Ten Thousand Villages comes to Methodist church Dec. 7-8

Ten Thousand Villages comes to Methodist church Dec. 7-8 Ten Thousand Villages will bring the world to First United Methodist Church on Dec. 7, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Dec. 8, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Ten Thousand Villages is a job creation program of Mennonite Central Committee (the worldwide relief and development organization of Mennonite Church USA) that works in over 30 Third World countries to provide artisans a North American marketplace for their handicrafts.

Ten Thousand Villages is a fair trade organization and helps artisans who would otherwise be un- or under-employed provide their families with food, clothing, housing, education and health care.

Come see beautiful baskets and ceramics from Vietnam, musical instruments from Cameroon, handmade paper cards from Bangledesh, onyx candleholders from Pakistan, and jewelry crafted in India. Several other shopping opportunities will be offered.

The Alternative Christmas Market will also begin. Goats and job training, medicines and eye surgery, solar cookers and bicycles, micro loans and tree seedlings, relief for orphans and shelter for the homeless � these are some of the authentic life-giving gifts made available through Alternative Gifts International.

Founded in 1980 in Pasadena, CA, AGI develops alternative gift markets in the U.S. and overseas. Over 270 churches, organizations, and schools will hold alternative markets this year nationwide.

Habitat for Humanity will have holiday cards for sale. Decorative Christmas cookies will be available for $4 per pound. The UMC Youth Group will sell taverns and pies. Come and enjoy a truly unique shopping experience.

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