CHURCH BRIEFS: Christmas bazaars and craft fairs | Faith and Values | – Journal Gazette and Times-Courier

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GREENUP — The Greenup United Methodist Church, located at 201 N. Kentucky Street, invites everyone to attend their annual Christmas Bazaar, held from 8:30 a.m-1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, at the church.
Homemade cookies will be available by the baker’s dozen. Crafts and Christmas decorations will be sold along with various other items on the bake sale tables.
Lunch will also be served. The menu will be chili, vegetable soup, sandwiches, homemade pie, tea and coffee. Carry outs will be available.
MATTOON — Harford Heart and Home presents a “Santa Shopping Spree” from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, at Central Community Church, 200 Lafayette Ave., Mattoon.
Admission is free. There will be plenty of vendors to enjoy. Come take a picture with Santa from 11 a.m.-1 pm
SHELBYVILLE — A Christmas Vendor and craft fair will be held from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, at Shelby Christian Church, 200 N. Hickory St., Shelbyville
The event will feature over 25 vendors, over 35 silent auction items and a bake sale.
Rork’s Pork Barbecue will start serving lunch at 11 a.m.
The proceeds from entry fees, bake sale and silent auction will go to Shelby Christian Church Mission Trip.
1961: Ashmore Estates Psychiatric Hospital grand opening attracted more than 3,300 persons. Tours were conducted at the facility which adjoins Illinois 16 between Charleston and Ashmore. The hospital is set up to accommodate 25 patients. Eventually it is expected to have a staff of 30 to 35 persons. 
1966: Coles County Daily Times near the square in Charleston. 
1957: Open house is being held in this new Charleston Community Memorial Hospital. Patients are to move in from Montgomery Hospital. The new structure, which can hold a maximum 54 bed patients, was built at a cost of about $750,000 and was financed by gifts from the public. The fund campaign was started off by a $50,000 donation. The site was also turned over to the Chamber of Commerce which has been a leader in community efforts to obtain a new hospital.
1952: A large brown shingled clubhouse is the center of most activity at the Charleston Country club. The club is located three miles west of Charleston on route 16 and is open the year round.
1984: Rick Childers (left), Bruce Deitz and Mark Witt plant a tree in downtown Charleston as part of streetscape renovations. 
1990: Volunteer Edith Roberts, chairman Mike Strader and volunteer Shirley Ensler have lots to do at the Charleston Food Pantry.
1991: An old oval photo shows the Charleston mansion long ago. 
1928: new Charleston High School on Jan. 13, 1928. 
1983: The Will Rogers theater has movie-goers line up early at these prices. The theater reopened after several months. 
1940: Lifted from a pool in the Embarras River east of town, this six-inch stream from an emergency pump brought from St. Louis was being depended upon by Charleston to replenish the dwindling reserve in the city’s intake reservoir. 
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Each year members and pastor choose a deserving individual or family to benefit from the funds raised at the event.

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Auction items include Craftsman tools, toys, metal signs, food items, figurines, baskets, wind spinners, china cabinets, yard ornaments and more!

This is a 100% outdoor event and pre-sale tickets are strongly recommended as tickets at the door are not guaranteed.
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