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Advent Outreach Opportunities

Share the Gift Mission Markets 
Sunday mornings, December 3, 10, and 17

Share the gift of Christmas by shopping this catalog and by visiting our mission markets during Advent.  Rethink the typical Christmas gift by purchasing fair trade and handmade gifts in Reed Hall on Sundays, December 3, 10, and 17.  You will be able to purchase locally made products from Thistle Farms, Justice for Our Neighbors, Humphrey

Street Coffee, WOW Soap, Henderson Settlement, DreamWeave and Tom Turnbull Pottery (benefits Green Street).  You can also purchase handmade items from Guatemala.  Additionally, you can pick up your alternative giving cards (with your order from the Alternative Giving Catalog).  


Provide Christmas Gifts for a Foster Child

We are working with TAK (Tennessee Alliance for Kids) which serves as the bridge between the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services (DCS) and the faith-based community of Tennessee. There are currently 523 kids in Davidson County foster care, and TAK usually receives wish lists for 350-400 children. Our hope is to provide gifts for 25 children. If you would like to provide Christmas gifts for a foster child, wish lists with gift suggestions can be picked up in Reed Hall on November 19 and 26.  A child can be sponsored by individuals, families, a group of friends, Sunday School classes, or small groups. All gifts must be brought to the church by Sunday, December 10. If you would like to sponsor a child but cannot come by Reed Hall, contact Elizabeth McGuire at elizabethpmcguire@gmail.com or 615.856.9361 who can match you with a child.


Toys and/or Gift Cards for Last Minute Toy Store (LMtS) 

As the name suggests, LMtS is the LAST CHANCE for families to receive toys who have not been helped by or missed the deadlines for Middle Tennessee’s other Christmas charities and organizations. The LMtS is once again prepared to offer new, free Christmas presents to over 5,000 children.  New, unwrapped toys and other age-appropriate gifts in the $10 – $25 price range are needed for ages newborn to eighteen. It is sometimes hard to find gift items in the $10-$25 price range for teenagers. Please consider donating gift cards in the amount of $10-$25 to stores such as: Walmart, Amazon, Old Navy, Rue 21, Dollar General etc. (iTunes NO Longer recommended!). If you would prefer to buy specific items, to find gift ideas, go to lastminutetoystore.com.


Advent Special Offering: Village at Glencliff Furnishings for Micro Homes

The vision of The Village at Glencliff, an Open Table Nashville Community, is to provide a dignified, loving, and hospitable bridge housing community for our most vulnerable friends experiencing homelessness in Nashville in an effort to meet each individual’s most basic needs so that residents are empowered to focus on healing and permanent supportive housing. The Village at Glencliff is intended to support people experiencing homelessness who have medical vulnerabilities and are not able to immediately access permanent housing.  The program blends two residential models—bridge housing and medical respite.  The village will consist of 20 micro homes that are 220 square feet each including a kitchen and bathroom.

Each of the micro homes needs furnishing.  For $500, we can provide a table, bench and mattress for one home.  $2,500 will furnish 5, $5,000 will furnish 10 and $10,000 will furnish all 20 of the homes being built.  How many can West End UMC furnish? You can contribute to the Special Advent Offering for Open Table Nashville throughout the month of December. Just designate your gift for “Village at Glencliff.”