Friends old and new have the chance to reflect on the past year, have fun and help those less fortunate again this year for the 21st annual Christmas Faire this Friday at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church in Pacific Palisades. It's from 6 to 9 p.m. in the church's Sprague Auditorium.
"We look forward to implementing some new ideas while respecting the traditions that make the evening a community favorite," said Kristen Waters as her second year as co-chairperson of the event, along with three Palisades residents Monica de Haan, Sujie Min and Courtney Sheldon.
The theme of this year’s fair is "Rejoice!" which was inspired by John 15:12 which directs followers to, "love one another as I have loved you." All proceeds from the event are donated to the church’s outreach partners and the last three Faires have raised in excess of $110,000 each for these organizations.
"It’s a truly joyous way to start off the holiday season; catching up with friends and shopping for something special all while doing good," said Min.
As part of the parish’s efforts to be a good neighbor, the faire's organizers extends formal invitations -- and two complimentary drink tickets -- to their neighbors along Bienveneda Avenue in the hope that they will rejoice in the holiday season with them.
The organizations listed below will benefit from the Christmas Faire:
- Angel Interfaith Network (Project Angel) - Provide housing assistance, relocation, transportation and supplies for needy families with babies born at LA County/USC Medical Center.
- Belize Service Projects – Provide support for two service projects in Belize.
- Chrysalis - Fund job training and placement for homeless and low-income individuals.
- CLARE - Support teens at risk for substance abuse through Clarity for Youth program.
- Common Ground - Provide funding for HIV/Aids related services including education, prevention, testing and counseling for homeless youth.
- Dorcas House - Fund staffing for this foster home for fifty children in Tijuana.
- Episcopal Chaplaincy at USC and UCLA – Support youth worship at USC and UCLA.
- Episcopal Relief and Development - Provide support to the emergency relief fund.
- Episcopal Urban Intern Program - Subsidize repairs to housing for the interns.
- GAIA (Global Aid Interfaith Alliance) - Provide funds for the Village-to-Village Intervention Program in impoverished African villages of rural Malawi.
- Habitat for Humanity – Fund two parish work days at Habitat building projects.
- Hollygrove - Support the Family Finding Program for abused and neglected children.
- Jubilee Consortium – Support expansion of the Health Justice Project to low-income neighborhoods in downtown Los Angeles and Hawthorne.
- NYA (Neighborhood Youth Association) - Provide funding for the Personal Best Program to help at- risk children in West L.A.
- OPCC (formerly Ocean Park Community Center) and Samoshel (Santa Monica Shelter) - Provide funds for food and shelter for the homeless in West Los Angeles.
- PRISM /Restorative Justice - Supports pastoral care for prison inmates at Twin Towers and Juvenile Hall
- St. Joseph Center - Pay the stipend for the Episcopal Urban Intern who helps locate housing for the homeless.
- St. Joseph’s Center’s Bread & Roses Café - Funds staffing for the program manager that coordinates meals for low-income and homeless individuals every weekday.
- Westside Food Bank - Provide funds for purchase and distribution of essential nutrition for ultra low-income individuals and families.
The parish welcomes Palisidians of all faiths to join them at the faire and at Sunday services.
For more information on the Christmas Faire, visit their website.