The following was received from our illustrious Office Administrator and lightly edited:
Our 2016 SERRV sale was a great success! As you know, the Mission & Outreach Committee initially started this sale last year as an outreach project, as it helps provide a decent living to small farmers and artisans around the world. But through the process we found it to be an excellent “fundraiser” as roughly 25% of the proceeds come back to our church. As it was always intended as a mission project, the Outreach committee decided any funds raised would go to purchase the fairly-traded coffee we serve every Sunday morning after church, and in that way we are putting those funds back into mission, at the same time as we are helping to fund those expenses here at the church. From our funds raised in 2015, we were able to purchase all the fairly traded coffee we used for the entire year in 2016! Our sales for 2016 have been a little over $1,600, which means we should once again be able to fund all our coffee expenses for 2017, while helping those same small farmers. And as anyone knows who purchased any of the SERRV items, the best part is the beautiful and unique products you get to keep! Thank you to everyone who participated in our SERRV sale!