Mennonite sale quilt

A woman looks at a quilt during the Mennonite Relief Sale Nov. 2, 2013, at Chisholm Trail Expo Center.

Members of Enid’s Grace Mennonite Church will be baking approximately 130 pies on Thursday, in preparation for the Oklahoma Mennonite Relief Sale on Friday and Saturday.

“There will be a pie booth, and right next to our pie booth is a homemade ice cream booth,” said Luella Unruh, a church representative on the Relief Sale Board.

Along with homemade pies and ice cream, sale attendees will find quilts, crafts, foods, books and auctions at the Chisholm Trail Expo Center on the Garfield County Fairgrounds in Enid.

“All of the funds that are raised are sent out to different areas of the world, including the United States, for world relief, hunger, school kit bags, just a whole variety of ways in which assistance is given to those in need,” Unruh said.

The funds raised are sent to the Mennonite Central Committee — based in Akron, Pa. — which helps after disasters and in areas of need.

“They’re just helping people to rebuild lives for all kinds of reasons that they might have,” she said. “They work in almost every country in the world.”

More information on the Mennonite Central Committee will be available at the sale.

All of the items available for purchase during the sale are provided by volunteers from the various Oklahoma Mennonite churches, according to Unruh.

At times, Mennonites from Kansas bring items down, and the homemade ice cream booth is being run by Amish volunteers.

Some booths will be open when the sale begins at 4 p.m. Friday, Unruh said.

A pulled pork dinner is set from 5-7 p.m., and there will be other food and craft booths open.

From 6-9 p.m. items will be for sale in booths and there will be “Buy It Now” on quilts.

“They’ll put a price on the quilts, and if you don’t want to take a chance and wait for the auction, you can buy it that time for the price that’s been put on the quilt,” she said.

At 6:30 p.m. there will be a music program, followed by an auction at 7:30 p.m.

On Saturday, a pancake and sausage breakfast is set for 7:30-9 a.m.

Booths will open at 8 a.m.

At 9 a.m., there will be a craft auction, followed by a quilt auction at 11:30 a.m. and the “People’s Choice” quilt auction at noon.

Among the food items available at the sale will be apple butter, homemade noodles, peppernuts, new year’s cookies, cheese, bratwurst and bierocks — cooked ground beef and cabbage inside a bun, Unruh said.

“I think the event is always very exciting and fun to prepare for,” she said. “At the end of the day, it’s satisfying to know that we have done something to try to bring the good news of Christ to the world by our actions, by doing things with our hands.

“I guess we have always been raised to live out what we believe, by doing. So this is one way in which we can show that, by doing.”

Parking and admission are free.

Prices will be posted for meals, foods and items not slated for auction.

“We just hope many people come out. It’s a good day to participate in sharing, having good friendships and fellowships,” Unruh said.

For more information about the sale, visit www.okreliefsale.com or contact the sale chairman, Glenn Detweiler, at (405) 219-1902.

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Involved in news reporting for about 15 years, I've been with the Enid News & Eagle since 2014, when my family moved to Enid to be on the family farm.

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