BATESVILLE — With this great weather comes a wave of annual church rummage sales.
Tied for longevity at about 25 years each are the St. Louis Rummage Sale and Holy Family Super Rummage Sale. The St. John’s United Church of Christ School-house Rummage Sale began 11 years old. The Batesville Vineyard Community Church Free Yard Sale is about a decade old.
The St. Mark’s Lutheran Church sale, unlike the others, takes place twice a year in spring and fall, but dates for the next haven’t been set yet.
This is the first year for the Batesville Christian Church Benefit Yard Sale. Members are raising money to send Ross and Megan Najmon, Italy for Christ missionaries, to that country in the fall. After learning the language, they will start churches and also family counseling and soccer ministries, explains sale coordinator Kathy Najmon.
Proceeds at other churches are used for a variety of purposes. The St. Louis sale “benefits all of the students at St. Louis School through funding the PTO projects,” reports coordinator Jane Smith. Holy Family’s profits help fund the church’s religious education program. St. John’s take is used “to keep the schoolhouse building going,” according to organizer Jenell Schroeder. Members have refinished its wood floor, painted the interior and installed new lights and windows.
Batesville Vineyard’s blowout has a twist – “Everything is totally free,” says the Rev. Jeremy Smith, so the church gains no dollars.
Members’ goals are more altruistic. “We give away to show our community God's love in a creative, practical way – to let people know that God sees them, values them, loves them. We serve because our Savior set the example by loving through action, not just word. We love the community and want folks to know that. Plus it's really fun!”