GUMC’s Alternative Christmas Market
GIFT CARDS TO GIVE TO HONOREES
If you are making a donation on behalf of someone, a gift card that you can complete and give to the honoree can be found here. Just print the card, enter the name of the recipient, identify what the gift is (e.g., an outdoor space heater or a child’s uniform) or if it is a virtual gift, the Agency/Organization, and the giver’s name. Then give the gift card to the recipient to let them know you have honored them in a special way this year.
ALTURAS MINISTRIES IN COSTA RICA – Formerly, Amy Speake Ministries (GUMC & Christ for the City) – Focusing on lifting children living in the Lomas Del Rio slum to new heights (spiritually, physically, educationally, and socially) firstname.lastname@example.org or www.alturascostarica.org
CHURCH HEALTH – Reclaiming the Church’s biblical commitment to care for our bodies and our spirits. Founded in 1987, Church Health is a charitably-funded, faith-based not-for-profit that provides quality, affordable healthcare to working uninsured, underserved people and their families and offers vast services to live healthier lives. www.churchhealth.org
Funds a day of care at Church Health (Contact us to join our Days of Giving Society! 901.701.2000.)
CROSSLINK MEMPHIS – A medical supply ministry that equips medical mission teams and missionaries with donated medical supplies, reading glasses, and low-cost medicine to share the Gospel as they go to all nations. www.crosslinkmemphis.org
GUMC KENYA MISSION TEAM – Supporting Maua Methodist Hospital and its community outreach ministries through mission trips and donations of needed medical equipment. Since 2007, 12 mission teams and over 60 members of our congregation have participated in GUMC mission trips to Maua, a small town in northeastern Kenya, about a 6 hour drive from Nairobi. Our teams have funded and built 12 homes for AIDS orphan families, been instrumental in the development of a school for AIDS orphans, conducted vacation Bible School for children, conducted remote medical camps and dewormed thousands of children. At MMH, teams have donated thousands of dollars of critical medical supplies, medicines, and equipment; worked on hospital renovations and building projects; and assisted the hospital staff with patient treatment, education, and accreditation.
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY OF GREATER MEMPHIS – Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope. Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis partners with people in our community to help them build or improve places they call home through new home construction, affordable mortgages, Aging-In-Place repairs and accessibility/mobility modifications for older homeowners. Learn more at www.memphishabitat.com.
HANNAH’S HOPE – A growing, loving ministry dedicated to the healing of God’s children (pregnant women, families seeking to adopt and children who need to be adopted) through adoption and pregnancy counseling. www.hannahs-hope.org/
JOHNSON AUXILIARY SERVING REGIONAL ONE HEALTH – Ministering to needs of patients, assisting staff, promoting community health and welfare, providing bond of understanding and service for persons of all races and creeds. www.regionalonehealth.org/ways-to-give/johnson-auxiliary
Amazon under the name Johnson Auxiliary Clothes Closet
Target under the name Johnson-Auxiliary-Clothes-Closet
Walmart under the name Johnson Auxiliary (enter where it says last name).
LAKESHORE UNITED METHODIST CAMP AND RETREAT CENTER – Providing Christian hospitality, rest and reflection for guests of all ages and backgrounds on the shores of the Tennessee River; offering ways for all to experience life, love and the God of grace. www.lakeshorecamp.org
LA LIMYÈ MINISTRIES IN ARCAHAIE, HAITI – A children’s home (housing 11 orphaned and abandoned girls, ages 1-18), ministry center (providing clean water, food, formula, jobs, literacy and Bible classes, and clothing to village people), and a recently-opened school for children and young adults with special needs (providing teaching, medical attention, and therapy to 24 village children). La Limyè teaches the Gospel and serves as a safe place for all who want to hear about Jesus! www.lalimye.org
MANNA HOUSE – Providing hospitality for persons on the streets and others in poverty. We welcome our guests as Christ among us (Matthew 25:31-46). We offer sanctuary, coffee and conversation, showers and a change of clothes, “socks and hygiene,” a meal every Monday, and shelter for women at the Manna House Women’s Sanctuary. Founded in 2005, Manna House is a completely volunteer organization with no paid staff. https://www.mannahousememphis.org
MEMPHIS WESLEY FOUNDATION – Our mission is to be a diverse and inclusive multi-campus faith community welcoming all students. We join in ministry with college students at Christian Brothers University, LeMoyne-Owen College, Rhodes College, and the University of Memphis. Over 30 young adults have served as leadership interns over the past three school years. www.wesleymemphis.org
MOUNTAIN T.O.P. (TENNESSEE OUTREACH PROJECT) – Providing mission opportunities for youth and adults since 1975! Groups serve with the families of the Cumberland Plateau through day camp mentorships, minor home repair projects and major home repair projects. www.mountain-top.org
NEIGHBORHOOD CHRISTIAN CENTERS, INC. – Guiding those in need towards stability and sustainability through compassionate, Christ-centered ministries and empowerment programs. www.ncclife.org
ONE BY ONE MINISTRIES (OBOM) – Mentoring and educating new moms to parent well so that children thrive! OBOM trains women from the local faith community to serve as mentors and matches them with moms who are asking for help. Their mentors meet with moms once a month, beginning prenatally and continuing until the baby’s first birthday, to offer support, encouragement, parent education, and the hope of Jesus Christ. www.onebyoneusa.org
PROJECT TRANSFORMATION – Our mission is to transform communities by engaging children, college-age young adults, and churches in purposeful relationships. Your Alternative Christmas gifts will support Project Transformation Memphis programs. www.pttennessee.org
REELFOOT RURAL MINISTRIES – The mission statement of Reelfoot Rural Ministries (RRM) is “Following Christ in building relationships, we provide resources and offer hope to our Reelfoot Lake neighbors. RRM serves Northwest Tennessee and Southwest Kentucky by offering a full-service dental clinic, grocery distribution, home mobility modifications and repairs, vision clinic, household financial assistance, thrift store, school supplies distribution, and Christmas toy store. www.reelfoot.org
ROOM IN THE INN–MEMPHIS – Sheltering those experiencing homelessness in a safe environment of hospitality. RITI partners with faith communities to shelter homeless individuals during the coldest months of the year. RITI also partners with MIFA to shelter homeless families while they are on the path to housing. The medically fragile homeless are also sheltered with RITI while they recuperate and seek independent living. www.roomintheinn-memphis.org
UNITED METHODIST NEIGHBORHOOD CENTERS OF MEMPHIS – A neighborhood-based organization, partnering with other non-profits, churches, and volunteers all over the city to provide the best possible services in our three focus areas—education, hunger ministry, and social justice. UM Neighborhood Centers have loved and cared for children continuously since 1907! www.umnc-memphis.org
WEEKEND FOOD PROGRAM – Currently, due to the pandemic, funds are being used to support the mobile distribution of food to areas with what is called “food deserts”. Also, funds are supporting the Kid’s Cafe program where children can come daily after school for activities, homework help, and a hot meal. The hope is to start providing boxes in the beginning of the coming year.
YOUTH LEADERSHIP OF MEMPHIS – Developing at-risk boys into leaders through a unique program that combines work, mentorship, and economic development to teach life skill and impart character, thereby enabling them to overcome the cycles of despair and poverty.
ZOE EMPOWERS – A United Methodist organization that empowers vulnerable children to move beyond begging and charity. After completing a three-year program, these orphans become entrepreneurs who can support themselves and their siblings while becoming confident contributors to their communities. GUMC, through individuals and Sunday School classes, has been supporting Zoe in Kenya since 2008. www.zoeempowers.org