Long's Chapel hosts meaningful Advent activities

Dec 03, 2012
Photo by: Paul Viau photos Above, from left, are buyer Kay Hagler, with Julia Hoyle, and Becky Jarrell working at the Beads for Life table, showcasing beaded jewelry made from recycled paper beads in Uganda. Below, Ellen Russell promotes coffee sales for UMCOR (United Medthodist Committee on Relief).

Long's Chapel United Methodist Church was a buzz with activities Dec. 2 to celebrate the start of Advent.

The congregation hosted Advent wreath and Chrismon-making workshops, "Stop Hunger Now" meal packing, an Alternative Gift Market, with a chili lunch for attendees, and a Hanging of the Greens service in the evening.

Hundreds of holiday shoppers visited the alternative market, which featured handmade gifts to benefit artisans, farmers impoverished chidren and families in developing communites throughout the world, plus nonprofit groups. Organizations represented included Satar with One Kenya, Bead for Life, Heifer Internations, UMCOR, SERRV and Habitat for Humanity.

The items available for purchase ranged from jewelry, purses, scarves, coffee, chocolates, and the opportunity to donate to purchase livestock, help dig a well or provide education and clean water for families in need of basic necessities.

For information on ministry activities at Long's, email ministrydir@longschapel.com.

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