Rural Church Summit
Mar
3
10:00 AM10:00

Rural Church Summit

  • First Christian Church - Bonne Terre (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Regional Ministers Katrina Palan and Larry Colvin will lead this session which will include not only worship and fellowship, but the celebration and ministries of churches in rural Mid-America. It will be interactive and will explore where God's Spirit may be leading rural churches in this unique time. Participants will not receive a generic action plan to follow, but will be guided toward creatively re-thinking church vitality in their rural setting.  

The cost of $5 covers lunch and will be collected at event. Please RSVP through the church office (573) 358-3174. If there is no answer, please leave a message letting them know you will attend. Include your name, congregation, and phone number.

Other sessions will be in the Southwest on April 28 and in the Northwest on May 12. The date for the Northeast session at Monroe City has yet to be determined.

Pastors will receive four continuing education hours.

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Disciples Youth Ministry Network Retreat
Mar
4
to Mar 6

Disciples Youth Ministry Network Retreat

Disciples Youth Ministry Network (DYMN) is a partnership of ordained and licensed Disciples working in youth ministry. 

DYMN Gatherings provide access to authors, leaders, and thinkers across denominational borders for dialogue on trends in youth culture, youth identity, theology, exegesis, and faith formation with young people. 

Learn more and register. 

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Mid-America Pro-Reconciliation/Anti-Racism Training
Mar
9
9:00 AM09:00

Mid-America Pro-Reconciliation/Anti-Racism Training

This entry level Anti-racism training is provided by our Mid-America Regional Pro-Reconciliation/Anti-Racism team. The schedule includes speakers, video, interactive experiences and conversation. Attendees will learn to:

  • Name and understand key terms/concepts related to racism
  • Describe current and historic examples of institutional racism, white privilege, civil and human rights in the U.S.
  • Explore and articulate biblical foundations for justice ministry
  • Engage in informed dialogue about current issues of racism and work toward reconciliation in the U.S. and in local communities
  • Begin to develop personal and community-based “Next Steps” to address systemic racism in participants’ own communities.

The $50 fee includes lunch and all distributed materials.

Plan to arrive and check in by 8:45am so training can begin promptly at 9:00.
Check-in opens at 8:15am.

Register Online

Learn more about Mid-America Pro-Reconciliation/Anti-Racism.
Learn more about Disciples Reconciliation Ministry.

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Southeast Gateway Disciples Women Spring Board Meeting
Mar
10
10:00 AM10:00

Southeast Gateway Disciples Women Spring Board Meeting

We will begin at 10 a.m. and have lunch to conclude. This meeting is for all board officers plus two additional representatives from every church that has women engaged in mission and ministry through the Disciples of Christ. If you have an organized group, please send the president and vice president, or another member if these women are not available. If you do not have an organized group, please send two interested women! More inventive and creative minds are needed as we plan for supporting the spiritual growth of women in our churches and encouraging their passions for mission. Cost will be $5 when you arrive. Please RSVP with names of those attending by email, telephone or text to Judi Linville, secretary, by Monday, March 5.

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People to People Spiritual Pilgrimage to Chiapas, Mexico
Apr
17
to Apr 26

People to People Spiritual Pilgrimage to Chiapas, Mexico

You are invited to take part in the Mid-America Regional People to People Spiritual Pilgrimage to Chiapas, Mexico April 17 – 26, 2018. The Pilgrimage is sponsored by CCMA and Global Ministries. Our CCMA Mission Co-worker Partner, Elena Huegel, and the Intituto de Estudios e Investigacion Intercultural will be our hosts. The pilgrimage is open to nine adults (age 18 or older) from across CCMA. Dr. Larry Colvin, Regional Minister Team member will serve as regional group leader.

This area of Mexico was struck with an earthquake on September 7, 2017. Please consider making a donation to "Roots in the Ruins" as they recover. Our Disciples Women have committed to supporting this effort and we hope you will, too!

