Residents of Springville and surrounding areas are invited to get a head start on their Christmas preparations at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church’s Annual Cookie Sale and Basket Raffle on Saturday, Dec. 10 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parish hall.

The cookie sale is a well-known Christmas tradition in the Springville area, offering dozens of delicious home-baked Christmas cookies and gift baskets, perfect for holiday gifts or Christmas celebrations.

The sale is organized by St. Paul’s “Craft and Gab” group, which meets weekly at the church. Spokesperson Louise Janish, one of the original organizers of the event, says that the sale was the first of its kind in the Springville area.

“We came up with the idea of a cookie sale about five years ago, as a way to raise funds for the church.” she says. “We were the first ones in the area to do it, and now many other churches have followed suit. It is so popular that we always sell out of cookies. Last year, we also had about 100 gift baskets as well, and we expect to have even more this year.  We have baskets that contain items for children and adults, as well as food and wine baskets and hand-made goods – there is definitely something for everyone.”

Live Christmas music will also entertain shoppers, who are invited to purchase a container for $10, which they can fill to the brim with a wide variety of cookies offered in bulk. Cookies are baked locally by group members (and well-known local bakers) Jean Blakely, Betty Weronski, Barb Bilz, Kathy Roosa and Karen Deperro, as well as other parishioners and friends of St. Paul’s.

“These ladies work very hard to make sure that everything runs smoothly, and they have a lot of fun doing it.” says the Rev. Gary Schindler, Vicar at St. Paul’s. “We really appreciate everyone’s help in making events like this a success. It is wonderful to be part of such a close-knit community that supports one another.”

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church is located at 591 East Main Street, Springville. The small and vital parish looks to spread the good news of God to their community. For more information about St. Paul’s, call the church office at (716) 592- 2153.