October 30, 2016

Los Altos Ministry News

The LAUMC Alternative Christmas Market Helps Thousands of People

The Alternative Christmas Market concept is a wonderful way to ease holiday shopping stress, help raise funds for charities, and give a gift to those in need. This year’s LAUMC market is scheduled for Sunday, November 20 and will take place in the Lounge and on the patio. If you haven’t attended before, make sure you check it out this year.

Make your Christmas Gift Giving Meaningful
In the spirit of making God’s love tangible, the Alternative Christmas Market brings together non-profit organizations that address social issues on a local, national, and international level to give shoppers the opportunity to participate in meaningful gift giving. Various church groups will be sponsoring mission projects to help raise money for specific causes. For instance, at this year’s Market, you can support Habitat for Humanity and your donations will help to build 38 new homes in Long Beach. The United Methodist Women will be raising money for UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) and the Missions Committee will be raising money for two local organizations; COA and Toberman Neighborhood Center in San Pedro, a mission project of the UMC. There will also be actual tangible gift items that you can purchase and wrap up as presents for your friends and family. Fabric gift items may be purchased from Hands of Hope; a sewing business that provides former commercial sex workers in Cambodia an opportunity to build new futures for themselves. New this year will be a variety of beautiful gift items from Ten Thousand Villages. By selling items skillfully handmade by people all over the world, this fair trade organization brings dignity and opportunity for a better quality of life to tens of thousands of people. These are just a few of the many opportunities that will be available at the market.

Can I really Make a Difference by Shopping?
Yes, you can. LAUMC members have supported the Alternative Christmas Market for decades and tens of thousands of dollars have been raised over the years. Your contribution of even $5 helps to support worthy causes. Shopping lists are available the day of the market so you can visit the various booths, decide which agencies you wish to support, record your donations on the shopping list and turn in your contribution to a central cashier. You can write one check for all of your donations. The cashier will have a variety of attractive cards that you may give to your loved ones to let them know that their gifts from you this year were donations to worthwhile organizations. Tangible gifts supporting the agencies in the market can be purchased directly from the agency.

Come to the Market this year and give something meaningful for Christmas.