The final “Amen” on Sunday mornings usually leads to some casual chitchat and leisurely family time.
But for the last 19 years at the Morristown United Methodist Church, one “Amen” in March has been like the starter’s gun at an Olympic sprint, setting in motion a furious race by volunteers to organize the annual Rummage Sale.
That perennial signal came last weekend, and the results will be evident this Saturday, March 29, 2014, when the church welcomes bargain hunters for five hours of shopping madness starting at 9 am.
“We’ve had a great team of volunteers all week,” said Andrew Cattano, who you could describe as coach of this team. “We had 40 after church last Sunday, and about 20 each day since.”
They have been arranging and pricing a vast array of donated items–everything from TVs, books and children’s toys to gently used furniture and fine silver. Prices range from 50 cents to a few hundred dollars.
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Proceeds fund the church youth group’s yearly Appalachian mission trip. This summer, 50 high school- and college-age students and chaperones will travel to Wyoming County, West Virginia, to help needy families with home repairs and other handiwork.
More than $100,000 has been raised by these sales over the years. On Saturday, the church will try to break last year’s record of $14,000, Andrew said.
Many customers take advantage of low prices to buy supplies for other mission projects, or for family members abroad, he added. Items have landed in Ukraine, Africa, the Philippines, Columbia and NJ inner-city missions, he said.
His volunteers’ sprinting does not end with Saturday’s final sale, however. In one last burst of effort, they must restore the church for Sunday morning’s worship service.
Then they can say “Amen” for another year.
The Morristown United Methodist Church is at 50 South Park Place, facing the historic Morristown Green.