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Advent Craft Festival and Alternative Gift Market

Join us on Sunday, November 24, in the Fellowship Hall
for the annual Advent Craft Festival & Alternative Gift Market!

November 24 Schedule of Events:
Advent Craft Festival: 9:45 – 10:45 a.m.
Alternative Gift Market: 9:45 – 10:45 a.m. 

Advent Craft Festival

What is it, and how does it work? The Advent Craft Festival is planned by the Children’s Subcommittee. Children of all ages can make fun family crafts in preparation for Advent. You might also want to bring a tote bag to store your completed crafts. Please contact Nancy Myer ( or Lauren Garber ( if you would like to help us plan one of the crafts for the festival, donate supplies, or volunteer at one of the craft tables on the day of the festival.

As part of the Advent Craft Festival again this year, the Children’s Sub-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. If you would like to donate food for this effort, please click the button below!

Click here to sign up for food donations

Alternative Gift Market

What is it, and how does it work? 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 place an order at a table that will be set up in the narthex on Sundays, December 1, 9, and 16. 

Click here for the Alternative Gift Market Shopping List

Save the date of November 24 for snacks,
coffee, crafts, alternative gifts, and FUN!