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“Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away.” —Song 2:13

Wednesday, October 28

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Presbytery of Utica

New York

Building Stones Mission Shop volunteer displaying a fair-trade item Photo by Scott Leonard

 

Building Stones Mission Shop volunteer displaying a fair-trade item

 

Photo by Scott Leonard

 

The Building Stones Mission Shop at Stone Presbyterian Church in Clinton makes a difference in the life of artisans and farmers by selling fair-trade products. Fair trading practices mean fair wages and safe working conditions for the people who make the goods we purchase and enjoy.

As part of its mission, Stone Church began selling fair-trade goods within the congregation years ago. Under the leadership of Lauralyn Kolb, with support from volunteers from the congregation and the community, the shop has expanded and grown rapidly. Located inside Stone Church, the volunteer-run shop is now open to the public and generates $28,000 in revenue annually. It sells products from BeadforLife, SERRV International, Equal Exchange, Ten Thousand Villages, Women’s Bean Project, Mayan Hands, Partners for Just Trade, and Maggie’s Organics. Profits support a variety of causes and missions.

The shop sponsored Stone Church’s pastor, Dennis Dewey, to participate in a January 2014 trip to Nicaragua under the auspices of the Presbyterian Hunger Program and Equal Exchange. The trip underscored that mission is not so much doing something for others but rather doing something with others. He has shared firsthand experiences from the trip with congregations and schools and spoken to them about the importance of fair trade.

By promoting fair trade among the congregation and within its community, Stone Church is supporting the health and welfare of others by helping to provide them a way of contributing to the global economy.

Scott Leonard, clerk of session, Stone Presbyterian Church; Lauralyn Kolb, director, Building Stones Mission Shop; Dennis Dewey, pastor, Stone Presbyterian Church

Let us join in prayer for:

Presbytery of Utica Staff

Rev. Victor McKusick, moderator
CRE Agatha Walker, vice moderator
CRE Larry J. Beasley, stated clerk
Burt Ohmann, treasurer
Joanne G. Bolton, receptionist
Paula Lamberson, bookkeeper

PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff

Linda Seebantz, PMA
Rev. Paul Seebeck, PMA

Let us pray

Gracious God, help us to promote authentic fair trade as a mission we do with others and not just for others. In your name we pray. Amen.

Daily Lectionary

Morning Psalms 96; 147:1-11
First Reading Ezra 6:1-22
Or alternate First Reading Lamentations 2:8-15
Second Reading Revelation 5:1-10
Gospel Reading Matthew 13:10-17
Evening Psalms 132; 134

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