Our church boasts a very active ECW (Episcopal Church Women) who call themselves the Women of St. Mary's (WOSM). They are a social, spiritual and fundraising group who meet on a monthly basis for business and social occasions. The highlights are our Bunco nights and Christmas Party. Their main fundraiser has been a Church Bazaar which includes a Boutique, Rummage Sale, Soup and Baked Goods sale as well as an opportunity drawing for a lovely homemade quilt. This activity provides the women with fellowship as well as outreach to the Community. The monies raised then go to support various charities in our own church, diocese, nation and abroad.
We currently have about 23 women who come together for different functions as time permits. We also help by delivering meals to those in times of need. All women older than age 18 years are automatically members of this worthwhile organization. We invite everyone to join in and grow in Grace!
Women of St. Mary's
In August we will ask for volunteers to begin the process of sorting and pricing items for the Annual Fall Bazaar which will be held this year on October 13th. Of course all the women will hopefully have time to recuperate before we all lend a hand at the upcoming Blue Grass Festival! Lots going on and lots to be excited about
WOSM sponsered all church Fall Bazaar! Just a reminder to everyone that Oct. will be here before we know it as will our annual Fall Bazaar. With this in mind I am asking that everyone begin gathering salable items for both the Boutique and the Rummage sale. We have some room in our storage unit but would really prefer it if you can hang on to things until it gets closer. Call Sandy at 760-789-0656 or Gail at 760-271-7630 if you have questions
I have put information about the women's Triennial Convention in the Narthex so everyone can peruse it. If you have any questions I would be glad to try and answer them as would Belinda.
Also, our big fund raiser of the year is coming up on Oct. 27th, namely the Fall Bazaar! Please do your best to donate items as I have already begun to sort and price things.
In The Beginning
There Was a Monthly Parking Lot Sale
The Women Of St. Mary's Proud Fundraising
History & Tradition
What is now referred to as the Women of St. Mary's (WOSM) Annual Fall Bazaar, began in 1995, as a small monthly church parking lot sale for members of the congregation. The first co-chairpersons were Jim and Betty McCaffrey, who came to Ramona and St. Mary's from the Northern California city of Redding.
As had been the practice at their previous parish, Jim and Betty frequented local estate sales and flea markets, returning with "treasures" for the monthly church parking lot sale. Additionally, Jim and his truck were ALWAYS "on call" to pick up contributions from church members for the next sale. Each month's income, generated from this fundraising venture was from $200 to $400.....excellent return!
With the passage of time, it became increasingly more difficult to find enough St. Mary's church members to assist with this monthly venture, so Michael and Gail Voorhes volunteered to coordinate the parking lot sale, which ultimately evolved into our major annual Women of St. Mary's fundraising event.
In 2004, the decision was made to include a new department, "The Boutique" (located in the church worship area), offering new, gently used and collectible items.
From the Gourmet Foods Department, found on the front patio, customers will discover a delicious variety of hot homemade soups and chili (sold by the bowl or jar), quiches, casseroles, baked goods, jams, jellies, pickles and other preserves.
In the parking lot area are the following Departments: Clothing (women, men, children, infants), Books, Electronics, Furniture, Linens, Miscellaneous, Toys.
Hot dogs are grilled and sold (with all the trimmings), by church members, from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.
Tickets for the Annual Quilt Opportunity Drawing are on sale before and during the bazaar, the winning ticket to be drawn in early afternoon.
For the past 4 years, the WOSM have been in "partnership" with The Community United Methodist Church of Julian, which holds its Annual Two Day Rummage Sale each September. Members of St. Mary's are invited to arrive with trucks and trailers, toward the close of the event, and "load up" with their "left overs" to add to our WOSM Bazaar inventory.....truly a blessing!
So, Thanks Be To God, for the many St. Mary's members helping hands, including youth and men, who, in community with our women, make this annual event a rewarding experience.
Note: In accordance with St. Mary's governance, for the past 6 years, the total amount of net proceeds from the WOSM Annual Bazaar is used solely in support of our mission church operations.