Federated Church holds bazaar

Shopper look for unique and homemade gifts at the Federated Church Christmas Bazaar on Dec. 2. (Empire Press photo/Suzanne Robinson)

 

By Suzanne Robinson
Empire Press Correspondent

Vendor Roger Heiserman shows his creations during the bazaar. (Empire Press photo/Suzanne Robinson)

For generations, the Waterville Federated Church Women’s Guild has hosted the church’s annual Christmas bazaar. This year’s bazaar was held Dec. 2 with 20 vendors including several new ones.

According to Guild President Phyllis Browning, there was a great turnout this year. “It was steady from start to finish,” she said.

Proceeds from the bazaar help to support programs and events at the church, and mission work — both local and abroad — including ChildFund International. The Guild also provides pies for the local food bank for Thanksgiving, and hosts a Valentine’s dinner for those who are widowed.

The bazaar also featured its “famous” cookie sale and soup luncheon, with sales of soup-to-go. Many busy people bought Christmas treats for family gatherings at the cookie sale. A wide variety of soups that were for sale included chili, clam chowder, taco, vegetable and chicken noodle.

Guild Treasurer Shirley Daling was pleased with the turnout and the proceeds, and said that this year’s bazaar was a huge success.

 

Sharon Castelle sells jewelry at the Christmas bazaar.(Empire Press photo/Suzanne Robinson)

 

Festive cookies for sale at the Christmas bazaar. (Empire Press photo/Suzanne Robinson)

 

Dee Shriner and Bobby Ann Willms look over the cookie sales. (Empire Press photo/Suzanne Robinson)