International Gift Market

St. John's annual International Gift Market began in 2007 and is held at the church each year on the third Saturday in November from 9:00 am until 2:00 pm.

 

Our goal is to provide our community with unusual gifts from around the world while improving the lives of the people who made them.  All revenue is returned to the participants or donated to mission.  This is not a fund raising event for St. John's.

 

Our merchandise has included jewelry, scarves, items for the home, creches, holiday ornaments, baskets, pottery, gifts for children, textiles, purses, as well as coffee, tea, and chocolate.  Many of these handcrafted items are "fairly-traded" goods purchased from artisans throughout the world.  Fairly-traded means the artist, producer or grower receives a fair wage for their work so they can support their family and improve their lives.

 

Below are some examples of past participants:IHM Photo 2

  • Just Goods (Fair Trade store in Rockford);
  • Lutheran World Relief/SERRV (handicrafts);
  • Maya Works (So. & Central American textiles);
  • Narimon (jewelry and art from Thailand),
  • Otavalito (textile from Central America),
  • ELCA Good Gifts (Buy baby chicks, a goat, a pig, bees, etc. needed in third world nations.)             

For your donation, we offer a home-cooked lunch including dessert.  The food is served between 11:30 am and 1:00 pm.  All money from the lunch, benefits the local area food pantry, with matching funds provided by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.

 

We also host a very large bake sale that benefits various organizations each year.  The money is divided equally between a local, national, and international organization that works to provide help, healing and hope to individuals worldwide through programs and training that alleviate hunger and poverty. 

 

 This Year, 2015, The International Gift Market raised over $1000 for FVOAS and Our Sharing Pantry!

 

 FVOAS Sharing Pantry 

 

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