MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

December 12, 2013

Church has variety of sweets for sale at annual fundraiser

By E.I. Hillin
Phoenix Staff Writer

— It might be that it’s for a good cause, or because you are tired of baking, or maybe you have a fever and the only prescription is more chocolate.

Whatever the reason, this is your chance to attend the 12th annual cookie and candy sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m Saturday at St. Joseph Catholic Church Commons.

“This is our 12th sale; it turns out the same weekend as the parade and the home tour. We thought it would be a good idea for people to stop by our sale before they got to the parade,” said Sue McBride, the cookie and candy sale chairwoman.

Whatever type of sweet tooth you have, there will be something for everyone at the sale.

“There will probably be 40 to 50 items on the table; you won’t just be stuck with fudge and chocolate chip cookies,” Rita Roller said.

McBride added, “A lot of people signed up to bring cookies and homemade candy. We have several ladies that we always look forward to their items.”

Roller plans to bring out a new item this year, orange-sicle fudge. Her cranberry-walnut fudge will be back by popular demand.

“If you’re going to buy it, I’m going to make it,” Roller said.

There promises to be plenty to choose from at the sale. More than 100 women volunteer to make a variety of treats.

The sale features favorite recipes from years past. Joan Pierret plans to bring her nutty, chewy turtles. Jan Bradley will bring her owl cookies.

There will be specialty cookies made by Mary Upchurch, toffee made by Donna Thompson and truffles made by Karen Crotty.

Anyone can come and pick out whatever types of goodies they want.

“When you come in, they will tell you to pick out what you want. If you want all the same, that’s fine, if you want one of everything, that’s fine,” Roller said.

Another bonus of the sale is that it provides a good way to plan ahead for your holiday baking.

“For the most part these things will all freeze,” Roller said.

All proceeds will go to the Altar Society and be used to purchase clergy vestments, candles, flowers, altar clothes, and funeral meals for families.

The Altar Society also supports the Infant Supply Closet, church youth group, and other necessities for the church.

“We appreciate our customers that come and buy our stuff,” Roller said.

The volunteers enjoy making items for the sale and providing for their church.

“It’s a good time, we enjoy doing it, and it’s fun,” Roller said.

Reach E.I. Hillin at (918) 684-2926 or ehillin@muskogeephoenix.com.

If you go

WHAT: 12th annual cookie and candy sale.

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

WHERE: St. Joseph Catholic Church Commons, 301 N. Virginia St.

COSTS: $7 per pound.

INFORMATION: Sue McBride, (918)616-7956.