Ebenezer UMC plans fundraisers

Published 9:29 pm Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Ebenezer United Methodist Church in Eclipse plans to hold two fundraisers next month to raise money for mission activities.

The church’s Family Life Center, 1589 Steeple Drive, will host a dinner variety show on Feb. 9 at 6 p.m. Tickets are $10.

The event will include 42 youths from the church, organizer Michelle Holst said, many of them performing in the show and others helping out in other ways.

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“They are all helping in some capacity (such as) waitresses or waiters,” she said.

Also, 10 youths will auction their services for chores such as cleaning out closets or a day’s yard work, bolstering proceeds from ticket sales.

“All that money goes toward their missions trip in the summer,” Holst said, adding that middle schoolers will attend a mission in York, Pa.

“For a week they send them (middle schoolers) out to do different things. Some go to nursing homes, some to facilities with handicapped people.”

High schoolers will go to the Appalachians in Tennessee for “Habitat for Humanity-type construction work.”

The variety dinner show will be held in place of the church’s annual musical, which didn’t come together this year.

“We had this big production and postponed it twice,” Holst said. “We just haven’t been able to put it together.”

The second event, a dinner at the church center with food by Outback Steakhouse, begins at 6 p.m. on Feb. 20.

For $20 per person, folks can enjoy steak and chicken, baked potato, Caesar salad, cheesecake and beverages including tea and coffee.

“This is our first year (with this fundraiser) … and it’s in support of mission opportunities that the church supports,” event organizer Bernice Harris said.

The Ebenezer Quartet will provide music throughout the evening. “They are quite popular, and that’s included in the price of the dinner,” Harris said of the musical act.

For both events, tickets need to be sold ahead of time so the correct amount of food can be prepared. Those interested can call 238-2359.

Ticket sales for the Outback dinner need to be finalized by Feb. 5, Harris said.