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Fairview's 9th Annual Blessing Sale Saturday, June 16


A little church with a big heart is gearing up for another day of significant impact. The huge annual rummage sale at Fairview Alliance Church has blessed hundreds of people-from Richland County Residents in need of clothing or furniture, to recipients of shoppers’ generous donations right here in eastern Montana and as far away as Western Africa.

The simple premise? An overflow of donated tools, sporting equipment, furniture, toys, clothing, housewares, linens, books, movies, games, and a variety of surprising treasures, all un-priced and available to the public. Visitors are asked to donate to a designated charity project in exchange for their finds, in whatever amount they feel is appropriate. Freshly baked goodies are also available for a suggested donation.

The event has seen surprising success, says Pastor Kelly Sloan. “Somehow God always blesses this event. We’ve raised over $5,000 in a single day. There is so much generosity in our communities and we’re just happy to help channel that to those who need a miracle.” Pastor Sloan encourages local residents to continue their support for two great projects this year.

Proceeds will be divided this year, with half of the funds supporting a youth mission trip to the community of Hays, Montana, located on the Fort Belknap Reservation. Similar in population to Fairview, this is the second year Hays has enjoyed the ministry of several Richland County teens led by Pastor Harry Owczarek of Faith Alliance Church, Sidney. The kids have worked hard to clean up a local park, build and repair structures for the local Alliance Church, lead services and engage the youth of the community in various ways to reach out and bless them.

The second recipient of this year’s Blessing Sale donations is Mercy Market, a Montana-based ministry that sells on behalf of disadvantaged international artisans. All of these partners strive to avoid poverty and exploitation by creating beautifully crafted clothing, jewelry, handbags, toys, home décor and paper products. These funds will help cover travel and overhead costs for Mercy Market’s all-volunteer staff so that sale proceeds can continue to be reinvested in supporting international partners. Shoppers at the Blessing Sale on June 16 will have the added advantage of browsing a boutique selection of these products, priced to ensure the income of the creators.

The church appreciates the rich history of quality items donated by local families. If you have anything to contribute this year, please drop it off at Fairview Alliance Church no later than Wednesday, June 13. If needed, pick-up is available by calling 406-742-5425.

Be sure to get in on this inspiring event Saturday, June 16 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Fairview Alliance Church, 702 Western Avenue, across from Fairview High School. Get a blessing. Be a blessing!


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