WEVERTOWN - The homes of Calvary Bible Church will be rich with the savory smells of baking on the evening of Saturday, Dec. 3. Members will open their homes to volunteers from the church's Extreme Grace Youth Group as they prepare for their annual benefit bake sale to be hosted at Wevertown Community Center Sunday, Dec. 4 from 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
The annual fundraiser has become much more than just a fund raiser or a bake sale - it's a community coming together for the sake of its youth, according to Extreme Grace co-leader Danielle Armstrong. The baked goods will be homemade and prepared by members of Extreme Grace.
"These kids are learning so much more than just cooking skills," said Armstrong. "They're learning business, management, and how to give of their time and talents to help those less fortunate than themselves."
All proceeds will benefit a local community member dealing with a long term illness and in need of financial support. Offered again this year will be quick breads, fudge, yeast breads, cinnamon rolls, buckeyes, doughnuts and cookies as well as gluten-free and sugar-free selections.
"We want these kids to learn that the world is bigger than themselves and their problems, and that they can make a positive difference," said Armstrong. "We hope the community lets these kids do their Christmas baking for them. They will not only enjoy some great treats, but will be supporting a great cause."
Baked goods are made from ingredients donated by local businesses and organizations. This year, Extreme Grace was supported by Price Chopper, Hannaford, Wal-Mart, The Grand Unions of Warrensburg, Chestertown and North Creek, Stewarts of North Creek, and Dunkin' Donuts of Warrensburg.
Without this support and that of parents, relatives and the community who share Calvary Bible's enthusiasm and vision for youth, the yearly bake sales would never get under way, according to Armstrong.
"The fact that they not only get off the ground, but have become so popular and successful is a testimony to the old adage, 'It takes a community to raise a child', or in this case, a whole youth group," she said.
"The kids do not know who they are working for, but they do know why and that will be enough for them to do what it takes to do a great job," said Calvary Bible Church Pastor Wayne Schoonmaker.
Baked goods sell out early and interested buyers are encouraged to arrive early.
Extreme Grace is for 7 - 12 graders and meets weekly in the basement of Calvary Bible Church on route 28 in Wevertown. For more information on the bake sale or Extreme Grace, call 494-0897.