Once again the Outreach Committee will be offering the Alternative Gift Market as an opportunity to make Christmas gift giving more meaningful.  However, like most things today, it will be a little different.  Please see the “Shopping List” at the end of this article.  To purchase one or more of these gifts, please go to the First Church web site, and click on “Online Giving.”  Then click on “Click here to give online.”  There will be a special Alternative Gift Mart section listing these options.  There will also be a certificate on the web site that you can print out and give to the recipient.  Gifts you choose from that list will honor your friends or loved ones while providing much needed financial support to ministries that give assistance to hungry, homeless, and hurting people in our society, both locally and abroad.  Thus your gift gives twice and brings joy in double measure!


CFUM Supper Club – Provides meals five days a week to hungry people in the Trinity neighborhood.

Hawthorn Hill – Provides emergency shelter and supportive housing for homeless families for up to two years, along with case management service until they can achieve more permanent, independent housing.

Backpack Buddies – Meals are given to low income school children to insure that they have healthy food over the weekends

Heifer International

Share of rabbits $10     Share of Alpaca $20

Share of trees $10           Whole tree $60

 Share of Knitter’s Basket $48

Click here for the certificate to print out for the recipient of this gift.