Learn more about this opportunity
Tentative itinerary
Registration form - registrations due by November 1, 2017 (form will download in Word)
Follow Elena's blog for current local information, including earthquake recovery.

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Boundary Training
Apr
19
10:00 AM10:00

Boundary Training

  • Oakwood Christian Church - Hannibal (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

We are created in and for relationships.  Life-enriching relationships, whether with intimate partners, family, friends, colleagues or parishioners, require healthy boundaries.  This workshop explores the meaning and practice of healthy boundaries in the context of ministry.  It will also identify the signs, dangers, and preventions of boundary violations, including those in today’s social media.  The workshop begins with an assumption that the complexity of relational dynamics in the congregation is one of its greatest possibilities and its greatest challenges for ministry.

Our instructor is Rev. Donna Rose-Heim. She is an ordained Disciple minister and has served both in congregations and on regional staffs. She has been an installed pastor and has served as a transitional interim in several settings. She now serves as a consultant, speaker, trainer and writer. She serves as lead instructor for the Mid-America Region in providing Boundary Training for clergy. She was trained by Dr. Marie Fortune and Dr. Aleese Moore-Orbih of the Faith Trust Institute. She is author of “Dream Walking”, which she published in 2007, and “Dream Walking for Kids” published in 2011. She has led numerous retreats about the spiritual life.

Clergy with active ministerial standing in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) must participate in such a boundary training session every three years. The $55 registration fee includes lunch and all distributed materials.

Register online now

Other scheduled sessions include October 27th at FCC in Warrensburg. The Missouri Mid-South Conference of the United Church of Christ also offers boundary training that fulfills the Disciples requirement. Find their schedule here.

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Regional Assembly
Apr
20
to Apr 21

Regional Assembly

  • Quality Inn & Suites, Hannibal (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Please join us for this wonderful biennial event, this year in Hannibal! Our General Minister and President Rev. Teresa Hord Owens will be with us and will preach at the Friday evening worship on the riverboat.

Assembly information page
Brochure with schedule and registration form
Supplemental registration/permission form for children
REGISTER ONLINE TODAY!

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MBCC Hike Against Hunger
Apr
28
8:00 AM08:00

MBCC Hike Against Hunger

This will be the 44th annual Hike Against Hunger sponsored by Memorial Boulevard Christian Church.

Details will be posted as they become available. Last year's event had a goal of $12,000 raised. The first $10,000 was for West Timor to "improve the food security through aflatoxins prevention actions." Receiving $1,000 each were MBCC's Food Bank and Emergency Assistance program and the Week of Compassion Endowment Fund.

Traditionally the 20 KM hike features breakfast after 10 KM and lunch at the end. Hikers are welcome to walk as little or as much as they want to as drivers will pick people up along the route as needed. 

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Rural Church Summit
Apr
28
10:00 AM10:00

Rural Church Summit

Regional Ministers Katrina Palan and Larry Colvin will lead this session which will include not only worship and fellowship, but the celebration and ministries of churches in rural Mid-America. It will be interactive and will explore where God's Spirit may be leading rural churches in this unique time. Participants will not receive a generic action plan to follow, but will be guided toward creatively re-thinking church vitality in their rural setting.  

The location for this session is yet to be determined but will be in the Southwest portion of the Region. Registration information will be posted when the location is set. Another session will take place in the Northwest on May 12. The date for the Northeast session at Monroe City has yet to be determined.

Pastors will receive four continuing education hours.

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Mid-America Men Ozarks Getaway & Retreat
May
4
to May 6

Mid-America Men Ozarks Getaway & Retreat

  • Shannondale Tree Farm & Retreat Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This annual weekend draws men from many walks of life to sacred ground. Men are reached from several approaches that touch core aspects of his being: through service, play, rugged recreation, contemplative reflection in nature, sharing around bonfire, table fellowship, heart-felt worship, and many one-on-one deep encounters.

$75 for the weekend. $20 due by April 25th. Learn more from the brochure. Read more about the Mid-America Men.

