Sharing the Joy

Sharing the Joy

Saturday, November 13, 2021 - Sunday, November 14, 2021

Location: Keller UMC, 1025 Johnson Road, Keller, TX US 76248

Join us for our 11th Annual Fair Trade Market
November 13, 10am-4pm
and November 14, 8:30am-2pm - Food Trucks will be on site!
in the Family Life Center

This world market event supports fair trade organizations. The participating organizations are local, as well as international, and support ministries that help those in need, from digging water wells around the world, to assistance for the homeless. Paper bead jewelry, olive oil soap, home décor, organic coffee and chocolate and more will be offered, all made by artisans struggling to support their families.

If you would like to support your neighbors at home and around the world, plan to join us for Sharing the Joy.

Serving opportunities are available! 

Click to see the list of service opportunities and sign up!

This year's vendors are listed below:
African Team Ministries 
African Team Ministries is an intermediary between African and American churches.  It is interdenominational and provides funding for refugee relief, missions, and evangelism in East Africa.  Products include woodcarvings, musical instruments, cloth animals, soap stone, animal print scarves and shawls,  and natural and semi-precious jewelry.
Contact: Sue Jesson, 626-975-8889

Allies in Youth Development
The mission of AiYD is to provide donors, advocates, and volunteers to rescue orphans from a future of despair by providing them with human connection, life skills, and a pathway to education. The strategy is to engage, education, and empower these children who find themselves without parent or family support.  AiYD operates in 117 orphanages in 15 countries worldwide.  AiYD will sell products made by artisans from some of the 15 countries where AiYD is present.
Contact: Carla Fink, 817-291-4887

ApParent Project 
ApParent Project supports opportunities for Haitians to provide for themselves and their families…empowering them to rise out of poverty…to be able to keep their families together…to avoid relinquishing their children to orphanages…providing educational opportunities for both parents and their children.  Products include handmade items created from discarded materials such as cereal boxes and oil drums.  Metal ornaments and wall hangings, paper and metal jewelry, backpacks are some examples.
Contact: Julie Westerman, 817-763-5720

Burda's Bowls 
Mel has worked with wood since his youth. He did his first wood turning in college in 1971. After that, he made wooden toys for his children and nephews and nieces for Christmas. He helped to build 60+ Habitat for Humanity homes. In 1999, his son-in-law, Alvin Smith, and he built a woodworking shop. For the last 10 years he has focused on turning wooden bowls. Mel is always amazed at the intricacy and beauty that God has put in the graining of simple woods.  Only when a chisel is put into the wood does that beauty become apparent.  He enjoys working with alder, oak, poplar and black walnut primarily.  All proceeds from the sale of his bowls and crosses will go to the Keller Methodist Church’s Resource Center.
Contact: Mel Burda, 817-583-0881

Christian Olive Art
Christian Olive Art facilitates opportunities for the hand carved olive wood artwork to be seen and sold with profits benefiting the Christian artisans struggling to maintain business in Bethlehem.  Examples of products include nativity scenes and jewelry.
Contact: Peter Rishmawi, 817-226-6775

Christ's Foundry
Christ’s Foundry’s mission seeks to make disciples of Jesus Christ by investing holistically in the lives of children, youth and families in our community.  We provide care and support for the educational, social, physical and spiritual needs of families by building relationships and offering resources and support that help people get through life, not just the next month. We will be selling homemade pork, chicken or cheese tamales by the dozen.
Contact: Reverend Amy Spaur, Office: 214.366.4275, Cell: 214.704.6628.

