Saturday, November 10 • 10am – 4pm
Sunday, November 11 • 9am – 1pm
Support our neighbors locally and around the world as you shop!
Sharing the Joy is our annual alternative gift fair presented by the United Methodist Women. Our 9th annual Sharing the Joy is November 10 and 11 in the Family Life Center. This alternative market event supports non-profit and fair trade organizations. The non-profits that will be present are local, as well as international and support ministries that help those in need from digging water wells around the world to assistance for the homeless. The fair trade organizations offer numerous products, such as paper bead jewelry, oil-drum art, home décor items, organic coffee and chocolate and so much more. Each product is made by an artisan who is struggling to support a family. It is a great place to find Christmas gifts that are unique as well as give gifts to nonprofit organizations in honor of a loved one. Twenty-five organizations will be present. If you would like to support your neighbors at home and around the world, plan on joining us for Sharing the Joy.
Ahadi – Ahadi is a textile and fiber collective run by a community of African refugees, many of whom came to the United States as refugees from war, genocide and turmoil to get started on a new life. Products include aromatherapy pillows, handbags, totebags, baby clothes/bibs, bowl koozies, potholders, and cord tacos.
ApParent Project – ApParent supports opportunities for Haitians to provide for themselves and their families, empowering them to rise out of poverty… to be able to keep their families together… to avoid relinquishing their children to orphanages… providing educational opportunities for both parents & their children. Products include handmade products created from discarded materials such as cereal boxes and oil drums. Metal ornaments and wall hangings, paper and metal jewelry, backpacks are some examples.
Congo Restoration – The mission of Congo Restoration is to revitalize the Democratic Republic of Congo, one village at a time, restoring hope and dignity by empowering women and children who have been brutalized by war. Founded by Gorethy Nabushosi in 2008, Congo Restoration works toward that mission by educating and keeping safe those who have been most vulnerable in the conflict: women and children. The products include table runners and napkins.
Fair and Square Imports – Fair and Square works only with fair trade organizations that put the artisan first. All the items are ethically made from over 440 different developing countries. These include jewelry, accessories, toys and gifts, and Threadies.
GYTTE, Mexico – Support for mission work in Mexico. Products include handcrafted items from Mexico.
Grace Roads International – This Nepali ministry serves 70 children, ages 5-15, at Little Angels Home. They support School of Missions where students get their diplomas and are sent out to plant churches in different villages. They also support village pastors/skill development projects, especially for widows and underprivileged women. Pashmina shawls and handcrafted carpets will be available for purchase.
Heifer Project – This organization sponsors projects that will enhance the capacity of vulnerable smallscale farmers, especially women, to secure their livelihoods. Heifer International’s work results in a sustainable solution to world hunger and poverty. Small stuffed animals and books are sold as well as farm animals. Contributions also accepted.
It’s for Africa – It’s for Africa’s purpose is to empower Africans to overcome poverty and reach their full potential by helping them to improve their health, cultivate their dignity, and become increasingly self-reliant. Products include accessories, home décor, and jewelry.
Justice for Our Neighbors –Justice for Our Neighbors-Dallas/Fort Worth is a Methodist Immigration Ministry that has provided lowcost immigration legal services since 1999. Each day we put into action the Methodist Social Principles of loving our neighbors as ourselves and providing for the welfare of immigrants instead of oppressing them. Will accept donations to help with immigration needs in Tarrant County and sells tamales.
Kathy’s Kitchen – The kitchen offers soups and cookies to Sharing the Joy participants and guests.
Kikulu – Kikulu partners with schools, vocational training programs, and communities around the globe to insure all women and children, regardless of where they live, have access to opportunity and quality education. We do this through student scholarships, teacher training support, equipping classrooms with needed materials and resources, and advocating for global education. Handmade items from Ecuador, Kenya, Uganda, India, and Indonesia.
Marfa Ministry – Marfa Ministry will seek to provide support for churches around the world that are struggling to be self-sufficient. The organization will do this by taking mission teams to the sites and by the sale of items donated by the Eurasian churches. Products include note cards and prints.
Native American Ministries – “Five Blessings Jewelry” is an economic justice ministry with Native Americans in the Utah/Western Colorado District of the United Methodist Church. We pay cash for each item bought from the crafter or family representative. All revenue above the cost of the item is invested in education, leadership development, mission teams, school supplies – all for Native American people. We have different types of beaded jewelry, some of which is beaded onto doeskin. We also have earrings, bracelets, zipper pulls, bookmarks, bolo ties, pins and broaches, lanyards and key chains and fobs, money clips, hat bands, a sash belt or two, and barrettes. There are a few bracelet-necklace sets for children. Aho!
Ornaments 4 Orphans – Ornaments 4 Orphans is a fair-trade social enterprise dedicated to providing support for orphans and vulnerable children in Africa. They create jobs, fight poverty, preserve families, empower communities, and ultimately prevent orphans. Products sold are ornaments, nativities, dolls, stuffed animals, and stocking stuffers.
Paper for Water – Paper For Water’s primary function is to raise money to fund water wells world-wide. It is committed to teaching children in developed countries about the world water crisis. The product is Origami ornaments.
Peg’s Mayan Jewels – serves as a liaison between the Mayan community in rural Guatemala and supporters here interested in the Mayan culture. Helps ensure the continuity of their craft and provides Mayan women income to feed their families. The products include all kinds of jewelry.
Pilgrims of Ibillin – The mission is to cultivate a just peace in Israel-Palestine. The product is olive oil soap from West Bank (Zababdeh).
Rahab’s Rope – Since 2004, Rahab’s Rope has existed to spread awareness and help eradicate sex trafficking. We give hope and opportunity to those who are at risk or have been forced into the sex trade. We work in the areas of prevention, direct intervention and aftercare. Products include all types of jewelry.
Red Bird Mission – Red Bird Mission Crafts assists local craft persons within an eighty mile radius of Red Bird Mission (Kentucky) with crafts marketing and development. The ministry provides extra income to retired, disabled and unemployed persons living with limited resources. Crafts offered are textiles, jewelry, baskets, wooden toys, pottery, coal figurines, and Christmas ornaments.
Seeds of Hope/Women’s Connection Center – Handcrafts from artisans around the world and especially from Mozambique. Proceeds go back to artisans so they can be self-supporting and produce more merchandise.
SHE Project – Supports the Presbyterian SHE project– scarves and other handmade items by artisans in Pakistan.
SOS Circle – Will sell handcrafted items made by these circles. Proceeds go to UMW missions.
United Community Center/Angel Tree Project – donations of Christmas gifts for children in Tarrant County.
XsProject – XSProject purchases trash at above average prices from trash picking community members and then transforms this trash into beautifully crafted designs. XSProject is not only using small consumer wastes products like oil and soap packets but are now creating products out of advertising banners and other large-scale waste. (Jakarta, Indonesia)
Gifts and Boxes – Gifts and boxes will be available to shoppers