Volunteers, shoppers tell story of successful UMCC garage sale
And being in Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he sat at meat, there came a woman having an alabaster box of ointment of spikenard very precious; and she brake the box, and poured it on his head. And there were some that had indignation within themselves, and said, Why was this waste of the ointment made? For it might have been sold for more than three hundred pence, and have been given to the poor. And they murmured against her. And Jesus said, Let her alone; why trouble ye her? She hath wrought a good work on me. For ye have the poor with you always, and whensoever ye will ye may do them good: but me ye have not always. She hath done what she could: she is come aforehand to anoint my body to the burying. Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached throughout the whole world, this also that she hath done shall be spoken of for a memorial of her.
— Mark 14:3-9
The Home Mission Committee of United Methodist Church of Chugiak blessed our community with their Annual Love INC of Eagle River Garage Sale June 15-17. There were beautiful signs painted black, gold, white, and red that were placed along the highways and byways that directed us to this magnificent garage sale. There were many people volunteering from three years old to 80-plus. There was a place for us all to serve. We praise God that our community has so many volunteers serving to make life better for others. Love INC is very grateful for this congregation organizing this event. However, there were many churches involved in making this event a success so we say thank you.
I briefly interviewed Brenda, a donor and a shopper. She said this was a huge garage sale with items for the entire family. There were items for the holidays, kitchen, video tapes, electronics, rugs, clothing, boots, skis, golf clubs, tables, chairs, microwave, bedding, jewelry, couches, desk, and many decorative items. We cannot say what all was there but Brenda could take anything there she desired home because she is Love INC neighbor. She said she really enjoyed shopping.
Kay was one of the volunteers who created the signs and assisted in organizing the event. She appreciated the opportunity to serve and seeing items being redistributed. She assisted in packing up the garage sale items to send to ARC.
Betty was one of UMCC faithful volunteers who worked very hard to keep all the items organized and accessible for the shoppers. She was happy to say that the garage sale was successful and that there were many shoppers and donations. She was very thankful for the many volunteers that came to close the garage sale. Many youth were involved in the opening, serving coffee and in the closing, packing up items for ARC.
I sent several e-mails to Virginia from Saint Andrew Catholic Church, requesting her assistance in coordinating a large donation move for the garage sale. She was able to bring together a group of youth and adults with a couple of vehicles to successfully move the donated items to the garage sale. Thank you to Virginia and her team of youth for making this donation a success.
Jesus said, “For ye have the poor with you always, and whensoever ye will ye may do them good: but me ye have not always” To all of our partners in the ministry, we need your helping hands to reach out into our community to make a difference. If you would like to host an event, volunteer, serve on the board of directors or make a donation, please contact Love In the Name of Christ of Eagle River, at 250-1735 to learn more about these opportunities. If you need prayer, please call Love INC at 726-LOVE (5683). We are looking forward to serving our community in partnership with local churches, businesses and individuals. Again, praise God for all who made this event a success.
This column is the opinion of Rev. Gracie Jackson.