West End United Methodist Church

Advent Virtual Missions Market

Oh how we long for the days of packing into Reed Hall with local merchants with a heart for the people they serve! Because we are not gathering in  large groups yet, we are switching to a virtual missions market for 2020. Please support these vendors with your purchases this holiday season :

ODIM Guatemala - http://www.odimguatemala.org/product/mascarilla-tipica - Our partners at the Organization for the Devleopment of the Indigenous Maya (ODIM) in  Guatemala have made gorgeous masks and are selling them online here.  They have adult and children's sizes. What a wonderful way to support our partners and how amazing is it that their work 

Check out the ever popular stepping stones from Chimes for Justice here in our store! Please note that these cannot be shipped. If you order a stone, you will be able to pick it up from the church the Sunday after you order it in the parking lot of the church. 

Thistle Farms https://thistlefarms.org/ - The work of love is to keep lighting the way for millions of women still searching for a way out.
For over 20 years, Thistle Farms has lit a pathway of healing and hope for women survivors of trafficking, prostitution, and addiction.  This Christmas, give the gift of a candle, body spray, essential oil, or body wash. 

Humphreys Street Coffee -https://humphreysstreet.com/shop-all-products/ - Humphreys Street, a social enterprise of Harvest Hands CDC, was born out of a desire to raise up leaders within our neighborhood by creating jobs, providing mentorship opportunities, and teaching job skills that empower youth such as customer service, marketing, and craftsmanship.

Preston Taylor Ministries Cards https://shop.prestontaylorministries.org/ -  Launching a social enterprise has long been a dream of PTM’s. Our hope is that through this store, our students will have the opportunity to learn entrepreneurial skills- from product creation to marketing and customer research. Our products are either direct creations of our students or merchandise that profits’ will go back to supporting programing for our students. 

Ten Thousand Villageshttps://www.tenthousandvillages.com/ - Purposeful goods crafted by hand for home and life.

Earl Henry Bird Prints - https://www.earlhenrybirdprints.com/ - $5 from the sale of each of these card sets will go towards the Room in the Inn Veterans Program. 

The CLASSIC ASSORTMENT includes 12 unique Note Cards and 13 envelopes and a folded biography of the artist, packaged in a clear box.  Included are these colorful images:  Cardinal I, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Cardinal II, Orchard Oriole, Kentucky Cardinal, Northern Oriole, Cedar Waxwing, Scarlet Tanager, Painted Bunting, Ruby-throated Hummingbird I, Ruby-throated Hummingbird II, American Eagle in the Pacific.

Advent Special Offering

This year's Advent Special Offering will go to Miriam's Promise -  Miriam’s Promise is a licensed child-placing agency located in Nashville, Tenn. Founded in 1985 by the Tennessee Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church to provide crisis pregnancy counseling and parenting and adoption services.  The not-for-profit organization serves children, expectant parents and families hoping to adopt throughout Middle Tennessee.  Our funds will help them fulfill their promise to ensure the well-being of the child by nurturing individuals and families. For more information, visit http://www.miriamspromise.org/ or contact Dietz Osborn: dietzo@miriamspromise.org

Green Giving Guide

Our Creation Care team has put together a green giving guide that allows you to make sustainable purchases for your family and friends when you shop this year. Check out the green gift guide here.

Share the Gift Alternative Gift Catalog

At West End UMC, we believe that Advent is a time to celebrate how we are set apart.  Advent is not about the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping and overbooked calendars.  It’s about preparing for and celebrating the greatest gift the world has ever known—the birth of Jesus Christ!  We celebrate this world-changing gift by giving differently, living differently, and spending differently. 

The focus of this alternative giving catalog is to invite you to spend and give differently by making a donation to a local or global ministry in honor of a loved one.  We will give you special giving cards so you can send them to the person you’re honoring.  Turn the page and take a look at the various ways you can support our local and global neighbors in need.