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) aescrlg@aol.com or www.alturascostarica.org

$100 each (30 needed)
Christmas presents and clothes for one Elementary child for Alturas Children’s Christmas party. The children typically receive a present, new school supplies and a special party.  There are 30 Elementary children.
$150 each (10 needed)
Christmas presents and clothes for one Secondary child for Alturas Children’s Christmas party. The children typically receive a present, new school supplies and a special party.  There are 10 Secondary children.
$4,500
Christmas presents and clothes for ALL Alturas Children for the Christmas party.
$50 each (45 needed)
1 set of groceries for 1 child’s family. There are 45 children.
$2,250
45 sets of groceries – provides for all 45 of the childrens’ families
$100 each (30 needed)
School uniform for 1 Elementary child
$150 each (10 needed)
School uniform for 1 Secondary child
$10 each (45 needed)
1 phone card to put on 1 family’s phone to enable virtual learning
$450
Phone cards to put on all 45 families´ phones to enable virtual learning for all 45 children
Any amount
Become an Amy’s Angel with a monthly commitment to Alturas children & women’s ministries in Costa Rica. (Funds will provide food, transportation, staff salaries, utilities, school supplies.)
Prayers for the safety of children and staff as they pass out groceries to the Alturas families and to women with COVID.

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

$25
Covers supplies and ingredients for a patient learning to cook healthier in our Community Cooking Class
$50
Ensures a family of four receives yearly flu shots.
$100
Provides urgent dental care for an uninsured family
$250
Provides eye exams and bifocal glasses for three working people
$500
Treats a patient’s diabetes with medicine, therapy and education for six months
$1000
Pays for three sessions with a physical therapist for rehabilitation services to help a patient recover from a fall.
$2,500 or more

Funds a day of care at Church Health (Contact us to join our Days of Giving Society! 901.701.2000.)

All gifts matter, and we’re better together. Become a Church Health Champion. Go to https://www.ChurchHealth.org/Champions
Please order by December 4, 2021 to ensure your cards arrive by Christmas.

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

$25
Provides bandaging supplies (gauze, ABD pads, Band-Aids) for medical mission teams
$50
Equips teams with diagnostic instruments including glucometers, stethoscopes, and otoscopes
$100
Provides vitamins for 20 orphans for an entire year
$300
Provides $500 pairs of reading glasses
$325
Provides COVID treatment package for 25 patients with moderate symptoms
Any amount
Will be used to equip medical mission teams to share the Gospel

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.

Any amount
Donate directly to help support our team’s 2022 expenses, which include paying for an AIDS orphan house, remote medical camp, school deworming, and a project at Maua Methodist Hospital.  You can write a check to GUMC and note it is for “Kenya Mission Team” and it will be placed in a designated fund for the team’s use.
Any amount:
Click here.Click on the blue circle for the Global Health project. On the next screen, select the following from the dropdown lists:  Region: Africa, Country: Kenya, Areas of Interest; Global health,  Keyword: Maua   You will see two opportunities to give to Maua Methodist Hospital: Aids Orphans and Community Health, Maua Hospital and Maua Hospital Service Fund.  You can make one-time or recurring donations to either or both funds.
Your participation in a mission trip to Kenya
Tentative dates for our next mission trip are July 21 – August 4, 2022.  If you have an interest in being a member of our team, please contact Ed Clark

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.

$5
Habitat keychain for homebuyer
$15
Bible
$30
Toolkit
$100
Homebuyer education for one family
$250
Lawn mower
$500
Paint
$1,000
Aging-In-Place bathroom mobility package (grab bars, ADA-height toilet, handheld shower)

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/

$10
1 pack of feminine hygiene supplies for a woman who has just given birth
$25
Diapers and wipes for a struggling pregnant mom
$40
Maternity clothing for a pregnant woman
$50
Groceries for a pregnant woman in need
$75
Fills a birth mother care bag
$100
1 hour of counseling (with case management) for a pregnant client

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

$25 (minimum suggested donation) for the Last Resort Fund
Assists patients with social service needs (if financial assistance is needed but not available elsewhere) upon discharge, for things such as utilities, food, prescriptions, transportation home, etc.  Checks should be made payable to the Johnson Auxiliary Last Resort Fund.
$10 and up (suggested donation) for the Clothes Closet or donations from Wish List
Purchases needed clothing and hygiene items for the Clothes Closet, which serves the patients of Regional One Health by providing emergency clothing and hygiene items to in-patients (who may have had their clothing cut off or damaged in order to provide emergency medical treatment), in-patients in rehabilitation, out-patients who are homeless/low income when referred by the hospital, and immediate family members of patients here on an extended basis. Also, online wish lists for specific items have been established at the following sites, where items can be shipped directly to the Auxiliary from the online store: ·
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).
$10 and up (suggested donation)
Purchases coloring, puzzle, and other related activity books along with crayons, colored pencils, etc. for children and adults.  For children, it helps to keep them occupied when they are accompanying adult family members to the hospital.  For adults, they are distributed to patients who may be here on an extended basis or their family members who are here with them at the hospital and need activities to pass away the time.

