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Advent Craft Festival and Alternative Gift Market

November 19 Schedule of Events:

Advent Craft Festival: 9:45 – 10:45 a.m.
Alternative Gift Market: 9:45 – 10:45 a.m. and 12:00 – 12:30 p.m. (scroll down)

Advent Craft Festival

The Advent Craft Festival is planned by the Children’s and Youth Ministry Committee. Children of all ages can make fun family crafts in preparation for Advent. We suggest participants either “dress down” or bring an old t-shirt or smock that can get messy. You might also want to bring a tote bag to store your completed crafts.

If you would like to donate supplies or volunteer at one of the craft tables on the day of the festival, please contact Nancy Myer (nancy@upcch.org) or Ashley Wallace (ashleyswallace@gmail.com)

As part of the Advent Craft Festival again this year, the Children’s and Youth Ministry committee would like to include an activity that gives the children and youth of UPC an opportunity to reach out to other children in the community. We will be collecting non-perishable food to support the Weekend Meal Backpack Program sponsored by TABLE. Children and youth are invited and encouraged to bring in food contributions on November 5 and November 12. The meal bags will be packed by Advent Craft Festival participants on November 19, and the bags will be transported to TABLE. Click here for more information on this program.

To ensure we collect enough of each type of food, each grade level has been assigned an item. We hope to collect 100 of each item so that we can pack 100 meal bags… so please feel free to bring in several!

3 & 4-year-olds: Entrée, such as single servings of macaroni and cheese (individual cups, not boxes), cans or boxes of soup, canned tuna, canned pasta or ravioli, Hormel Compleats, etc. Please get pop top lids if possible for canned goods.

Kindergarten: Small plastic jar of peanut butter

1st grade: Individual snack bags (goldfish, pretzels, or something similar)

2nd grade: Box of crackers that come in sleeves (graham crackers, Ritz, saltines, etc.)

3rd grade: Small plastic jar of peanut butter

4th grade: Entrée, such as single servings of macaroni and cheese (individual cups, not boxes), cans or boxes of soup, canned tuna, canned pasta or ravioli, Hormel Compleats, etc. Please get pop top lids if possible for canned goods.

5th grade: Box of granola bars

6th & 7th grade: one-pound bags of rice

Confirmation: Small cans of fruit (cans instead of cups since cups burst easily in bags! Pop tops if possible)

High SchoolIndividual oatmeal packets (or a box of six, ten, etc.)

Alternative Gift Market

The Alternative Gift Market is organized by the Global Outreach Committee. This market offers an opportunity for folks to purchase a gift in honor of someone, such as a family member, friend, coworker, boss, etc. The alternative gift you select—food, medicine, livestock, shelter, development aid—will be sent overseas or to poverty-stricken areas in the United States by ecumenical non-profit agencies. At the Market, you will select a gift from a shopping list, pay for it (checks only, please) and get a descriptive insert to put in a free Christmas card you select and give to the person you are honoring. An alternative gift is a perfect “sustainable and green” gift idea that blesses the donor and the receiver.

If you cannot attend the market, you may make an order at a table that will be set up in the narthex on Sundays, November 26, December 3, and December 10. Click here to view the shopping lists. Copies are also available in the narthex on Sundays.

Alternative Gift Market

Save the date of November 19 for snacks, coffee, crafts, alternative gifts and FUN!