Christmas Marketplace to Provide Drinking Water! (11/16/19)

Posted by on Nov 2, 2019 in EventAnnouncement, Mission: Beyond our Community, UMCOR, UMW | 0 comments

We’re using our crafting talents to help people in our neighborhood and around the globe.  Who would have thought that painting, crocheting, or knitting could be used to provide people with clean drinking water or to give a pregnant woman a ride to her doctor’s office?  God gives us all sorts of talents (“gifts”) so that we can use them to get help to people who are in need.

 

Do all the good you can…

Christ calls us to “feed the hungry, clothe the naked, visit the prisoners…”

Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world.

For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home.  I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.

Matthew 25:34-36 (NLT)

 

Using whatever means you can…

John Wesley (our denomination’s founder) put some practical advice to Jesus’ command when he famously said that we should use any means we can to help people.  This means that we should use our imagination.  To think “outside the box” and use whatever talents are at our disposal…. 

Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.

And so, our “Scrappy Quilters” are making quilts to “feed the hungry, clothe the naked, visit the prisoners…”  Enter the Christmas Marketplace!

 

Christmas Marketplace

On November 16, we’ll hold our “Second Annual(?)” Christmas Marketplace.  This marketplace will feature the arts and crafts from members of our church and community.  Proceeds from the sales of these items will go to “do good.”

Part of the proceeds will fund the mission work of our United Methodist Women, and part will be sent to UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) to help provide clean drinking water to people around the world.

2019 Christmas Marketplace

  • WHEN:   Saturday November 16
  • TIMES:   9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
  • WHERE: Pitman UMC Fellowship Hall

If you would like to exhibit your crafts, click the below button to access the registration form:

Exhibitor Registration

 

Last year’s Marketplace featured an amazing variety of arts and crafts that were for sale.  The Marketplace shouldn’t be confused with a “yard sale.”  Our Scrappy Quilters sold blankets, Hooks and Needles sold prayer shawls, blankets, and hats. Our Master’s Carpenters group offered their creations of, signs, advent wreaths, and inspirational sayings lasered on recycled wood.  Throughout the marketplace there were Christmas ornaments, candles, plants, and of course… food!

Whether you’re just browsing or taking a serious stab at your Christmas shopping, the Marketplace is a beautiful experience…. and you’ll be helping others.

 To view the article reporting last year’s Marketplace, click this button:  2018 Marketplace  

 

Here are a few glimpses of last year’s Marketplace…

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Proceeds from the Christmas Marketplace will be divided between the missions of our United Methodist Women and the disaster response efforts of the United Methodist’s response team, UMCOR.  Here’s a taste of the work being done by these two organizations…

United Methodist Women

Methodist churches have always been formed on “societies” or “small groups.”  One of the first and most important societies formed was the Women’s Society.   Today, the United Methodist Women is world-wide ; most local United Methodist churches include a United Methodist Women’s group. 

The groups organize Bible studies, but they are also very active in mission.  In fact, the tagline slogan for the Pitman United Methodist Women is:   United Methodist Women ~ we make a difference!

We make a difference in the world around us.  We make a difference to people suffering with addictions.  We make a difference for students struggling to pay tuition.  We make a difference to people struggling to put food on the table.  The goal of our United Methodist Women- and indeed our whole church- is to make a difference in the lives of ordinary people.

So part of the proceeds from the Christmas Marketplace will go to support the missions that Our United Methodist Women have been supporting all year.  Here are a few examples of how the women have been helping people this year (click on the links to learn more about each ministry):

Here are some more updates from our UMW President, Staci Scheetz…

In addition, we collected $1125 in gift cards for the domestic violence/human trafficking shelter!!!!  Our first attempt to support this amazing organization was a great success!!!  For more information this organization Center for Family Services, check their website at www.centerffs.org.

One of the ministries supported by the “Center for Family Services” is called SERV “Services Empowering Rights of Victims”.   PUMC hosts sessions conducted by SERV which train volunteers to become a certified member of a “Domestic Response Team.”  For more info on SERV, check out this website article:    SERVE  

Also, and just as amazing, we supported the Presbyterian Church’s Summer Lunch Program through our “Love Our Neighbors Toiletry Collection.”  This program provided 2410 lunches to 62 Ptiman children.  Our collection provided cereal for all of the children and toiletries for all of the families.  Several of our members and friends helped with packing and distribution.  I am so inspired by the Presbyterian Church’s program and the collaboration of our congregations.  UMW at its best!

United Methodist Women ~ we make a difference!

 

UMCOR Water Project

In addition to the work of our church’s United Methodist Women, part of the Christmas Marketplace proceeds will be sent to UMCOR (our church’s disaster relief organization).  Believe it or not, the simple availability of clean drinking water is a basic need that’s not filled throughout the world. 

Check out this video describing the global crisis regarding water…

 

Christmas Marketplace

So, when you participate in our Christmas Marketplace, you’ll be able to buy some great stuff.  You’ll be able to get a head start on your Christmas shopping.  But, in many many ways both within our local community and beyond our shores, you’ll also be helping people who are dealing with real-life needs.  You’ll join in our church’s efforts to “Make a Difference.”

 

 

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To learn more about our United Methodist Women, click this button:     UMW  

To learn more about UMCOR, try clicking this button:                                UMCOR  

 

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