Hey crafters & artists! December 9???

Calling All Crafters & Artists!

Registration is now open for our 2017 Holiday Craft Fair and Art Show.
We are on the hunt for the creative, the clever, and the crafty!

Table Fee: $30 for 10’ space with room to sit behind or $50 for a 10×10 spot
*take $10 off your fee with item (valued $10 or more) donated to our silent auction by 12/1

Date: Saturday, December 9th, 2017
Time: 10am-4pm
Location: FBC Westbrook, 733 Main Street, Westbrook

Registration: All registration fees, bake sale and silent auction proceeds go toward our Mission Team trip next April to serve a school we support in Oratorio, Guatemala. Vendors keep 100% of their sales.

Reservations will be first come, first serve.
We are not accepting applications from consultants of direct sales companies. If you aren’t sure if that means you, just ask!

If you are unable to mail your payment by check made payable to “FBC Westbrook,” you may pay cash at FBC Westbrook. Contact Afton Morton to arrange a time.

Click here to print out your registration packet.
Questions? Email craftfair@fbcwestbrook.com

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20,000 drivers per day

How will we advertise? High visibility!

  1. On our full-color 4×8 digital sign during 3-6 pm drive time plus other non-peak times. Traffic is greater than 20,000 cars per day plus pedestrians.
  2. Social media, targeted, paid advertising
  3. Local free publications

 

  • If you are unable to mail your payment, you may pay cash at FBC Westbrook. Contact Afton Morton (craftfair@fbcwestbrook.com) to arrange a time.
  • Reservations are on a first come, first serve basis; there are a limited number of spaces and areas (34). If you send payment and we have reached capacity, we will inform you and return your payment.
  • If you agreed to donate an item to our silent auction for a reduced registration fee, the item is due by December 1st. Please make arrangements with Afton Morton to drop off your item.
  • The fair will take place in a church and the church representative(s) reserve the right to ask that any inappropriate or offensive product be removed.
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    Serving children trapped in poverty.

    It is expected that the vendors will be set up prior to 9:45am on Saturday and will stay until 4:00pm. The church will be open on Friday evening from 6pm8pm and Saturday morning at 7:00am for vendor set-up.

  • It is understood that: FBC Westbrook is not responsible for any loss or damage of personal property or for any problem that arises from the sale/purchase of any good/product.
  • By applying for this event I understand and agree to hold FBC Westbrook, its officers, agents and employees, harmless from any and all liability or claims, which may arise out of or in connection with said use of the church facilities.

Click here to print out your registration packet.

Email Afton Morton with questions craftfair@fbcwestbrook.com

 

Businesses making a difference

How your business can help

Business sponsors?

Business and corporate sponsors make a large difference

We know businesses are approached time after time to sponsor everything from dance teams to travelling basketball squads. All are worthy causes in need of funding so that parents don’t have to bear the full weight of all the expenses.

So why sponsor our Guatemala team? Where does the money go?
We’re glad you asked! By sponsoring our team trip to Guatemala in April of 2018, you are making an investment in changing the lives of children trapped in poverty.

How can we make that claim? In 2015, eighteen of us took our first trip to Oratorio to help paint a school where children received a daily meal, vitamins, educational support and even access to medical care.

Our group grew more and more connected to the center and the children. We saw the impact of child sponsorship firsthand. We saw the joy on the children’s faces as they ran to their classrooms to eat a healthy lunch. It changed us and we came away sponsoring 9 children we met while there.

When we got back to Westbrook, we told others of the needs and how sponsoring a child can literally be a “bridge to life” and change his future. Others sponsored too. In fact, since we took that first trip 25-30 children now now have sponsors. That is more than 10% of that school.

What else? Because we took that first trip, the school no longer has a dusty cement floor kitchen where meals were prepared over wood fires. Now they have a beautiful tiled floor, full walls and new cooking surfaces. The director says it is so much easier to clean and much more hygienic.

What else? The large-group meeting area now has metal shutters to keep out the rain during the rainy season, the dust during the heat and the noise from the town’s dirt soccer field right on the outside of the school wall.

In April we are heading back to what is now our sister school in Oratorio, Guatemala. Our plan is to help them move forward with more improvements, spend time with all the children supported by our Southern Maine families, help in the classrooms and kitchen feeding the children.

We are again bringing a doctor to provide a clinic. On our last trip, upon examining a little boy, he discovered a need for surgery that would be simple here in the United States. We came home and raised the funds for him to get his surgery and today he is a healthy 9 year old running and playing like there was never an issue.

Your sponsorship helps our work in Guatemala continue. Your support is an investment in changing lives rather than buying new uniforms or sending us to march in a Thanksgiving parade.

Two levels of sponsorship:

Major Sponsor – $300
Major sponsors will be publicly thanked on the FBC church full-color, digital sign at 733 Main Street where approximately 20,000 cars pass each day during the entire month of April during the peak drive time of 3-6 PM, Monday through Friday. Also, your business will be listed in a larger font size on the backs of our team t-shirts on 40-50 shirts worn locally. Major business sponsors will also be thanked on our social media outlets and publications within the church.

Team Sponsor – $100
As our thanks, your business will be listed on the backs of our team t-shirts on 40-50 shirts worn locally. Team sponsors will also be thanked on our social media outlets and publications within the church.

If you would like to help as a corporate or business sponsor, you can either give your tax-deductible gift online at this secure online site or by mailing your gift made out to “FBC Westbrook” to:

FBC Westbrook – Guatemala 2018
733 Main St.
Westbrook, ME 04092

You can also give your gift to a team member. Thank you so much for partnering with us and making a difference in the lives of children trapped in poverty.

GUAT 2018 shirt example

Guatemala 2018 Team Shirts

 

What a success!

So much stuff was donated for our Guatemala 2018 yard sale! We were originally going to move it all down to the parking lot but the weather forecast convinced us that would have been a bad idea so we organized it all inside. Yowza, what a task!

It accomplished three things:

  1. Our Guatemala mission team worked well together to pull it off. It was good team training.
  2. It raised $1200.00 toward the almost $30,000 the team is raising for the 2018 trip and work project.
  3. It met needs in our community and gave us a chance to love our neighbors.

Why Guatemala?

One man at the yard sale asked me why we we go to Guatemala when there are needs right here. I explained that we are AND people who believe in showing the love of Jesus by serving in Westbrook AND regionally AND nationally AND internationally. (Acts 1:8) We had a great talk about our monthly free community meals, our support of the community food pantry, our support of Maine’s Good Shepherd Food bank, our Westbrook Together day free food and fair and a bunch of the other stuff going on. It was awesome. I think he might join us at the Open Door Kitchen.

At 11 AM we made everything free and announced it on the sign. That was so cool!

We met a man who had no furniture. We delivered a couch, a chair and a table. We met an elderly woman with bald tires and just happened (providence) to have 4 very nice tires that fit her car. She insisted on donating a handful of quarters.

We delivered furniture to a woman whose apartment had a bed bug infestation forcing her to get rid of everything.

It was so cool to meet so many needs, make deliveries and see God provide for people.

About $300 in donations came in after everything was free as people insisted on giving $3 here and $5 there.

Sunday morning six of our new connections joined us for worship.

Guatemala Bound

There is still much to be done. Each team member is raising or paying $1200 for the trip directly and then the team is working to raise the remainder together through events like the yard sale.

We are off to a great start thanks to all who donated items and came to shop.

Meet some of the children we sponsor. Their lives are now on a different path.