Back by popular demand, our annual Fair Trade and Heifer Christmas Market, which is sponsored by our Sunday School, for an International mission project. Mission Commission also supports this project. We will be selling shares of Heifer animals to be given to poor women, families, and villages to enable them to work and lift themselves out of the worst of their poverty. “Everybody got a water buffalo?”, if not come see us and you may even get a song with your water buffalo on November 23.
We will also be selling some wonderful handcrafted gifts such as jewelry, Christmas Ornaments, Authentic Fair Trade coffee, jams, and other interesting items. Do your Christmas shopping with us and you get more “bang for your buck”; a present to give to a loved one or friend and a gift to the world–to craft cooperatives in poor communities working their way out poverty by selling their handmade goods at a fair price. Truly a gift for Jesus’ birthday. We will have items from Peru, India, Palestinian Territories, Phillipines, Kenya and a number of other countries. Celtic Christmas songs CDs will also be for sale. They were made by musicians in the Presbyterian church at large and donated to raise money for the Living Waters project. You may remember that we were raising funds last year to help with the maintenance of our Living Water system at the Big House Orphanage in Haiti. This is the same organization that provides the systems and helps to train locals to run and maintain them. Parents, we hope that you bring your kids to the market and talk with them ahead of time about our market: how these gifts are a present for Jesus’ birthday that helps people, using your Christmas money in less commercial ways, and giving the world a present all at the same time. You can ask Heidi Haring if you need information to share with your kids. You can also look at the www.SERRV. org website for stories of artisans and information about fair trade. We hope to see kids of all ages; 1–101+ there!