Alternative Christmas Gift Market Opportunity

Posted August 1st, 2017

The Outreach Team is looking for persons who are interested in coordinating the church’s annual Alternative Christmas Gift Market, which is planned for Saturday, November 11. The ACGM is already organized and only requires coordination via email with participants, publicity, set-up and oversight of the event. On the day of the market, the event is run by 5-6 volunteers, who serve as greeters, assist with payments, and provide snacks. If interested, contact Judy Stockstill ( or 620-242-3536).  Thank you.


2016 Outreach Team Christmas Project

Posted December 1st, 2016

This year the Outreach Team chose 4 families to celebrate the Christmas season by assisting these families with gifts to share during the holiday season. Listed below are gift ideas for each family. There will be a display in the Good Shepherd Foyer for selecting a gift to contribute toward one of the families. Monetary donations are also welcome. For questions or if you wish to select a gift early, please contact Judy Stockstill ( or 620-242-3536). Thank you for your support and generosity by helping these families during the Christmas season.

Family 1

Mom S  —  metal measuring spoons and measuring cups, pair of blue or brown pants (size 22W), lavender scented lotion

Son A (age 14)  —  Magic Gathering Cards, remote airplane, soft, warm hoodie (boy’s size 18)

Daughter S (age 11)  —  scooter – 2 wheels and a handlebar, art supplies, leggings (girl’s size 18), warm sweater or top (girl’s size 18)

Family 2

Mom K  —  bangle bracelets, body spray, body wash and hair ties

Son J (age 7)  —  socks and underwear (boy’s size medium), shoes (size 13), PS3 remote

Son J (age 8)  —  socks and underwear (boy’s size large), shoes (men’s size 2), bean bag chair

Family 3      McPherson College student and family

Collecting money for a family computer for this student’s family. Their current computer is aged and has lost some of its functionality. Many of the family’s relatives are long distance so the computer is used for family communication.

Family 4         McPherson College student and family

Dad  —  Money for an Ace Hardware gift card for purchasing supplies for making small home repairs

Mom  —  Money for a Factory Connections gift card (clothing for returning to work), Purex liquid laundry detergent

Son B (age 5)  —  children’s rug (printed with city buildings and streets), full-sized bed sheets (printed with cars, dinosaurs or transformers), jeans, sweats, shirts (boy’s size 5 and 5T)

Daughter L (infant)  —  Luvs Diapers (size 1), no-scent baby wipes, winter clothing (size 0-3 months), spring clothing (size 3-6 months)

Thank You from ACGM Project Group

Posted November 12th, 2010

Thanks to everyone who helped support the 6th annual Alternative Christmas Gift Market. We raised $18,746 for the 20 charities, plus $200 for the Cedars Guild and 3 history book sales. Thanks, too, to all those who contributed their time and talent to make the market a success.

–the Alternative Christmas Gift Market project group

Bridges Out of Poverty Training

Posted November 12th, 2010

STEPMC is offering Bridges Out of Poverty Training for all community members. Bridges Out of Poverty trains community volunteers who want to help people living in poverty work their way to self-sufficiency. Bridges training leads to a better understanding of poverty, provides a process for helping people out of poverty and encourages restructuring of community resources to facilitate and sustain self-sufficiency. This training is used to prepare volunteers to build relationships across class lines.

Bridges Out of Poverty training is the first step to becoming involved with the Circles(TM) Campaign in McPherson County. If you are interested in serving as an Ally, you need this training. If you are interested in serving on one of the teams that support the Circles(TM) Campaign, you need this training.

Saturday, November 20
8:30-2:30, The Well, 101 North Main, McPherson, KS

Please join our facilitators, Mike and Cindy Marion, as we begin to learn about the hidden rules of economic class and how we can build relationships across economic class lines to the benefit of all members of our community.

To register, please call 620-242-2015 and let us know that you would like to attend. The cost is $15 which includes your workbook.

Learn About Ending Poverty in McPherson County

Posted November 12th, 2010

STEPMC invites you to attend an opportunity to learn more about ending poverty in McPherson County. We have two sessions for you to choose from:

December 9th 11:30–1:00 or 6:30–8:00
Both at First United Methodist Church, McPherson.

Carlos Guajardo, a Getting Ahead graduate from Springfield, Ohio, will be here to tell his story of how Circles(TM) helped him move out of poverty and is now assisting others in his community.

You don’t want to miss hearing Carlos’ story!