Keeping the Wolf Away

If you are a tiny church in a little town out west, one of your problems is bound to be m-o-n-e-y. Keeping the lights on, the doors open, and the pastor paid can strain both nerves and pocketbooks, even in a congregation as generous as ours. This year, we decided to have a Christmas Bazaar and Rummage Sale over Veteran’s Day weekend to try to refill our depleted coffers. We didn’t know if it would work, but we thought we’d try.

We began collecting saleable items months ago from members, friends, and other churches, storing them in every nook and cranny in the church building and eventually borrowing storage room from a nearby rescue mission. Last week on Wednesday, a crew of our friends and members gathered to prepare the sale. The men took everything out of storage and deposited it in the front of the huge room where the sale would be held at the local Elks club.

The pile of boxes, old furniture, books, and other “treasures” was ENORMOUS, and none of us knew exactly what to do with it all. But a member who came in late offered to run things. “I’m bossy,” she said. “But I know how to organize a sale.”

It wasn’t false advertising, either—she did know, and we obeyed orders. All of us later confessed we had moments when we doubted the job could even be done. But by the end of two days, all the boxes were empty and their contents were organized on long tables. Various aches and pains afflicted the membership, but we were ready for our customers.

Drawn by curiosity and reasonable prices, customers came in steady streams. We offered a hot lunch, a craft bazaar, and tables and tables of inexpensive household, maintenance, and clothing items. Holiday music played in the background, and all of us were committed to the idea that it was better to sell our items inexpensively than to put them back into storage. We wore silly Christmas hats and name tags. We got to know many people in the community that we’d never have met any other way. Furthermore, we had a lot of fun working together.

We earned nearly $3,000 dollars for the church and its mission in the community—more than we ever expected. The wolf won’t be at the door this month, or next month either. Our customers want us to do it next year. And if our aches and pains heal by then, we may even try it!


3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Jeff Johnson on November 16, 2012 at 7:59 am

    Nice. Thanks!


  2. Posted by Melody P. on November 17, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    We are so thankful for the ministry God is giving you both in that tiny community! You’re in our prayers always! Melody and Tim


  3. Posted by Mary Johnson on November 17, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    We’re thankful to be here, too. The lines have fallen to us in pleasant places, indeed! Come see us…anytime.


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