HOWARD — A new thrift store ministry opened this summer to provide affordable used clothing and accessories to families in Beech Creek, Blanchard, Howard and surrounding areas.
After many years of praying, dreaming, thinking and planning, Faith United Methodist Church, located in Hunter Run, launched a mobile thrift store, Bargains & Blessings Community Closet. When a search for a suitable location for the store was unsuccessful, the idea of a mobile thrift store was presented and put into action. The church’s outreach team hit the ground running in late 2021 to make this ministry a reality.
“With the church being in a rural setting, we have to be willing to go out into the community,” said Pastor Mark Johnson.
Bargains & Blessings debuted this summer during food bank hours at both Blanchard Church of Christ and Howard United Methodist Church. The outreach was also on-site at Liberty Baptist Church in Blanchard for their backpack and school supply giveaway. Along with Faith Chapel, all three of these neighboring churches, plus the Beech Creek Wesleyan Church, have been collecting clothing for the outreach. There was actually so much generosity that Faith Chapel had to stop collecting temporarily. What better way to serve our neighbors than to be mobile and partner with other churches in the area?
“It is such a blessing to have the support and partnership of our church friends in the area. We all have the same goal of loving our neighbors so why not work together?” said Joni Bumbarger, co-chair