Advent Festival features holiday gifts; benefits charities

The Church of the Saviour’s annual Advent Festival is sure to solve many holiday shopping dilemmas. The festival will take place on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and all proceeds will benefit local and global mission projects. 

Among the festival’s vendors are Ten Thousand Villages and Esperanza Threads. Ten Thousand Villages offers handmade crafts, with all proceeds going back to the third-world artisans who make the bowls, jewelry, bags, rugs and other items. Esperanza Threads offers organic cotton apparel and goods.

The festival will also feature a book sale, handmade crafts, African jewelry, fair trade items and much more.

Shoppers can begin the day with a hot breakfast at 8:30 a.m. The Great Hall will open for shopping at 9 a.m. Don’t miss the fresh hot donuts, fair trade coffee, and homemade Christmas cookies that will be available.

There is a free holiday-craft workshop for kids. Live music will include brass and string ensembles, carolers and other performers. All are encouraged to bring new children’s mittens, gloves, hats, scarves or socks for the Mitten Tree. All items will be donated to a local charity that helps children and families.

Returning this year will be the Silent Auction, with bids accepted between 9 and 11 a.m. Proceeds from the auction go directly to local missions. Bid on theme baskets, prayer shawls, art work, food items and more.

Church of the Saviour is at 2537 Lee Road in Cleveland Heights, one block north of Fairmount Boulevard. Plenty of free parking is available. For information, call 216-321-8880.

Arleen Twist

Arleen Twist, a member of Church of the Saviour, and worked in the church office for 29 years before retiring in 2006. She and her husband, John, are longtime residents of Cleveland Heights.  

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