Congo Restoration
The mission of Congo Restoration, an UMCOR-approved non-profit started by a Congolese refugee who lived in McKinney for a decade, is to lift up women and children in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Congo Restoration does that through education: A sewing school (long supported by the Sisters of Sewing at Keller UMC), a primary girls school with 120 girls in the first through fourth grades, a collegiate scholars program with six college students and an orphan program. In addition to the opportunity to sponsor girls from the primary school, Congo Restoration offers handmade products (napkins, pillow cases, aprons and bags) from its sewing school.
Contact: Dawn McMullan, 214-824-3265 or 214-727-8254 website: 

Crafty Crafters UMW Circle 
The craft projects made by Crafty Crafters are given to local organizations, such as Keller Senior Activities Center, Cook Children’s Hospital and Meals on Wheels. Projects are also made for Sharing the Joy where Crafty Crafters partners with SOS to support the missions of United Methodist Women.  Examples of a projects includes cookies in a jar, loofah soap and cork coasters.
Contact: Janette Gerig, 682-667-5662  

Dawn of Hope International
Dawn of Hope International helps people who find themselves in circumstances where they need assistance achieving skills or a pathway to find work in places where work is hard to find and growing in the Christian faith is challenging. These life skills are based on Christian principles, and each person will have a mentor with whom they can discuss their struggles and faith. Dawn of Hope sells products made by local artisans, and the proceeds of these sales help support the organization in its work.
Contact: Ethel Davidge

Fair and Square
Fair and Square Imports is a fair-trade store located online and in downtown McKinney. They work only with fair trade organizations that put the artisan first. Fair trade empowers someone to help themselves and their family out of poverty through the items they make. During the Sharing the Joy Event they have brought several fair-trade coffees, teas and more from around the world, all with a story of hope and empowerment.
Contact: Kate Jones - 469-343-4421

The Kitchen
The Kitchen sells light breakfast items, coffee, soups on Saturday and box lunches on Sunday. The proceeds go to a mission selected by the workers of Kathy’s Kitchen.
Contact: Kara Hammonds - 817-901-2548

KUMC/Angel Tree Project
Keller UMC will sponsor this angel tree to benefit the families of those who come to the church Resource Center.
Contact: Cathy Dill, 817-431-0370

Marfa Ministry
Marfa Ministry has been supporting Methodist organizations in Eurasia since 2008.  Eight church partners each have one or more artists who allow their work to be reproduced into notecards, prints, journals, etc.  The proceeds go to their churches to be used toward a goal self-sufficiency and outreach.  Some of the projects that have been funded are a youth café, boiler repair, painting, a Christian coffee shop, a Christian gym, roof repair, orphanage entertainment and education, feeding of the poor, and scholarships at the seminary.  The largest project was the training of teachers for children’s Sunday school.  This training has become so popular more are being scheduled.  Marfa Ministry is really making a difference in the lives of these people.
Contact: Janet Fisher, 940-367-3273

Moments of Inspiration
Moments of Inspirations Gift Shop was formed to give hope to traditional African weavers and carvers that their hard work would return enough to keep their homes running.  We believe that you can help support someone to improve their station in life in a way that empowers, encourages, values, and respects them. We respect our partners by often asking what their needs are and how they can be filled, then encouraging them to live life on their own terms. We value their talent and time by purchasing at a price often set by them.  
Contact: Sharhonda Muluzi, 817-666-2817

Native American Ministries
“Five Blessings Jewelry” is an economic justice ministry with Native Americans in the Utah/Western Colorado District of the United Methodist Church.  We pay cash for each item bought from the crafter or family representative.  All revenue above the cost of the item is invested in education, leadership development, mission teams, school supplies-all for Native American people.  We have different types of beaded jewelry, some of which is beaded onto doeskin.  We also have earrings, bracelets, zipper pulls, bookmarks, bolo ties, pins and broaches, lanyards and key chains and fobs, money clips, hat bands, a sash belt or two, and barrettes.  There are a few bracelet-necklace sets for children.
Contact: Glenna Brayton, 970-683-8756

Peg’s Mayan Jewels
Peg’s Mayan Jewels serves as a liaison between the Mayan community in rural Guatemala and supporters here interested in the Mayan culture.  It helps ensure the continuity of the Mayan craft and provides Mayan women income to feed their families.
Contact: Peg Meyer, 817-223-2321

