St. Mark’s Marketplace helps guests prepare for the holidays

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It’s appropriate that Christmas is in the air at St. Mark’s Arts & Crafts Marketplace because the purpose is all about giving.

The fifth annual event, hosted by the church’s United Methodist Women’s group, will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 3 at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, 4780 126th St., Carmel. The marketplace is a fundraiser for the women’s group’s missions

“It’s all homemade items, no commercial products,” said Kathy Dycus, a Westfield resident who is vice president of fundraising for the women’s group. “We have jewelry, Lego-covered Christmas trees and frames, painted rocks, embroidered ornaments, crocheted items, quilted wall hangings and handmade baby items.”

Although Christmas is the main theme, Dycus said there are other fall and general items. The event will include baked goods made by the women’s group, which has some of its own crafts tables as well.

A cafe will sell homemade soup and sandwiches, hot dogs and drinks.

Dycus said more than 20 vendors will be president.

“Sometimes, people get more than one table,” Dycus said. “We fill the building every year. We’ve been pretty successful with it, but we are always hoping to have more people come in. We hope to expand it in the future.”

There are three vendors who are returning for the fifth year. They are Victoria Schuster, Three of Spades; Judy McDowell, MoJoJudo; and Nancy Davis, Ann & Sue’s Craft Closet.

“It’s requires a lot of us to pitch in, and there is a lot of camaraderie,” Dycus said of her group.

One of the group’s missions is the United Methodist Women of Indiana-run Lucille Raines Residence for Women, which helps those recovering from addiction.

Among the several other nonprofits the group supports is Carmel-based Ascent 121,  which provides trauma recovery for teen survivors of sex trafficking, and Hope Center Indy, which helps adult women who have been victims of human trafficking.


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