Contact Paul Koch at paul.ccma@sbcglobal.net with questions.

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Rural Church Summit
May
12
10:00 AM10:00

Rural Church Summit

Regional Ministers Katrina Palan and Larry Colvin will lead this session which will include not only worship and fellowship, but the celebration and ministries of churches in rural Mid-America. It will be interactive and will explore where God's Spirit may be leading rural churches in this unique time. Participants will not receive a generic action plan to follow, but will be guided toward creatively re-thinking church vitality in their rural setting.  

The location for this session is yet to be determined but will be in the Northwest portion of the Region. Registration information will be posted when the location is set. The date for the Northeast session at Monroe City has yet to be determined.

Pastors will receive four continuing education hours.

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DoC/UCC Youth Event
Jun
19
to Jun 22

DoC/UCC Youth Event

  • Grinnell College - Grinnell, Iowa (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This is a multi-state event with our partners in the United Church of Christ, and our Regional Minister Rev. Dr. Paul Koch is on the planning team. It is for youth completing grade 6-12. The keynote team is the Convergence Music Project featuring Andra Moran and Christopher Grundy. Find more information on the event website.

We will be coordinating bus transportation to this event.

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Mid-America Pro-Reconciliation/Anti-Racism Training
Sep
22
9:00 AM09:00

Mid-America Pro-Reconciliation/Anti-Racism Training

  • First Christian Church - Carrollton (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This entry level Anti-racism training is provided by our Mid-America Regional Pro-Reconciliation/Anti-Racism team. The schedule includes speakers, video, interactive experiences and conversation. Attendees will learn to:

  • Name and understand key terms/concepts related to racism
  • Describe current and historic examples of institutional racism, white privilege, civil and human rights in the U.S.
  • Explore and articulate biblical foundations for justice ministry
  • Engage in informed dialogue about current issues of racism and work toward reconciliation in the U.S. and in local communities
  • Begin to develop personal and community-based “Next Steps” to address systemic racism in participants’ own communities.

The $50 fee includes lunch and all distributed materials.

Plan to arrive and check in by 8:45am so training can begin promptly at 9:00.
Check-in opens at 8:15am.

Register Online

Learn more about Mid-America Pro-Reconciliation/Anti-Racism.
Learn more about Disciples Reconciliation Ministry.

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Boundary Training
Oct
27
9:00 AM09:00

Boundary Training

  • First Christian Church - Warrensburg (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

We are created in and for relationships.  Life-enriching relationships, whether with intimate partners, family, friends, colleagues or parishioners, require healthy boundaries.  This workshop explores the meaning and practice of healthy boundaries in the context of ministry.  It will also identify the signs, dangers, and preventions of boundary violations, including those in today’s social media.  The workshop begins with an assumption that the complexity of relational dynamics in the congregation is one of its greatest possibilities and its greatest challenges for ministry.

Our instructor is Rev. Donna Rose-Heim. She is an ordained Disciple minister and has served both in congregations and on regional staffs. She has been an installed pastor and has served as a transitional interim in several settings. She now serves as a consultant, speaker, trainer and writer. She serves as lead instructor for the Mid-America Region in providing Boundary Training for clergy. She was trained by Dr. Marie Fortune and Dr. Aleese Moore-Orbih of the Faith Trust Institute. She is author of “Dream Walking”, which she published in 2007, and “Dream Walking for Kids” published in 2011. She has led numerous retreats about the spiritual life.

Clergy with active ministerial standing in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) must participate in such a boundary training session every three years. The $55 registration fee includes lunch and all distributed materials.

Register online now

Other scheduled sessions include April 19th at Oakwood CC in Hannibal. The Missouri Mid-South Conference of the United Church of Christ also offers boundary training that fulfills the Disciples requirement. Find their schedule here.

