By: Christopher Davis | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: October 2013
Dawn Hunter, director of Craftacular, hosted by Faith Church’s Women’s Ministry.
Have you checked your calendar recently? The time to begin planning for the Christmas season is already here! Luckily, an opportunity to get into the giving spirit and spread joy throughout the community is just around the corner. Join the Women’s Ministry at Faith Church in Glenpool as they host their first-ever Craftacular event on Saturday, October 12 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The craft fair will showcase handmade goods and a huge variety of direct sale vendors, guaranteeing something for everyone on your list.
There will be plenty of space for attendees and vendors alike. Faith Church has a spacious facility, and Women’s Ministry Team Member Dawn Hunter definitely takes an approach reminiscent of “the more the merrier.” Booth rental is $50, and Hunter says their goal is to ensure that vendors will come back year after year. “We want to pamper our vendors. Our staff will be offering them lunch and breaks throughout the day to make sure everyone is having fun and enjoying themselves.” Booth proceeds benefit the Women’s Ministry for funding the group’s activities at Faith Church and throughout the community.
In addition to the wide variety of goods featured, Craftacular will include many other attractions. Attendees can anticipate a chance to win door prizes and enter drawings for some special gifts. Rest assured, kids will have plenty to do, with face painting, crafts and more activities planned. In addition, concessions will be available, and Faith Church Pastor Toby Youngblood will be on hand making what he calls “the best Indian tacos around.”
Not simply a fundraiser for the Women’s Ministry, this event is seen by Ms. Hunter as part of the ministry’s efforts to promote the community. “We want to see the vendors succeed,” she says, noting that there are a lot of fantastic crafters in Green Country. “We would like to see the community support these vendors, who have unique products and are supportive of the Women’s Ministry.”
The Craftacular event is a reflection of the work that the Women’s Ministry does. Ms. Hunter explains, “Through the sales and rentals, our ministry raises funds and then uses the money for activities to enrich our community. This helps fulfill the mission of our church and amplifies our ability to reach out to women who are hurting or need help. It’s like a domino effect of support and blessings.”
A great example of the good work done at Faith Church is displayed through the participation of member Katie Cariker. She began getting involved with support efforts for orphans in Haiti following a mission trip. A psychology major at NSU, Katie won a 37” LED flat screen TV in a student activities contest. While many college students would immediately bring the prize back to the dorm and hook up their gaming system, Katie has decided to raffle it at the Craftacular event. The money raised in the raffle will go toward her summer internship with Haitian Impact Christian Ministries (HICM).
With such a worthy cause bringing together a wide range of activities planned, chances to win some great prizes and craft vendors drawn from all over Green Country, the Craftacular event at Faith Church promises to be a fun celebration of community and hand-made products. Mark your calendars for Saturday, October 12, and plan for a day of fun. For more information and vendor application forms, visit the Women’s Ministry page at Faith Church’s website at www.faithchurchnow.com/pages/womens-ministry or call (918) 827-7901.
Christopher Davis is an educator and musician, as well as a writer. A California native, he resides in Tulsa with his wife, two sons and a modest menagerie of pets. When he isn't inspiring young minds, you will most likely find him spending time with his family or playing drums and percussion with Project Huckleberry or the Movetet. In addition to Value News, Davis also writes for Currentland. You can view his work at https://seedavis.wordpress.com.