Fair Trade, environmentally sustainable artisan items from around the world will be for sale throughout the morning at the Alternative Gift Market next Sunday in the Activity Center.
Merchandise will include household, apparel, holiday, and gift items from SERRV (www.serrv.org), coffee, chocolates, and teas from the interfaith-sponsored Equal Exchange (www.equalexchange.coop), hand-crafted jewelry from Africa sold by a local Girl Scout troop on behalf of the Light Up a Life Project (www.lightupalifeproject.org), and items brought back from Bolivia by this summer’s Youth Mission Team.
The Fe y Esperanza congregation will take orders for Christmas tamales (chicken or pork @ $15/dozen) and sell their handmade Christmas cards and gift tags.
The market will provide information about and ways to support other ministries, too. One example is a toilet paper drive for clients of SEARCH Homeless Services (www.SEARCHhomeless.org) who are living in transitional housing. Food stamps do not cover these critical paper products. Barrels will be at the church entrances to collect toilet paper donated for this purpose and rolls will be “sold” to raise funds to support this effort of SEARCH.