Kern United Methodist Church will have its annual Alternative Gift Fair this Saturday, December 6, in the church’s Family Life Center from 9 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.
This annual event offers unique gift items that help end hunger and poverty for the families of artisans in economically disadvantaged areas around the globe. “Shop the World Gifts” of Englewood, Tennessee, and “Moja Fair Trade Fashions” of Maryville, Tennessee, will have booths full of beautiful, useful gifts for everyone on your list. Moja works directly with artisans in Kenya and Uganda to provide ethically produced and fashionable jewelry, accessories and home décor, while Shop the World Gifts obtains their merchandise through missionaries and several fair trade organizations.
At the Heifer International table, you may choose to donate farm animals to help families around the world become self-reliant. Your favorite fair trade Equal Exchange coffees and chocolates will be available for purchase.
Local programs that serve people in our community and beyond will also have items for sale.
All proceeds go to support ministries and programs for people in need.
In conjunction with the Alternative Gift Fair, the United Methodist Women of Kern will hold a Bake Sale/Mini-Bazaar. The UMW will offer “ham and biscuits” for sale starting at 9 a.m., soup starting at 11 a.m., and desserts by the slice throughout the event.
All types of homemade baked goods, such as Thelma Douglass’s famous apple stack cake, will be available for sale. Each year, Thelma travels to an orchard near Crossville to purchase the apples she uses to bake this special cake using a family recipe handed down to her by her Aunt Ruby.
In addition to the homemade breads, cakes, and other baked goods, some jellies will be available for sale as well as “recycled” jewelry and books. Proceeds go to support UMW missions, both local and world-wide.
And…as Kern’s special gift to the community, Santa will be available for free pictures!
Kern Church is located at 451 East Tennessee Avenue. For additional information, please contact the church office at (865) 483-5273.