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Annual church festival set for Saturday
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Forsyth County News
Volunteers who have helped with First Redeemer Church’s annual arts and crafts fair say it’s the wide variety that brings both church members and nonmembers to the event.

Big Creek Arts and Crafts Fair, which is a fundraiser for First Redeemer Church’s various ministries, will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the church’s student and family center.

Admission is $3.50 per person for the indoor, air-conditioned festival. Children that are 6 years old or younger get in free, and along with the sale of arts crafts there will be food available, door prizes and a silent auction.

Judy Lee, wife of Pastor Richard Lee, said all proceeds from the silent auction and entrance fees will benefit the church’s There’s Hope for the Hungry and Worldview Missions.

Lee said the sale of items such as “higher-end” furniture and home accessories during the silent auction will go toward the church’s ministry which provides Bibles to U.S. troops overseas, and proceeds also will aid First Redeemer’s television ministry, as well as its efforts to feed needy people in areas of North Georgia, Tennessee and North Carolina.

Church member Kelly Nudelman said she enjoys watching the competition that forms for items in the silent auction.

“It’s fun to see two friends going after the same thing,” Nudelman said. “It gets very competitive.”

Nudelman has been a member of First Redeemer for the entire seven years the arts and crafts fair has been held.

“It’s just a real positive, family-oriented, fun day,” she said. “There are things for children and stuff for sports enthusiasts and there’s lots of food, which is reasonably priced.”

Nudelman said “there’s something for everyone.”

Pat Hill, who has also been attending the church for seven years, said the event “is a festive, fun time.”

“It brings out more than just church members,” she said. “It brings out other people from the community.

“The location is good,” Hill added. “It’s a great place to spend the day. The fact they have it inside is nice too, because it’s air-conditioned.”

Hill said the variety of items at the fair keeps people coming back every year. She said her favorite thing last year was homemade candy someone baked and packaged to benefit church ministries.

Lee said last year the event drew more than 1,000 visitors. She said there were about 80 vendors last year.

“It’s very festive,” Lee said. “It’s a nice event for the community.”

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