by Cori Hilsgen
Purchased treasures don’t always need to be new items but can be items someone else might no longer be using.
Shoppers will have a chance to find some “Christmas treasures” while helping fund restoration of the Church of St. Joseph Catholic Church organ at the second annual Joetown Christmas Treasures sale. The sale will be held from noon-6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3; 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4; and 9 a.m.-noon Sunday, Nov. 5 in the church’s Heritage Hall Parish Center.
Church members have donated many items for the sale, and shoppers will find an array of slightly-used Christmas treasures of all kinds.
Marjorie Henkemeyer, parish nurse, said there is something for everyone, including ornaments, trees, figurines, wreaths, outdoor Christmas display items and so much more.
“We are so fortunate to have generous church and community members who have donated beautiful items for the sale and volunteer to help set up and work at the sale,” Henkemeyer said. “This year’s Christmas raffle will include a set of Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls and other special items.”
The proceeds of the sale will be used to help pay for cleaning, electrical repair and tonal enhancements of the church’s pipe organ.
Henkemeyer said last year’s sale raised $5,000.
“We were so excited to raise $5,000,” she said. “The organ restoration project will cost around $160,000. The Willing Hands Christmas Sale is one more way to assist in raising the money.”
The church organ was installed in 1973 by pipe-organ consultant Arthur Kurtzman Jr. and assistant K.C. Marrin.
The sale is being hosted by the church’s Willing Hands group, along with many other area volunteers.
To volunteer at the sale or for more information, contact Henkemeyer at 320-363-4588 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Author: Cori Hilsgen
Hilsgen is a contributing reporter for the Newsleaders. The central Minnesota native is a wife, mother and grandmother. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Management and Communication from Concordia University – St. Paul, MN and enjoys learning about and sharing other people’s stories through the pages of the Newsleaders.