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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 âGarage Saleâ 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 âÂ affiliated with Rice and Beans Ministries âÂ âstepped out on faith,â she said.
âThe actual cost of sending the team is what weâre now paying for,â she said.
Starkville-based Nash Street held a benefit for Rice and Beans Ministries earlier this year, Tisdale said.
FUMC also has âa lot of other missions. We support 12 missionaries with a yearly stipend, Habitat for Humanity,â the churchâs Loaves and Fishes ministry as well as its Prayer Quilt effort, she said.
Tisdale said: âTimes are hard for everybody. Itâs more critical now. The need is greater.â
Later on, she sorted through the wares supplied for the sale â they
ranged from furniture to household items and a whole array in between.
âItâs a service to people in that itâs a cheap way to furnishâ a student apartment or first home, replace worn-out items or âjust buy fun things,â she said.
Plus, âit keeps a lot of stuff out of the landfill,â Tisdale said.
âWe take whatâs left over to Palmer Home or Salvation Army, so nothingâs wasted.â
FUMC âis a really mission-oriented church. People are just really giving in this church. We appreciate the communityâs support,â she said.
The church has held various events â ranging from pancake breakfasts to the garage sale and the recent Gospel Jubilee â âthe community supports us overwhelmingly,â 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.
Itâs open again to the public 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday.
For information, call 323-5722.