All quilters are invited to create a hand- or machine-quilted table runner or table mat for this year’s Quilt Challenge. As in other years, festivalgoers will vote for their favorite before these items are auctioned to benefit a special MCC project.
Dimensions can be of any size. Information is posted online: visit oregonfestivalforworldrelief.com and click on “2015 Quilts.” Or contact Margery Barkman: firstname.lastname@example.org. ■
In recent years we’ve enjoyed the music of the Festival String Band as we’ve munched on lunch, browsed the books, or chatted with friends. This year we’d like to sign up several more groups to play half-hour or hour-long sets between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Because of the acoustics in the Willamette Building, we’re looking for instrumental groups that can play without amplification. Sounds from bluegrass to classical to celtic and more are all welcome.
If your group can help, or to recommend a group you know, contact Richard Heggen: 541-753-1073, email@example.com. ■
Where are you vacationing?
Invite friends or family to pool your gifts to create a vacation package or other special donation for the auction. Giving early helps us attract more bidders!
Let us know about your contribution by contacting Tim Steiner, 503-381-6436, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Work with kids to create goods for the Country Store.
Top sellers are usually wearables and consumables (rather than decorating items) such as fresh garden produce, peppernuts, granola, noodles, dried fruits, dried flowers, and new handcrafted items such as knitted dishcloths. (Please note the festival cannot sell home-canned foods.)
Contact Denise Diller, 541-704-0451, email@example.com.
Changes are on the horizon for the festival’s food offerings in 2015. New state regulations now require that all meals served on site must be prepared at the fairgrounds.
Baked goods, the children’s sack lunches, and other foods served without heating are fine. Sausages, pancakes, and apple dumplings prepared on site are fine. But taco salad and spring rolls will not be available this year.
We’re exploring new options, and though we will miss some of our old favorites, it’s an exciting opportunity to offer some new tastes.
Shifts in the menu mean that we will need volunteers to take on new tasks – and these volunteers are greatly needed! To learn more, please contact Julia Todd: 541-258-3581, firstname.lastname@example.org. ■
Coins donated at the Oregon Mennonite Festival for World Relief add up! Last year our Penny Power gifts totaled more than $15,000 for Mennonite Central Committee water projects. We hope to collect even more this year, under the program’s new name: My Coins Count.*
Go to the festival website (oregonfestivalforworldrelief.com) for a downloadable poster and information about MCC water projects. My Coins Count is a great way that kids can help make life better for other children worldwide. Some congregations collect coins all through the summer!
Here are three ways to make a splash with My Coins Count:
· Designate a denomination. One church started a “Don’t spend a dime” initiative, inviting members to notice and set aside dimes.
· Multiply your matches. Having one person in the congregation match a My Coins Count collection on a particular Sunday is great. But what happens if you get five people, or even 10, to match donations?
· Try a tax. Invite families to keep track of how often someone turns on the faucet and donate a certain amount for each use.■
*Wondering what happened to Penny Power? MCC renamed the U.S. and Canadian effort after Canada took the penny out of circulation.
Summer is coming fast -- and that means it's time to start gearing up for the Oregon Mennonite Festival for World Relief on October 10.
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