Saturday, November 11 • 10am – 4pm
Sunday, November 12 • 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 8th annual Sharing the Joy is November 11 and 12 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.

2017 Participants

Allies in Youth Development (Carla Fink, 817-291-4887, thephynques@sbcglobal.net)  Mentoring program between in-country university students and orphans in their area. 

ApParent Project  (Julie Westerman, 817-763-5720, jule.westerman@gmail.com) Efforts in Haiti to keep families together - sells metal ornaments made from steel drums crafted by Haitian artisans. 

Center for Development in Central America (Sarah Junkin Woodard, Sarah@jhc-cdca.org)  Working with communities to create self-sufficient, sustainable, democratic entities: Organic Crops Cooperative, Organic Cotton, Sustainable Development Programs based on Agriculture, The Vida Fund (loans to growers and businesses), Health Clinic. Products sold are handmade by artisans in Nicaragua.

Community Enrichment Center (Angie Akmakjiam, AngieA@thecec.org) Assist women and single mothers to support themselves and get out of abusive relationships. 

Community Storehouse (Ellyn Temple, 817-431-3340, volcoordinator@communitystorehouse.org) Provides support for disadvantaged children/families in Keller.

Congo Restoration (Dawn McMullan, 214-824-3265 or 214-727-8254 dmcmullan@sbcglobal.net, Ruth Callahan, 817 939-1023) Focus is war orphans, education and victimized women.

Crafty Crafters Circle  (Susan Stitt, susanstitt472gmail.com)  Creative crafts made to benefit different missions within the church.

Fair and Square Imports (Andrew & Kate Jones, 469-343-4421, andrew.jones@fairandsquareimports.com )  McKinney, Ten Thousand Villages products and other fair trade products. 

GYTTE, Mexico (Terry and Muriel Henderson, 817-204-7541, terrymurielusa@aol.com) Support for mission work in Mexico. 

Heifer Project - Will accept donations for the Heifer Project, Int. and sell stuffed animals and books. All proceeds go to Heifer. 

Justice for Our Neighbors (Graham Bateman, graham@jfonfw.org, 817-310-8320, Grapevine office) will accept donations to help with immigration needs in Tarrant County.

Kathy’s Kitchen The kitchen offers soups and cookies to Sharing the Joy participants and guests.

Keller UMC Missions

Marfa Ministry (Janet Fisher 940 367-3273, janetfisher@marfaministry.org)  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.

Phillip’s Wish (Missy Hubbard, 817 832-4544, missyhubbard@medi-dyne.com) A mission that provides blankets, sleeping bags, shoes, coats, and other items to keep people sheltered from the cold. This mission started when one small child asked, “Mom, is everybody warm?”

Peg’s Mayan Jewels (Peg Meyer, 817 223-2321, pegsmayanjewels@gmail.com) 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.

Pilgrims of Ibillin (Joan Deming, 608 235-1046, jdeming7@gmail.com) Offering olive oil soap from West Bank (Zababdeh). The mission is to cultivate a just peace in Israel-Palestine. 

Presbyterian Night Shelter (Harriet Willis, 817-614-6644, hwillis@journeyhome.org) Service for homeless, non-profit in Fort Worth. 

Seeds of Hope/Women’s Connection Center (Diane Bishop, 817-239-5298, dianebishopdbd@gmail.com) 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  Lorna Almas, almaslorna@yahoo.com. Supports the Presbyterian SHE project – scarves and other handmade items by artisans in Pakistan.

Slovakia Methodism came to Eastern Europe in the 1920's, but during the 70 years of Communism the Methodist churches were almost wiped out.  In 2001 the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries began a program to support and encourage the small congregations that survived.  Under this program Keller UMC is partnered with Trnava ECM (Evanjelicka Cirkev Metodisticka) in Slovakia.

Sisters of Sewing Circle (Gloria Faver, gbfaver1@yahoo.com, Julie McLauchlin, jwmclauchlin@yahoo.com; Honey Kozey, kozey1964@gmail.com) Will sell handcrafted items made by this circle. Proceeds go to UMW missions.

United Community Center/Angel Tree Project  (Janna Elliott, jannale@msn.com) Donations of Christmas gifts for children in Tarrant County.