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Mid-America Clergy Super Cluster Meeting
Jan
25
10:00 AM10:00

Mid-America Clergy Super Cluster Meeting

The speaker for this event will be Bruce Barkhauer, Director of the Center for Faith and Giving. The topic will be transformative ways for congregations to think about stewardship. 

$20 includes lunch. Please register by January 19 (deadline extended from the 12th!), by calling 314-918-2515 or emailing smoore@eden.edu, and plan to pay by cash or check at the door. Event flyer. Here's a list of the other times/places Bruce is speaking while he's in the Region.

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Remind & Renew 2018: Resilient Congregations, Resilient Leaders
Jan
24
to Jan 25

Remind & Renew 2018: Resilient Congregations, Resilient Leaders

  • Phillips Theological Seminary (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Changes in congregational life bring more complexity and challenges to the daily ministry of church work. For Remind & Renew 2018, we're going to be dealing with the intersection of congregational life, change, conflict, resilience, and brain research. These days are very hard for doing ministry in congregational contexts. We would like to help our conference participants find a little more resilience for the challenges they face. REGISTER today to attend this important conference.

Remind & Renew is an annual conference held at Phillips Theological Seminary during the month of January. Initially held as an annual Ministers’ Week event, in 2012 Remind & Renew was created, and its purpose is to gather religious professionals and interested publics for thought-provoking and spirit-renewing presentations, conversation, and worship. Learn more about this program>

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Mid-America High School Winter Retreat
Jan
13
to Jan 15

Mid-America High School Winter Retreat

Senior High youth, please plan to join us for this retreat over Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend. We will have tons of fun as we sing/worship/eat/play/chill together and explore social justice and how it intersects with faith. 

  • January 13-15, 2018
  • 9-12 graders
  • Jo-Ota Retreat Center - Clarence, MO (10 miles east of Macon)
  • registration due by January 5
  • $99

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Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Observance
Jan
13
10:00 AM10:00

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Observance

  • Centennial Christian Church & Fountain Park (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

All are welcome and invited to join in this gathering and celebrate the theme "Being the Dream - A Call to Unity." See the event flyer for more details.

10:00am – 10:30am at MLK Statue in Fountain Park
10:30am – 11:30am Unity March
11:30am – 1:00pm Refreshments & Panel Discussion moderated by Chuck Alphin, Building Life Foundations Nonviolent Center

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Jazz Noel: A Child is Born
Dec
17
3:00 PM15:00

Jazz Noel: A Child is Born

  • First Congregational UCC - Webster Groves (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Jazz, poetic reflection, photographic artistry and choral voices combine to re-imagine the timeless story of Christmas. Cliff Aerie and the Oîkos Ensemble will be joined by photographer Phil Shoulberg, the Logos Readers Theatre, and choristers from area churches for Jazz Noel: A Child is Born.
 
The Oîkos Ensemble is a national jazz ministry under the direction of its founder and saxophonist, the Rev. Cliff Aerie. Joining Cliff are some of St. Louis’ most talented jazz musicians— vocalists Kim Fuller, Tim Osiek (trumpet), Carolbeth True (piano), Glen Smith (bass), and David True (drums).
 
The concert is free and open to all. A free-will offering will be received to benefit Every Child’s Hope. For more information please call First Congregational Church at (314)962-0475.

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Men's Special Gathering for Resource & Response
Dec
9
10:00 AM10:00

Men's Special Gathering for Resource & Response

Sacred Conversations on Sexuality: Unmasking the WHY in the Headlines
Toward a Healthy & Whole Masculinity

Everyday, it seems a new disturbing high-profile revelation ranging from sexual misconduct to crime is revealed.  The airways are filled with much opinion and commentary for retribution but little is said with regard to helping men in the church come together and dialog for greater understanding of their sexuality, power, and deep faith perspectives on our ways of loving God, better loving ourselves and engaging in mutually healthy relationships.  This gathering will be the first in my special such opportunities.  As we are specifically providing a safe space for men to share first-hand and personal perspectives, we are limiting this initially to men only.  All men are welcome.

