Local church to raise funds for Appalachian mission this weekend

One-of-a-kind Appalachian arts and crafts made the old-fashioned way by artisans who have passed down carving, painting, candle-making, craft-making, sewing and weaving skills from generation-to-generation in Kentucky will be featured this weekend at United Methodist Church of the Dunes in Grand Haven. The Red Bird Mission fundraising event will take place at the church, 717 Sheldon Road, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. today and 9:30 a.m. to noon Sunday.
Aug 13, 2011


Of special interest at the event will be the many crafts made within an 80-mile radius of the Kentucky Red Bird Mission, in the heart of Appalachian country. For instance, baskets made from honeysuckle vines and creek willows are crafted as part of family traditions that were originally developed in an age when self-sufficiency was necessary in the isolated Kentucky mountains.

All proceeds generated from the event will benefit the Red Bird Mission’s Faith Fund, which improves general living conditions for the underserved throughout Appalachia. The fund provides for home repairs, training for children needing a healthy start in life, feeding the hungry, and caring for the elderly with dignity and Christian joy.

“Red Bird Mission is celebrating 90 years of ministry established through the Faith Fund of the church women, and we are so very pleased they are choosing to travel here to Grand Haven to display and sell their amazing and very unique arts and crafts,” said Vicki Reis, director of UMC-Dunes’ Mission Committee.

UMC-Dunes has designated the entire weekend as “missions weekend” at the church. The church’s mission members, along with Red Bird Mission representatives from Kentucky, will be conducting both Sunday worship services at 8:30 and 10:15 a.m. at UMC-Dunes. The general public is welcome to attend.


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