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24th Annual Craft Bazaar & Fall Festival hosted by the Women of Bear Creek UMC!

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The cooler weather reminds us that fall is in the air! And with fall, comes changing colors, comfort foods, pumpkins, craft bazaars and festivals!

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The United Methodist Women of Bear Creek United Methodist Church invite the community to its 24th Annual Craft Bazaar and Free Fall Festival on Saturday, October 20, 2012! The Craft Bazaar will run from 9am-4pm and is one of the most well known and well attended shows in the Northwest Houston! You will want to get there early for the best gifts and handcrafted items around! Specialty vendors included holiday items and gifts, wood art, custom jewelry, candles, metal art, glassware, purses, quilts and more! Other vendors with home products like Scentsy, Tupperware, Willowhouse, Silpada will also be in attendance. This is the perfect chance to complete your Christmas or holiday shopping!

The free Fall Festival will be held from 10am-3pm and this fun event will feature family activities like a Fall Photo Vignette, a Cupcake Walk, and the ever popular Boy Scout Obstacle Course! Inflatables will be on hand for preschoolers and school age children to bounce to their hearts content, plus education and entertainment from and for the community! In addition, a variety of kiddie carnival games will be available plus the "Body Shop" Hair Coloring and Temporary Tattoos is always a must do! Kids will want to wear the their favorite "friendly" costume to the event and parade around the entertainment area at 11am and 2pm.

Whether you plan to spend the whole day or just a few hours, there will be plenty of food, drinks and snacks on hand to tempt your taste buds! The United Methodist Men will be firing up the grill and providing the best BBQ beef around for sandwiches and baked potatoes! Other lunch items include Chick-fil-A Sandwiches from the Copperfield location, grilled chicken salads, sandwich box lunches, pizza, nachos and hot dogs. Drinks will include a variety of soft drinks, bottled water, iced tea and Snapple. Snacks include sour pickles, popcorn, and snow cones.

The famous United Methodist Women's Sweet Shoppe will be located in the Fellowship Hall and the Family Life Center. Delicious cake truffles, pumpkin rolls, sweet breads, spicy pickles, breads, bagels, cakes and pies will be available for purchase.

A Silent Auction will be hosted in the Fellowship Hall. This is a wonderful way to support the women's and children's missions by bidding on items throughout the day provided by the vendors, as well as generous church members and local companies. Items include vendor merchandise, gift cards, gift certificates and more! Remember to check back often to see if you won something! A FREE door prize drawing will be held for all Bazaar and Fall Festival attendees. The form is included in this article's slideshow, just print out, fill out completely and bring by the Silent Auction to win a chance for one of the wonderful door prizes being given away!

One of the goals of the Bear Creek United Methodist Women is to expand the concepts of mission through the Annual Craft Bazaar. Each year, a partner charity is selected to receive the majority of proceeds from this event and this year, Houston Rescue and Restore Coalition (HRRC) has been chosen. The HRRC was established as a volunteer coalition in 2005 in response to the growing recognition and alarm over the prevalence of human trafficking in the Greater Houston Metropolitan region. Due to their rapidly growing organizational size and proliferation of protection/prevention projects, HRRC became a 501(c ) (3) in December of 2007. HRRC exists to prevent and confront modern-day slavery by educating the public, training professionals and empowering the community to take action for the purpose of identifying, rescuing and restoring trafficking victims to freedom. The Bear Creek United Methodist Women felt it vitally important to support such a worthy cause affecting women and children!

Craft Bazaar Chair, Leslie Kajileh said, "Through our partnership with the Houston Rescue and Restore Coalition we have had a chance to impact our local community in a way that helps these victims of modern day slavery. We hope to inspire others to get involved in this important cause."

Bear Creek United Methodist Church exists to turn strangers into friends, friends into family and family into saints since 1977. The church is located at 16000 Rippling Water Drive in Houston, Texas, 77084. The church phone number is 281-463-2330. For more information on the event or for vendor details, go to http://bearcreekumc.org/adults/women/fall-craft-bazaar

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