Category Archives: Fair Trade

387. MissionCast – Global Market – Community UMC

HaitiThe Community United Methodist Church in Columbia, Missouri runs a fair trade store, called Global Market, in their church all year long. Normally they are open on Tuesday 9 to 1, Wednesday 1 to 7 and on Sunday 9:30 to 11. However, currently they are observing holiday hours and are open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 to 2 and until 7 on Wednesday. They will be closed on Thanksgiving Day. If you live in central Missouri or have plans to be in Columbia, stop by and shop. The fair trade store is designed to help the rural poor, small farmers and artisans by returning a fair share of the profits to them. The church is located on West Broadway across from HyVee and next to Walmart. (3301 W. Broadway, Columbia, MO 65203)

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342. MissionCast – Largest Fair Trade Market – Manchester UMC

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A number of our United Methodist Churches host fair trade markets. Global Market is a year around fair trade market hosted by the Community United Methodist Church, in Columbia. Recently MissionCast had to joy of experiencing the largest free standing fair trade market in the country. It is hosted each year by Manchester United Methodist Church in St. Louis on two weekends in November.
Any church can host a fair trade market. Organizations like Ten Thousand Villages (www.tenthousandvillages.com) and SERVE (www.serrv.org) will pack up a kit of products and send it to your church. If some items don’t sell you can send them back. The fair trade market at Manchester United Methodist Church started out very small with a cart selling fair trade coffee and then grew and grew. Help eliminate poverty by providing growers and artisans with a living wage and fair price for their products.

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201. MissionCast – Olivewood Ministry – Enter 2011 Fair Trade Contest

olivewoodLaura Ann and Fred Zahn support Christian ministries and artisans in Palestine through their Olivewood Ministry and you can as well.  They started the ministry after serving for a year at the Bethlehem Bible College.  In this MissionCast Fred Zahn relates the whys, hows and rewards of their ministry and how your congregation might become involved.  Besides inviting them to set up shop at a craft festival in your community you can order an olivewood market kit and raise money for your local church as well as support Christians in Palistine. Rev. Fred Zahn is a retired clergy member of the Missouri Conference. 

Go to holyland-gifts.com for information about getting a starter kit. No money is required up front.  Your church group keeps 25% of the total sales.  For example, if your total sales were $2000, your church would keep 25%, ($500).  All shipping and other expenses are already included in the price of each item sold.

The Missouri Conference Social Justice Team is sponsoring another Fair Trade Market contest in 2011.  Find out how your congregation can win the $500 prize at the Office of Creative Ministries website.  http://umocm.com

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178. MissionCast – Fair Trade Market – Manchester UMC

KelleeThrough the direction of Kellee Sikes, Manchester United Methodist Church, is currently sponsoring the largest fair trade market in the country.  In this MissionCast Kellee tells why it would be great if more and more churches would sponsor fair trade markets.  Any church large or small can do so.  To offer encouragement Kellee is offering a $500 reward to the congregation that sponsors a market for the first time and raises the most money per capita for their church membership.  A second $500 award will go to the congregation that uses the most volunteers per capita in their market.  Kellee received the Social Justice Ministries award at the 2010 Missouri Annual Conference, in Springfield, in June.

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