Have you ever done the Methodist Swap? That’s what one loyal husband called the UMW Rummage and Bake Sale. His idea is that the good Methodist women of FUMC scour their homes and garages and (his) storage shed, and come up with all manner of things to get rid of (especially from the storage shed!).
Magically these items appear at the fellowship hall, the boxes are unpacked, and WOW, some other Methodist woman has been searching high and low for the very item that was in that box. And the item is paid for and goes home to a NEW Methodist home and hence the name, “The Methodist Swap.”
Cute story! And while some of that may actually happen… most of the items end up being taken up by members of the community who are in need of, or desire them. Regardless of where the rummage ends up, it’s out of someone’s home, or garage, or storage shed and that’s a great feeling – having done some sprucing up.
The really great thing is that money is generated to support the many projects and mission events that UMW helps support. Money is given locally to the United Christian Center, School Supplies, Empty Stocking, HISD Education Foundation, Teacher Luncheon, Grad Night, Senior Luncheon, Scholarships, Methodist Children’s Home, Thanksgiving and Christmas Baskets. Additionally, funds to support Shelters for abused women, children and youth and many other missions that serve women and children nationally, and globally may result from this fund raising event.
Your donations to this sale may be taken to the fellowship hall any time this week, from Monday, March 3 at 10 a.m. until Thursday mid-day. The sale starts on Friday, March 7 at 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. and Saturday, March 8 from 8 a.m. to 12 noon. Pssst.. don’t forget the Bake Sale going on at the same time. Great yummy treats are going to be on stage, literally!
So be sure to plan to participate in this year’s Great Methodist Swap! See you there!