The Program has been provided by Mid-America Men: A Transformational Ministry for Disciples Men and, thanks to mission contributions, is at no cost to those in attendance.  Participants will be asked to bring $10 for lunch.  Reservations are necessary for a proper count so please contact Paul Koch at paul.ccma@sbcglobal.net or at 636-221-7065.  He will be happy to explain more of what to expect at the gathering.

Sacred Conversations are facilitated by Rev. Dr. Paul Koch, Regional Minister Team, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of Mid-America and Mid-America Men Coordinator; Dr. Belden Lane, Professor of Theological Studies, Saint Louis University; and Bill Priesmeyer, Illuman-Missouri/Southern Illinois.

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Christmas with Dave Para, Cathy Barton, and Friends
Dec
3
4:00 PM16:00

Christmas with Dave Para, Cathy Barton, and Friends

The Village of Arrow Rock is hosting nationally celebrated Missouri Folk Artists Dave Para and Cathy Barton at their annual Christmas Folk Sing on Sunday, December 3rd. Dave and Cathy have performed in Arrow Rock every year since 1976. The program, called Christmas with Dave Para, Cathy Barton, and Friends, features traditional folk Christmas songs, poems and readings about Christmas with lots of audience participation. The doors open at 3:30 with the concert beginning at 4:00. The concert is open to the public free of charge. The program is sponsored by the Arrow Rock Federated Church in conjunction with the Village of Arrow Rock.

It will be held at the Federated Church in Arrow Rock, located one block left of Main Street at the corner of Fifth and High. Read more>

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Shane Claiborne Speaks Against Death Penalty
Nov
18
2:00 PM14:00

Shane Claiborne Speaks Against Death Penalty

  • Brentwood Christian Church - Springfield (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Author and advocate Shane Claiborne comes to Springfield to talk about his book EXECUTING GRACE: HOW THE DEATH PENALTY KILLED JESUS AND WHY IT’S KILLING US.

Once a supporter of the death penalty, Shane looked deep into issues of justice, retribution, and redemption and came to believe in abolition.

All are welcome to this FREE event.

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Middle School Retreat
Nov
17
to Nov 18

Middle School Retreat

This event is brought to us by our ministry partners in the Missouri Mid-South Conference of the United Church of Christ. Our own Rev. Dr. Paul Koch serves as an ecumenical outdoor ministries representative on the event's planning team.

It is for those in 6th, 7th, or 8th grade. The theme is Emotional Rollercoaster and The Emoji Movie and Inside Out will be part of the curriculum. $65.

Information/Registration Packet   ***   Event flyer
Background check form for leaders   ***   Background check disclosure & release

 

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Retirement Celebration for Rev. Dr. G. Mike Weinman
Nov
12
3:00 PM15:00

Retirement Celebration for Rev. Dr. G. Mike Weinman

  • Central Christian Church - Springfield (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Rev. Dr. G. Mike Weinman began serving Mid-America as the Ozark Lakes Area Minister on January 1, 2003. Having served these last 15 years, Mike is now planning to retire as our Regional Minister Team member in the Southwest effective December 31st. 

We are grateful for his many contributions to the Region and wish him all the best in his retirement! All are invited and encouraged to come celebrate his ministry with us. There will be a brief worship service in the sanctuary at 3, and then we will move to the fellowship hall for a reception. No gifts please, but cards are welcome!

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National Council of Churches Christian Unity Gathering
Nov
8
to Nov 10

National Council of Churches Christian Unity Gathering

What does it mean to live as a follower of Jesus today?

Through powerful speakers, seminars, and presentations we will find inspiration to come together as people who are called to bind up wounds, fight injustice, and protect the poor and vulnerable.

Resilience:  How do we grow, adapt, and thrive when we get discouraged?Resistance: What does it mean to “stand in the way?”
Persistence: Where do we go to find the strength to remain engaged?

Our 2017 Christian Unity Gathering will examine all these questions through our theme, “Resilience, Resistance, and Persistence.” Come and be inspired and equipped for the long journey ahead! Learn more.

