miller said. Crafters have to contribute one item each for door prizes which are given out every half hour.
Organizers will be making more mashed potatoes when they prepare for Middle Octorara Presbyterian Church's 12th annual turkey supper.
"Last year we ran out of mashed potatoes," Shirley Miller said.
It's been a while since the church's Presbyterian Women ran out of food for the meal. That happened at the first one, back in 2008. That year, the women did not know how successful the meal would be and expected about 200 people to show up.
The traditional opening ceremony of the annual Scottish Festival will honor a veteran from the Bart community.
This year's observance will be in the upper cemetery at Middle Octorara Presbyterian Church.
That's where Private William A. Nichols is buried.
Yard sale will help fund mission to Peru
As they have in recent years, proceeds from the 2019 Middle Octorara Presbyterian Church's annual yard sale will help fund the congregation's ongoing mission to a Peruvian community.
Volunteers from Middle Octorara Presbyterian Church will begin their 10th year collecting shoeboxes full of gifts for Operation Christmas Child.
"We have been a drop-off site for the Southern End and portions of Chester County since 2009," organizer Dan Henry said.
Congregations from other local churches, including Wesley Church, Wrightsdale Baptist Church, and Little Britain Presbyterian Church, brought their filled shoeboxes to Middle Octorara.
Bazaar to help pay for missions
Members of Middle Octorara Presbyterian Church are planning their annual Christmas bazaar.
The bazaar is held every autumn, said organizer Shirley Miller.
"We have a lot of crafters and we also welcome party plan exhibitors," Miller said last week.
The church uses funds raised from the bazaar to help local families who need assistance. The congregation uses the money to pay for items that are not covered by insurance or other programs.