Join us in celebrating the 60th Anniversary of the Illinois Mennonite Relief Sale! Running the third weekend in March, the Illinois Mennonite Relief Sale has been held annually since 1959, and is one of forty sales in the United States and Canada. Join us for food, fun and fellowship from March 16–17 at the Interstate Center in Bloomington, IL. The theme for this year's sale is “Sharing God's Love and Compassion.”
Each year, over 1,500 volunteers share their time, funds, and talent to promote and assist the Illinois Mennonite Relief Sale for the purpose of providing relief for those in need at home and abroad. The Sale includes a grand auction, fish and chicken dinner, pancake and sausage breakfast, a dutch market and butcher shoppe, booths selling flowers and handmade goods from around the world, lunch stands, and more.
20% of the Illinois Relief Sale net income will be used locally by grassroots volunteers to provide food for those in need in Central Illinois.
80% of the net proceeds from the Sale are channeled through Mennonite Central Committee (MCC), an international relief and service agency located in Akron, Pennsylvania. Mennonite Central Committee, a worldwide ministry of Anabaptist churches, shares God’s love and compassion for all by responding to basic human needs and by working for peace and justice. MCC began in 1920 in Russian and Ukrainian villages needing assistance. Today MCC celebrates over 95 years of serving the needy in the name of Christ.
Presently, MCC has over 1,000 workers volunteering in 54 countries of the world. MCC is a hands-on, concrete ministry that addresses basic human needs such as water, food, and shelter; it works with churches and communities in a variety of efforts to serve the less fortunate and to build peace.
Learn more about MCC and how they carry out their mission of “relief, development and peace in the name of Christ.”
Friday, March 16
- 4:30 – 7:30 pm Fish / Chicken Barbecue dinners*
- 5:30 – 7:30 Rib-Eye Steaks, Butterfly Pork Chops, Barbecues, & Pork Burgers
- 4:30 Dutch Market / Butcher Shoppe Open
- 5:30 Booths Open
- 6:30 Auction Begins (with items for the entire family, plus quilts, wall hangings, etc.)
- 9:00 Auction concludes for evening
Saturday, March 17
- 6:00 – 11:00 am Pancakes / Sausage breakfast**
- 7:00 Dutch Market / Butcher Shoppe Open
- 7:00 Booths Open
- 8:30 Grand Auction Begins
- 10:15 Children's Auction
- 11:00 Rib-Eye Steaks, Butterfly Pork Chops, Barbecues, & Pork Burgers
- 12 Noon Prayer
- Auction continues and booths are open until sold out
The 2018 Relief Sale activities will conclude on or before 5:00 pm on March 17
As always, parking and admission are free!
Listen to the live broadcast of the the Relief Sale on WPEO AM 1020, FM 97.7, & 103.9 on Friday 3–7 pm and Saturday 6:30 am–2 pm.
For more information
*2018 pricing for Fish & Chicken is $8 for ¼ chicken or 1 fish fillet and $10 for ½ chicken or 2 fish fillets. Please note that if you're able to help out with serving during the Chicken & Fish Dinner from approx. 5:45–7:40 p.m. Friday night, sign up today.
**2018 pricing for Pancakes & Sausage is $8 for Adults and $4 for children 12 and under.