Religion News: October 2021

Everyone’s invited to the “Trunk or Treat” event at Crozet Baptist October 24. Submitted photo.

Holiday Market at Emmanuel 

One of a kind items, handmade garments, antiques, dolls, ornaments and all kinds of artistic creations will be available at the Holiday Market at Emmanuel Episcopal Church Nov. 6.

This year’s market follows the success of the first. In the midst of a long, lonely year, some members of the Greenwood church came up with an idea to breathe some fun and human contact into the 2020 holidays. “It was really the brainchild of Diane Fraser,” said Susan Duke, the director of this year’s Holiday Market. “But really, all of us were going stir crazy and were ready to get out of the house.” 

They planned a day in early November and invited vendors and food trucks to set up on the historic grounds. Craftspeople and bakers, artists and authors accepted, and were glad of the chance to sell their creations as well as to be outside on a gorgeous fall day. 

Emmanuel Episcopal welcomes everyone to a holiday market Nov. 6

“It’s the perfect event for these times,” Duke said. “We have such spacious grounds that no one has to be crowded.” Food trucks will dispense coffee, pizza and cake at this year’s market, and jazz, bluegrass and light rock will provide background music.

Vendors this year will bring paintings, handmade signs, custom embroidery, pottery, books, homemade Worcestershire sauce, soap, honey, antiques and miscellaneous small household items. New this year is a “Bountiful Blessings” table, a showcase for the products that reflect the creative talents of church members, all donated for the work of the church. 

Duke said the vast space allows them to accept as many vendors as they think appropriate. and invited anyone with a suitable product to apply through the website, 

The Crozet United Methodist Women will host their Christmas Bazaar again after its COVID hiatus on Dec. 4, from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Small Blessings

Everyone is invited to a festive fall event at Crozet Baptist Church, where treats are plentiful and ghosts have a smile on their faces. The event will begin at 5:30 in the church parking lot on St. George Avenue, Sunday, Oct. 24. It’s a community event and open to all people of all ages.

At St. Paul’s, Ivy, the congregation is organizing 60 dinners for six nights for the people served by PACEM. This grassroots organization works with 80 local congregations to provide shelter and other services to people who are homeless. Because of COVID regulations, shelter is now provided year-round at a Charlottesville motel. The majority of those housed with this new service are older than 50. Find out how you can help at

There’s still time to join the “Friends of the Poor” walk with members of Our Lady of the Rosary Mission. The walk begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, October 9 at Mint Springs Park and walkers collect pledges from the community to benefit the work of the St. Vincent de Paul Society, a universally respected organization that has helped the poor for nearly 200 years. For information about making a pledge, go to

Crozet UMC will host a luncheon for new members and those wanting to find out more about membership on Sunday, Oct. 3. Those interested can send names and number attending to [email protected], or call 434-823-4420.

The Tabor Presbyterian Church backpack project was able to give families 30 backpacks filled with school supplies for 30 children. 


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