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Platteville United Methodist Women Bazaar Dec. 7
Proceeds go not to church, but to United Methodist Women causes
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Rosemary Anderson (left), cochair of the Platteville United Methodist Church bazaar with Barb Browning (not pictured), is shown with Bonnie Simmons, whose painting of a boathouse near Reedsburg will be sold by silent auction at the bazaar Dec. 7.

A person who attends the Christmas Bazaar at Platteville United Methodist Church can purchase homemade holiday baked goods, crafts and gently used Grandma’s Attic items.

Those who attend can also help give a child a meal, a woman a place of shelter from domestic abuse, and an infant a chance against malaria.

The bazaar will be held at the church, 1065 Lancaster St., Saturday, Dec. 7. Coffee and rolls will be served at 8 a.m. The bazaar will begin at 9 a.m.,and lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Several years ago, the United Methodist Church examined the role of the United Methodist Women’s group and the funds they raised throughout the year. The church decided to use the money raised at the Christmas Bazaar, various bake sales, the pecan sales and other endeavors for mission work, rather than projects within the church such as kitchen upkeep or other physical needs of the local church.

Its overriding theme would be to serve the needs of women, children and infants locally, within the state and throughout the world. In Platteville, the group gives financial support to Church Women United, the holiday food baskets and gifts at the church and the women’s shelter.

Within the state, the group supports Harbor House in the Superior area, which is a shelter for women, and the Hmong House in Milwaukee. Also in Milwaukee is the Northcott House and Children Services that is supported by UMW. One special project in the state is to help the Methodist Chaplaincy so that ministers can call on the sick in hospitals and nursing homes and the Christmas “Thanks Stocking” offering goes to that organization. The Redbird Mission in Kentucky assists those living in the Appalachian hills.

United Methodist Women also extends help to those living overseas and in the past, has helped with buying anti-malaria nets for Africa and has supported the youth ministries in buying wells for drought plagued areas in Africa.

All of the money collected at the Christmas Bazaar on Dec. 7 will go to strengthen its mission activities. Buy some holiday cookies and UMW will reach out to those in need.