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Shop artisan crafts, decor at St. Paul’s Christmas Bazaar

By Anne McGinty • Nov 17, 2019 at 12:00 PM

A few years ago, St. Paul’s Episcopal was praised as a “small church with a big and caring heart,” whose faithful ministry to the community dates back over 100 years. We believe this remains just as true today, and St. Paul’s Annual Christmas Bazaar is a key fundraiser to support our outreach.

With this in mind, I invite you to mark your calendars.

St. Paul’s will host its 11th annual Christmas Bazaar from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 23, in the parish hall. Proceeds will benefit St. Paul’s Day School, the Kingsport Community Ministry Center, Laundry Love, and youth mission projects.

Over the past decade, our Bazaar has become a regional “go to” maker’s mecca. So, if you’re an art lover, fashionista, foodie or gift-giver extraordinaire, get … that … Christmas list … ready!

Artisan crafts? Check. Jewelry? Check. Home and holiday décor? Check. Baked goods and homemade soup? Check. Savory pit-cooked BBQ lunch? Check. Helping your community? Check. Check. Check.

The Bazaar showcases items uniquely made by St. Paul’s parishioners and friends. Paige Kramer, our chair and “crafter-in-chief,” tells me you’ll find original artwork; home, garden and holiday décor; knitted, needlecraft and woodworking goods; stocking stuffers; and gifts for kids, family, pets, teachers and more. Sneak peaks are available on Facebook (@St.PaulsBazaar).

I can tell you the bake sale (yum!) is a crowd favorite and always sells out fast — pies, cakes, cookies, candy, jams and jellies. Plus … frozen homemade soup to go … a fast and easy meal for those busy weekday nights. Choose from zesty tomato, chicken and wild rice, spinach sausage bean, chicken tortilla, and vegetable beef (okay, double yum!).

Line up early, too, for the jewelry booth, to find treasures and trinkets among the fine “re-designed” and costume jewelry. Alice Pitchie, our booth chair, is a master of re-purposed and upcycled jewelry art. Repeat customers will vouch for me on this.

And, if shopping makes you hungry, don’t fret. We’ll be serving Rhett’s pit-cooked BBQ with cornbread, slaw, drink and dessert from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for $10 per plate. Too busy for a sit-down lunch? Take-out is available, too.

Folks, our St. Paul’s church family looks forward to meeting your family at this worthy event.

Admission is free. We are the church with the “big red doors” at the corner of Wautaga and Ravine, just down the street from Holston Valley Medical Center. For more information, call the church office at (423) 245-5187 or visit stpaulskingsport.dioet.org.