HANNIBAL – More than 200 people filled the gymnasium at St. John's Lutheran School on Saturday, enjoying homemade treats, soups and other items during the church's biggest fundraising event of the year.
Linda Ruhl said money raised throughout the day will help fund a mission trip to Israel led by Pastor Rob Roegner and the Apple of His Eye Ministry, and support projects at St. John's Lutheran School like the new Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics lab taking shape. The seven-decade tradition of the Soup Dinner and Bazaar was hosted by members of the church's Ladies Aid group, and Ruhl said that everyone in the church joined together to make the event a success.
“It's our St. John's Bazaar, so we have wonderful donations from everyone in the congregation,” Ruhl said. “This is a huge fundraiser for our church.”
The warm sunshine and rejuvenated Veterans Day Parade that day helped to bring a large crowd in to sample the various handmade items. Tables of produce, handmade crafts, baked goods and artwork lined one side of the gymnasium, while soups, sandwiches and homemade desserts were served on the other side.
Five-year-old Josiah Carlson picked up a large plastic bucket to shake up dozens of tickets and help Ruth Tucker announce who won each of the handmade items in the raffle: the third quilt Marilyn Tucker created for the bazaar and the second wooden bench Gary Moore crafted from a baby bed. Kay Adams expressed her joy after she found out she won the quilt.
“I'm thrilled because I know that Marilyn does fantastic work, and it's hand-quilted. Most people have it machine-quilted, but Marilyn does the hand quilting,” Adams said. “I'm just thrilled that I have something so beautiful from a friend I know.”