FCHUM Gala 2020/2.0!

This spring the Fern Creek/Highview United Ministries had to cancel their annual Gala as a result of COVID-19.  The Gala is a really – really – really big deal for FCHUM, because it is their single biggest fundraiser of the year.  Every year the Gala raises well over $20,000 to support the incredibly important ministries that happen through FCHUM every week.  (Last year the Gala raised over $27,000!)  The money raised during the Gala helps feed and care for our neighbors who are going through a difficult time.  This money helps support the Adult Day Center.  This money changes lives in powerful ways.  This money shares and shows God’s love in our community.

Every year members of Saint Stephen have attended the FCHUM Gala.  Some of you have bid quite generously on auction items in previous years.  One of our families even had the winning bid on a hot air balloon ride! 

For the past 4 years Saint Stephen has won the heavenly halo award!!!!  I am pretty sure that we were on track to win again this year – but we will just have to wait for 2021 to see if we can make it a 5-peat. (And why yes – yes I am obsessed with that halo!  I watch television sometimes so I know there could be worse things to be obsessed with . . .)

The fantastic FCHUM board and the equally fantastic Renee have put their collective brains together and come up with an alternative to the spring Gala.  Starting on Tuesday, September 1st, 2020 and going through Sunday, September 20th, 2020 there will be an on-line auction to support the life-changing ministries of FCHUM.

The auction will be open to everyone in the community.  I will share the information with you once I have received it.

Cheryl Markley and I have assembled 5 baskets which Saint Stephen will be donating to FCHUM’s on-line auction.  These amazingly, awesome baskets will be on display in Saint Stephen’s narthex for the next few weeks.  But – I know not everyone will be able to feast their eyes on their basket-y goodness there – so I am sharing the baskets with you here too.

I plan to take the baskets to FCHUM around Monday, August 17th.  If one of the baskets is calling your name or the name of someone you love a lot – please make me an offer that I can’t refuse!  I am sure that Renee would be delighted to receive a check or currency in place of a basket or 5.  (And in the case of the knitted baskets – well – we all know that I probably would whip up another between now and then!  After all – as I have been know to say – “it is for Jesus!”)

Clean-up Your Kitchen!

Give your kitchen a mini-makeover with a whole new set of linens. 

This set includes:  3 hand towels/tea towels, 4 hot pads/trivets, 6 wash cloths, and 4 scrubby wash cloths.

(These were knit using an pattern called Old Shale lace. It is pretty nifty noddle!)

Each item in this set has been hand-knit using high quality cotton yarn by a knitter with over 3 decades of knitting experience!

Beading Blitz Basket

This basket is offers hours upon hours of crafting entertainment.

It includes thousands of both glass and plastic beads. 

You will be able to make a vast collection of necklaces, bracelets, charms, and friendship pins!

Perfect entertainment for these days of staying safe at home!

Clean-up Your Kitchen!

Give your kitchen a mini-makeover with a whole new set of linens. 

This set includes:  4 hand towels/tea towels, 4 hot pads/trivets, 6 wash cloths, and 4 scrubby wash cloths.

Each item in this set has been hand-knit using high quality cotton yarn by a knitter with over 3 decades of knitting experience!

Books!  Marvelous Books!  Glorious Books!

This basket is perfect for the young (but not too young reader in your life.) It includes everything your adorably wonderful reader needs for hours and hours of reading joy and fun! The basket has 4 paperback books for 8-12 year old readers, a box of hot chocolate, book themed novelty socks, and 2 sparkling ICE drinks.

A Parent’s Best Friend Basket (with a boy-ish slant)

Things that fly!

This basket has been prepared by an expert (a mom who has been entertaining a 7 year old little boy and his 16 year old big brother for their entire lives)!

Inside entertainment!

This basket contains: 4 airplane gliders, a Frisbee, a kite, stickers, 7 Hotwheels cars, sidewalk chalk, bubbles, a fidget spinner,

crayons and paper, a puzzle block, a galaxy rock art kit, Play Dough, jacks, and just a little candy – because some days a little sugar is fun too!

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