By Joe King, [email protected]

Seymour residents sift through the tables of bargains at the First Baptist Church Rummage Sale. (The Herald/ Archived Photo)

Seymour residents sift through the tables of bargains at the First Baptist Church Rummage Sale. (The Herald/ Archived Photo)

The annual First Baptist Church spring rummage sale was deemed a big success by organizers as the one day event took in about $9,000.

As anticipated by organizer Frank Enter, Seymour residents were lined up outside the door and through the length of the parking lot fifteen minutes before the doors even opened at 8 a.m.

Following suit of prior years, hundreds of people came out to shop for bargains among all the donated items. Although an official headcount was not taken, it is estimated by volunteers that about 500 people showed up sometime during the six hour event.

While the event is usually successful in the community, this year nearly $2,000 more was raised than the previous.

“We are very grateful to the Seymour community for helping us fund missions both here and around the world,” said FBC Pastor Bruce Yates. “It has not yet been determined what all of the funds will be used for, but we are planning a mission trip to New York City to assist a new church work there. We also may return to Nigeria at some point in the year.”

Since the missions rummage sale began about 12 years ago, SFB has sent missions teams from Vermont, Texas and Montana to Brazil, Ukraine, Guatemala, Nigeria and other countries around the globe.

“Our Lord Jesus Christ commands His church to be on a mission – to go into all the world and preach the gospel,” Yates said. “We want to go wherever and whenever He directs us.  Seymour community’s involvement is helping us fulfill the Great Commission to go.”

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