When an event has been going on as long as the Glossbrenner United Methodist Church (UMC) Country Fair and Market, it starts to come together almost seamlessly each year. "It's been around forever," remarked Linda Gockley, who co-chairs the annual event with Emmajane Davis. "All the department chairs do a great job, and it just kind of falls into place."
This year's Country Fair and Market will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 3, and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 4, at the church, 713 Church St., Mount Joy.
Caring Hearts and Hands, the church's outreach group, organizes the annual event. In the months leading up to the event, members meet for crafting sessions. "It's good fellowship," Gockley reflected. "We have a wonderful group." Other individuals make things at home on their own time. "It takes an army," said crafts organizer Marcia Brooks.
Handcrafted items, holiday and home decor, ornaments, artwork, linens, dog and cat toys, birdfeeders, and more will be part of the Country Fair and Market. Shoppers may also browse the indoor yard sale, which will feature a variety of items donated by church members, including an entire room full of used books for readers of all ages.
A chicken potpie dinner will be served on Nov. 3. "We have the best cooks, and our chicken potpie is to die for," said Gockley with a smile. "It draws a crowd. People line up outside beforehand, but we don't open the doors until 4." The meals, which are available for a set fee, include homemade chicken potpie, coleslaw, applesauce, a roll and butter, and a beverage. Takeout meals will also be available.
Breakfast sandwiches will be served from 8 to 10 a.m. on Nov. 4, and lunch will be available from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sandwiches and hot dogs will be on the lunch menu, along with homemade chicken corn soup and beef vegetable soup. Hot dogs will be free for children age 12 and under.
Homemade baked goods will be available to purchase on both days, including apple dumplings, cookies, brownies, cakes, pies, fudge, whoopie pies, peanut butter balls, and more.
A Kids' Korner will have an assortment of merchandise available for children to purchase at nominal prices. Volunteers will be available to assist with wrapping the items that children may purchase as holiday gifts for loved ones. Free balloons and cotton candy will also be on hand for children.
The Country Fair and Market will also offer a silent auction, which will close at noon on Nov. 4. Items up for bids will include gift cards to area restaurants and attractions, handmade blankets, and brand-name baskets. Themed baskets created by the church's Sunday school classes will be among the selection as well.
Proceeds from the event will support a variety of ministries. Glossbrenner UMC supports Rainbow's End Youth Services (REYS), New Life for Girls, a prison ministry, UMC camps, and many other nonprofits. In addition, the church offers assistance to families in need in the congregation and local community.
Glossbrenner UMC has Sunday worship services at 9:30 a.m., with Sunday school at 10:45 a.m. Nursery care is available during the worship service. For more information, readers may visit http://gumcmj.net/ or call 717-653-5683.