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Developing a Spiritual Response to Domestic & Sexual Violence
Nov
4
9:00 AM09:00

Developing a Spiritual Response to Domestic & Sexual Violence

  • First Christian Church - Cameron (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This event is brought to us by the NW Commissioning Ministry Team.  Clergy can receive up to 5 hours of CEUs depending on their level of participation.  Terry Robison, member of the NW Commissioning Ministry Team has been working in partnership with the Maryville Children and Family Center for the past six months to provide this opportunity.  The goal of the training is to encourage local community partnerships to be created to work together to create a spiritual and healing response to domestic and sexual violence. 

This event is being presented by the NW Commissioning Ministry Team in response to requests for CEU events that are accessible to clergy in the NW part of the state.   The workshop facilitator is Meghann Kosman, a Court/Victim Advocate at the Maryville Children and Family Center.  The event is open to clergy with the recommendation for teams that include pastors, laity, and community members.   Registrations are due by Friday, October 27. The registration fee is $10.00 to cover the cost of lunch and snacks and will be collected the morning of the training event.  For event details and registration information, see the event flyer.

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Building an Inclusive Church Toolkit Training
Nov
4
8:30 AM08:30

Building an Inclusive Church Toolkit Training

  • Compton Heights Christian Church - STL (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This workshop is for anyone who is interested in learning the tools and process we suggest to churches that are considering an Open &Affirming process, or even churches that are interested in opening up welcome, even if Open &Affirming isn't yet a conversation in that congregation. -Mark Johnston of Disciples LGBTQ+ Alliance, presenter

Using the Building an Inclusive Church Toolkit, this workshop will provide the tools that empower congregations to create a grace filled, respectful process towards becoming Open & Affirming, a process uniquely designed for each congregation’s specific needs.

$30 registration fee includes lunch. See event flyer for more information.

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Disciples Women Fall Retreat
Nov
3
to Nov 5

Disciples Women Fall Retreat

  • First Christian Church - Bonne Terre (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Southeast Gateway women will be hosting this Regional event. The beginning and ending times have been finalized. See the flyer for more information including the schedule, registration form, and directions.

The theme this year is "All Things Are Possible." The featured speaker will be Betty Quicksall who participated in the 2016 Global Ministries Woman to Woman Pilgrimage to South Africa and Ghana.

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9th Annual Fair Trade Bazaar & Harvest Lunch
Nov
3
to Nov 4

9th Annual Fair Trade Bazaar & Harvest Lunch

  • Community Christian Church - Camdenton (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Lake Community is invited to enjoy an expanded international shopping experience (9 am to 2 pm) and a delicious harvest lunch (11 am to 1 pm) on Friday, Nov. 3.  SHOPPING will continue again on Saturday, Nov. 4 from 9 am until noon.  FAIR TRADE items being offered for sale are made by WOMEN in 3rd world countries struggling to make a better life for themselves and their children by breaking cycles of poverty and exploitation; providing along the way fewer opportunities for Human Trafficking.  Fair Trade labeling is similar to the “Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval” in that standards have been implemented regarding working conditions, wages, child labor, and the environment in the developing countries these products represent.  The Fair Trade label carries a message to us as consumers that we are purchasing products that are produced in a socially just way.

Lake area shoppers will appreciate the international market experience this Fair Trade Bazaar brings to our community.  Just in time for Christmas Shopping, these beautiful, unusual products include house wares, baskets, toys, cards, clothing, scarves, musical instruments, jewelry, candy, coffees and much more.

The HARVEST LUNCH which includes homemade soups, salad buffet, dessert and beverage is only $8 for adults and $5 for children.  Call ahead for carry-out lunches at 573-346-5546.

The event is hosted by the women of Community Christian Church in the Family Life Center at 1064 North Business Route 5 in Camdenton.  All proceeds go to support 20 local and global mission projects. See event flyer.

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