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

$30
Yard games for Dayshore
$30
Life jacket
$30
Tether Ball
$35
10 Aluminum Arrows for archery
$100
Tether Ball Pole
$115
Archery Bows
$150
Dayshore Camper Scholarship
$300
Residential Camper Scholarship
Any amount
Monthly Giving – Any amount given helps support our ministry! Become a Cabin 17 member here.

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

$5
Food for a child for 5 days
$10
2 chickens for a family
$20
Large can of formula
$30
Food for a child for 1 month
$40
Round of antibiotics for a child
$50
1 live goat for a family
$100
Food for a family for 1 month
$200
Send a child to school for 1 year

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

$25
Athletic socks for 40 guests
$50
Coffee hospitality for one week
$100
New underwear for guests who shower
$150
A meal for 80 guests at the More on Monday Meal at Manna House
$200
One month of utilities at the Manna House Women’s Sanctuary
$500
Outdoor space heaters for Manna House
$1,000 or more
Significant repairs that are needed at the Manna House Women’s Sanctuary
Monthly Giving
Helps us budget and provide regular services to our guests at Manna House and the Women’s Sanctuary

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

$50
1 week intern stipend
$250
1 month intern stipend
$500
½ semester intern stipend

 

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

Various
Purchase pottery made by a local potter from Beersheba Porcelain
$25
A backpacket to give to a Day Camp child
$25
Scholarship for a Day Camp child to go to camp
$50
Donation to the Year End Giving Campaign
$185
Scholarship for an Adults in Ministry weekend

NEIGHBORHOOD CHRISTIAN CENTERS, INC. – Guiding those in need towards stability and sustainability through compassionate, Christ-centered ministries and empowerment programs.  www.ncclife.org

Any amount
A pledge of monthly support for expenses to sustain NCC throughout the year
$10
A food basket from NCC’s Food Pantry-enough for 2 meals to a family of four
$20 – $30
A toy for NCC’s upcoming Christmas Toy Sharing Event
$50
Sponsorship of a couple for a year in monthly Family Enrichment seminars
$100
Sponsorship of a child for Christmas with new toys and clothes on Christmas morning
$200
A semester of Afterschool Enrichment, Tutoring and Bible Study for a child
$500
Tuition/books for one of NCC’s college students

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

$15
Discipleship books for a mentor and mom
$25 each (125 needed)
A $25 Walmart Gift Card to distribute to moms on our Mom Blessing Day on 12/9 (125 needed).
$50
Support for a mentoring match for 1 month
$75
A case of 24 Bibles to be given to moms
$150
Support for a mentoring match for 3 months
$500
Support for a mentoring match for 1 year
Any amount
A pledge of monthly support for expenses to sustain OBOM throughout the year
Your time
Volunteer to serve as a mentor to a mom who is asking for help!

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

$10
2 books for a child
$25
Craft supplies and sports equipment for daily activities
$50
Tools for social-emotional health
$100
Literacy and social-emotional programs for a child
$250
Support for a college-age young adult intern

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

$10
The fee for a pair of glasses for one RRM client
$25
The dental appointment fee for one RRM client
$30
One 4-foot section of an accessibility ramp
$75
Two weeks of groceries for a household
$150
One finished denture or partial for an RRM client

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

Any amount
A pledge of monthly support to sustain our work throughout the year
$25
To cover incidentals like coffee, sugar, creamer, and cups
$100
To offset transportation costs to get to medical appointments or purchase medication
$250
3 move-in kits to help make a house a home

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

$20
Sponsor a child at the Miriam Child Development Center for one day.
$150
Sponsor a child at the Miriam Child Development Center for one week.

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.

$300
Weekend food boxes for a child for a year
$15 each
Christmas cards can be purchased and used for a memorial gift or for honoring someone special this year. Funds will be consolidated and used to fund Weekend Food Boxes. Contact Barbara Schanson at barcons@comcast.net.

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.

Any amount
Donations of any amount will help Memphis at-risk boys mature into men of character who 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

$10
Rabbits, maize seeds, or banana tree bulbs
$25
Chickens, school supplies or cooking pots
$50
A goat, hairdresser supplies, or electronics kit
$100
Carpentry tools, ox plow or basket of shoes
$250
A sewing machine or Bibles for the orphans
$500
A cow