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Holidays gets ‘bazaar’ at St. Paul’s UCC

Parishioners held the annual church bazaar at Trexlertown’s St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, 1249 Trexlertown Road Nov. 11.

Shoppers enjoyed scoping out Christmas decorations, knickknacks and handmade gifts on the historic building’s first floor and basement recreation area.

According to Sandy Bachman, the head of the church crafter’s group, sales of handmade greeting cards created by Sue Keefer and Cindy Joyce have brought in $9,200 in three years to help fund building maintenance.

Church Secretary Lisa Gehman later reported an additional $800 upped the figure to $10,000 for the maintenance fund.

They also participated in a basket raffle with prizes donated by church members. Others took a chance on winning a queen size log cabin style quilt.

Hungry shoppers found much to enjoy provided by a hardworking crew of cooks organized by Gehman. The lasagna soup was the event’s best-seller. Tasty treats were available for purchase at the bake sale table.

St. Paul’s Union Church, serving a Reformed and a Lutheran congregation was erected on the site in 1874.

It was replaced by the impressive stone house of worship in 1925. The building changed hands in 1986 and serves as St. Paul’s UCC.

Cynthia Bizzarro purchases handmade nylon ‘scrubbies' for her grandchildren Ayrora and John Duncan Lutzko. The Allentown residents are church regulars.
Among the holiday-themed items for purchase, Sue Keefer offers handmade greeting cards.
Church quilters who created this log cabin style quilt are, from left, Judy Ditch, Gloria Snyder, Marie Rissmiller and Susan Ryan. The oversize queen quilt up for raffle took 6-8 months to make.
Hungry shoppers are offered plenty of options by the kitchen volunteers. From left, are Gary Gehman, Mackenzie Moyer, Megan Leonhartsberger and her mom Anita Rivera, Lisa Gehman and Mary Grigoruk.
Volunteer Kathy Kirkpatrick stands among the goods donated for the basket raffle.
PRESS PHOTOS BY ED COURRIER From left, Tammy Shoup and her Aunt Rose Pfeiffer from Tatamy help sell Christmas ornaments at St. Paul's annual bazaar. Although they are not parishioners, Shoup's brother-in-law is a member.