Rahab’s Rope 
Since 2004, Rahab’s Rope has existed to spread awareness and help eradicate sex trafficking. We give hope and opportunity to those who are at risk or have been forced into the sex trade. We work in the areas of prevention, direct intervention and aftercare.  Products include all types of jewelry.
Contact: Jennifer Lundsford 

Red Bird Mission 
Red Bird Mission Crafts assists local craft persons within an eighty-mile radius of Red Bird Mission (Kentucky) with crafts marketing and development.  The ministry provides extra income to retired, disabled and unemployed persons living with limited resources.  Crafts offered are textiles, jewelry, baskets, wooden toys, pottery, coal figurines, and Christmas ornaments.
Contact: Michelle Collett, 606-598-0520

Seeds of Hope/Women's Connection Center
Seeds of Hope sells handcrafts from artisans around the world and especially from Mozambique.  Proceeds now support local initiatives empowering women.  The purpose of the Women’s Connection Center is to connect adult women in Grapevine and surrounding communities to existing resources in the community-resources to develop mind, body, and spirit.  All women are invited, regardless of circumstances or religious views, to connect personally with a trained advocate.  To visit the Center or meet with an Advocate is free of charge.  Information and compassion are provided, but there is no actual distribution of money or material goods. Both Seeds of Hope and the Women's Connection Center are initiatives of the non-profit ESCCC Inc.
Contact: Diane Bishop - 817-239-5298

Sisters Of Sewing (S.O.S.) Circle
S.O.S. sells handcrafted items made by the members of this circle.  Proceeds go to UMW missions.
Contact: Gloria Faver or Julie McLauchlin  

Soul Sisters for a Cause
Soul Sisters for a Cause was created to empower those who believe in making a difference. Our mantra is Purchase with a Purpose. We offer a collection of statement jewelry, custom gifts, children’s plates, home accessories and inspirational t-shirts. Our product list reflects our mindful curation and custom designs to support local non-profit organizations in our communities and diversifies as we also support Fair Trade artisans from across the world. We are agents, for social good.
Contact: Ann Clasby - 972-839-4779

Survivor Made
Survivor Made is a social enterprise that creates jobs and income for women who may have barriers to employment who are survivors of sex trafficking. Gaining employment skills and earning income are key elements for becoming financially stable and self-sufficient. Survivor Made creates a community of women encouraging each other to overcome challenges and reach toward their future. Part of the employment program includes an educational element that equips women with business and leadership skills, to explore strengths, skills, career interests and entrepreneurial paths. The products offered include leather goods and artisan candles.
Contact: Tammy Havener - 859-629-1642

Ten Thousand Villages
The mission of Ten Thousand Villages is to create opportunities for artisans in developing countries to earn income by bringing their products and stories to our markets through long-term fair-trading relationships.  Baskets will be featured at this year’s event.
Contact: Polly Soulsby 

Toni's Crosses
The purpose of Toni’s Crosses is to promote the "Celebrate the Dash" and "Dashing Forward," the 2022 celebration of Keller UMC. and offer an opportunity to learn about the history of the church. The proceeds from selling the crosses and Christmas ornaments will go to the KUMC Resource Center.
Contact: Toni Bliss - 817-832-4647

Trades of Hope
Trades of Hope donates a minimum 10% of the net profits of Trades of Hope through our Gifts of Hope program.  This gives all manner of helpful humanitarian gifts around the world, including trauma counseling, sewing machines and lessons, sustainable gardens, income producing animals, and multiple educational opportunities in India, Kenya, Thailand, Guatemala, and Haiti.
Contact: Courtney Spry - 972-742-4394

Vickery Trading Company
At Vickery Trading Co., we take a unique approach to fashion, supporting human dignity through ethically made garments you will love to wear. Our mission is to equip refugee women for long-term success through vocational training, personal development and fair wages while creating high-quality clothing and accessories for our customers. We only source fabrics from companies that are practicing fair labor standards, giving you peace of mind about supporting human dignity around the globe.
Contact: Naomi Davis - 214-631-9706

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