Lithia church to hold first Christmas in July bazaar
LITHIA - Christmas crafts, gourmet foods, jewelry, honey, pet supplies and birdhouses will be sold at a Christmas in July Church Bazaar from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 27, at Grace United Methodist Church, 5708 Lithia-Pinecrest Road. The bazaar is a first for the church, said event organizer Vickie Casso, who hopes this will become an annual event. It's "a great opportunity to start your Christmas shopping early," she said. Admission is free, and there will be door prizes along with the youth group selling food and drink. Most of the bazaar will be set up inside, in the air conditioning.Room still exists for outdoor vendors, said Casso. The cost is $25 per vendor. The event will include homemade and manufactured items, sold by church members and non-members. Several local authors will have tables of books for sale and to autograph, including Kat Heckenbach, author of "Finding Angel" and "Seeking Unseen," Rick Christensen, photographer and devotional writer and blogger, and Sharron Cosby, inspirational writer. The bazaar benefits the social-justice group, Grace United Methodist Women. The Lithia group, an offshoot of the national organization, United Methodist Women, shares its mission: to foster spiritual growth, develop leaders and advocate for justice. They focus on community groups that support women, youth and children here and abroad: for instance, the women prepared packages of personal-care items for the church's June mission trip to Nicaragua. Women may attend Grace United Methodist Women meetings at noon the fourth Sunday monthly at the church; lunch is free at the meetings. For information about the group or about becoming a vendor at the bazaar, call (813) 661-8858 or visit www.mygraceumc.com. Send news of community happenings to Barbara Routen at email@example.com.