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Jefferson Street United Methodist Women hosts market Saturday

 

NATCHEZ — Seven years ago, the United Methodist Women of Jefferson Street United Methodist Church in Jackson came up with a plan to raise money to support the organization’s various local, state and international missions.

United Methodist Women member Stephanie Hutchins said several members loved going to markets and second-hand sales.

Thus, the Community Market fundraising event was established.

“We had a couple of ladies who love this kind of venue,” Hutchins said, “and do this on their own personal time here in town, too. So, we had some good expertise.”

Beginning at 7 a.m. Saturday, rain or shine, at 511 Jefferson Street, Natchez, the women will host the seventh-annual Community Market in which approximately 40 vendors will set up booths to sell their goods.

“We have everything,” said Millicent Mayo, a member of the United Methodist Women group at Jefferson Street United Methodist Church. “This year we have all kinds of hand-crafted stuff, jewelry, trash and treasure, anything. We have one lady who is bringing a whole trailer load of tools, men’s tools.”

Mayo said other vendors would offer small furniture, crafts, hand-made furniture and cabinets, wreaths, second-hand items and more, including farmer’s market favorites such as jams, jellies and salsa.

“Every year it is packed,” Mayo said. “We have outside vendors. People come early to that one, because they open early. We have inside booths; they open at seven o’clock. People come and try to hit the outside booths first.”

If it rains Saturday, never fear, the Christian Life Center is filled with inside booths, Hutchins said.

“This is our seventh year doing it, so we’ve had fun doing it,” Mayo said. “It’s lots of work, but the community likes it, too.”

In addition to having a good time and providing an event for the community, proceeds generated from hosting the event will go to several missions funded by the United Methodist Women, including:

4Local: Stewpot, Habitat for Humanity and the Battered Women’s Shelter;

4Statewide: Bethlehem Center of Jackson for after school programs, Moore Community House of Meridian, Camp Wesley Pines, Choctaw Mission in Philadelphia;

4International: Ganta United Methodist Hospital in Liberia and the beans and rice ministry in Coast Rica.

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