Every year, the neighborhood of Lakewood Balmoral has a yard sale the Saturday after Labor Day (September 7). The church will provide hospitality (water and restrooms) and food stands featuring traditional cuisines from our different congregations: pupusas from El Salvador, tacos from Mexico, noodles and tea from Burma/Thailand.
This year, we will again be celebrating the talents of our family, friends, and neighbors by hosting a Crafts & Vendor Fair. Here is a list of this year's vendors:
Karen Dreasler, handmade pottery smallwares
Marcia Gohmann, crocheted slippers, towels and dolls
Dr. Peggy Griffin, self-published vegan cookbook and reflections of the civil rights movement
Valerie Jackson-Bateman, handmade copper jewelry
Jo Gertzen, quilted table runners & wall quilts
Jasmine Perry, handmade beaded & semi-precious stone jewelry
Dawn Noldan, homemade preserves and handmade fabric totebags
Dorothy Loving, handmade silver and gold beaded jewelry
Anita Bonilla, handcrafted gift boxes
If you are a crafter or artisan and would be interested in participating, there is still time! Please review the information in the document below, fill out the included form, and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Rev. Kathryn Ray
Grief is a communal process.
This thought echoed louder and louder through my mind and heart as we toured the museum and memorials in Trujillo, Colombia. A father and son who had lost family members in the government-sponsored massacre that took place in that community from 1986-1994 guided our small delegation from the Global Baptist Peace Conference. They literally led us along the path this community had taken in search of healing and justice in the face of the unimaginable. With each step we took, each different monument we visited, I saw new visions of the transformational, defiant power of a community that comes together to grieve, to tell their story, and to refuse to stop telling it.