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In time for the holidays, local shoppers can help the poorest of the poor at the Global Gift Fair at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church, 950 Santa Cruz Ave. in Menlo Park, on Saturday, November 22 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm and on Sunday, November 23 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.

The event is part of MPPC’s focus on poverty and injustice during the month of November. This past weekend the church hosted Gary Haugen, founder and president of the International Justice Mission, who spoke on how violence is as much a part of poverty as hunger and disease, and what we as individuals can do about it.

Because the church partners with Heavenly Treasures, a fair trade micro-enterprise network, 100% of proceeds are reinvested with the artisans, who suffer from extreme poverty and violence. The gift fair will equip and assist people in developing countries to break the cycle of poverty through their own handiwork and creativity. Last year, Global Gift Fair sales totaled over $119,000.

“This year, shoppers will have the special opportunity to meet a local artisan [pictured] from Guatemala,” says Bennie Ingraham, Mission Director at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church. “She will be weaving huipiles, traditional Guatemalan garments on-site, in addition to selling a variety of hand-weaved textile products.”

MPPC has been on Santa Cruz Avenue in Menlo Park for 140 years and today has four campuses, including locations in San Mateo and Mountain View.

Photo courtesy of Heavenly Treasures

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Church Songs of Ireland concert offered by Nativity Church on Oct. 26

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Enjoy a concert of Irish hymns and songs covering the seasons of the year from All Saints and All Souls, to Christmas and St. Patrick’s Day, to Easter and summer, celebrating Irish saints through music and Sunday, Oct. 26 from 2:00 to 3:30 pm at Nativity Church, 210 Oak Grove Avenue, Menlo Park.. Featured will […]

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Survivor Carissa Phelps is one of the featured speakers at Trinity Church program on human trafficking

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When she was 12 years old, Carissa Phelps was trafficked. She tells that story in her book Runaway Girl. Today, armed with a PhD and MBA from UCLA, she works to provide career development and employment opportunities for runaways and former runaways through the organization of the same name. On November 1st,  she will bring her story […]

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St. Bede’s Church presents Albany Consort’s Big Band Bash on Oct. 19

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This fall marks 40 years of continuous music making for the Albany Consort. St. Bede’s Episcopal Church celebrates with a big band program involving 30 musicians, which include singers, a chorus, and an orchestra with recorders, flutes, oboes, trumpets, timpani and strings. Selections include Vivaldi’s Autumn, a Bach Birthday Cantata, and a Bach Harpsichord Concerto. The concert […]

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Trinity Church members pedal bike ambulance on Peninsula to raise awareness about GAIA

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Trinity Church members Steve Andrew (center), Kathy Engelmann (right) and Katie Behroozi could be spotted around the mid-Peninsula today as they took turns pedaling a GAIA bike ambulance, a replica of similar bikes used every day in rural Africa to transport critically ill patients across dirt roads to the nearest clinic or hospital. Their goal was to […]

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Summer adventure: Walking the Camino de Santiago with Trinity Church group

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In the post and photos below, M-A grad Annalise Deal, who heads for Boston College this fall, talks about her summer experience walking the Camino de Santiago. We’d like to hear how other Menlo Park and Atherton residents spent their summer vacation. Send stories/photos to tips@inmenlo.com. “The Camino has been a gift, pay it forward.” I read […]

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Spotted: Beautiful rose in the garden at Trinity Church in Menlo Park

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We guess we shouldn’t be surprised that the well-tended rose garden at Trinity Church in Menlo Park would yield such a beautiful rose. But we think photographer Gillian Bostock captured it perfectly.

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Charity rummage sale at St. Bede’s in Menlo Park on June 28 will benefit GAIA

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St. Bede’s semi-annual rummage sale offers clothes, shoes, books, CDs, household items, toys, knickknacks, craft items and more — you never know what treasures you’ll find — plus free refreshments. The church promises prices that are famously low and friendly volunteers to help you find what you are looking for. The sale takes place in Lehman Hall, the […]

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Barbara Wilcox hopes to go on MPPC mission trip using unique fundraising approach

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Barbara Wilcox is a relatively new resident of Menlo Park, but the street she lives on has historical roots. It was once the site of Camp Fremont’s bakery. Barbara knows little nuggets of facts like this because the World War I training camp is the subject of her Master’s thesis at Stanford. A former journalist, […]

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Trinity Church kids put Easter baskets together for shelter kids

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Parishioner Holly Tambling orchestrated another beautiful building of Easter baskets at Trinity Church this morning. About 300 baskets with books,  stuffed animals, toys, candy and more were built and will beBe delivered to local shelters.

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Broader community invited to participate in MPPC’s Compassion Weekend – March 29-30

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With the goal of making service simple, Menlo Park Presbyterian Church and its Open Door Church campuses invite the public to join in serving on 33 projects on Saturday, March 29 and Sunday, March 30 — its ninth annual Compassion Weekend. This year, there are opportunities for 4,500 volunteers to participate. To sign up, visit http://cw2014.org. […]

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