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Advent Shop


This Christmas, The Gateway Church is hosting its second annual Advent Shop to help individuals purchase and create gifts that will inspire and make an impact. Gifts will range from locally made, justice oriented, socially conscious, and handmade goods with proceeds going to global ministry partners such as ENLACEIJMBeza ThreadsDeep Green Project, and more!

The Gateway Church at Central Campus
1800 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50309
Dec 8, 2013 from 11:30 am to 2:00 pm




DeepGreen Threads 

Deepgreen Threads is a knitting business that provides work for women in our community in China who have suffered injustice. Our desire is to see these women empowered to grow professionally, personally and spiritually. 

Goods: hand knit products including scarves, hats & bracelets.

Beza Threads 

We help bring redemption and freedom to the enslaved, providing rehabilitation and job training to give them a sustainable future. We support organizations and former slaves by bringing their products to the marketplace. 

Goods: Scarves, Shirts, Bags

Linda Luong 

I made the bracelets and Iowa magnets for myself and my close friends. Soon after people started seeing them and they started asking me to make them so they can give away as gifts. I've been having fun making them ever since! 

Goods: Handmade bracelets and necklaces made with nylon or suede, brass and metal hex nuts and washers. Great for that rough, industrial look with any outfit! Hand sewn Iowa felt magnets. Super cute on any refrigerator, desk or filing cabinet! 

Contact: You can also find the bracelets and necklaces at MintLA in the West Glen Town Center. 

Two Clever Monkeys, Stacey Cleverley 

A little over a year ago I discovered I could sew! As the proud Momma to two boys, I offer boys and girls creations both! 

Goods: Girls' skirts & dresses, boys' neckties and bowties, coffee cozies, headbands and bows, padded sunglasses cases/flat iron cases, decorated t-shirts and onesies, kids' and adults' aprons! A little bit of everything. And I also take custom orders :-) 

Contact: or 605.351.4403 

Garage Sale, Sarah Laue 

I create kitchy pieces from vintage fabric and objects. My ornaments and magnets are tiny little dioramas or shadow boxes full of weirdness. 

Goods: Magnets, Christmas ornaments, and vintage stuff 

Contact: or 515-802-4528 

emilou studio

Festive and charming paper goods to raise money for my mission trip with The Gateway Church/ENLACE El Salvador in February 2014.

Goods: greeting cards, art prints, cork board maps

Contact: Emily Lunt, emilynlunt@gmail.com928-965-4554

Jo House - The Mu family

We used to live in Burma and came to America as refugees. We love to make scarves and by selling them we can have an income source and share our gift.

Goods: Scarves

Contact: Jo House at 515-971-6243

Children’s Hopechest, Caeden and Ashton Debruin 

Our family, through Children's Hopechest, help provide food, education and medical care for 400 orphans in Uganda. Caeden and Ashton are selling these crafts to raise money to visit the kids they are supporting! 

Goods: Hand painted canvases and handmade bracelets by Caeden who is 7 and Ashton who is 5.

The Story Company 

Proceeds from these goods go towards medical expenses for orphans and vulnerable children in Uganda, Swaziland, Ethiopia and India in the Children's Hope Chest Program. They were handmade by artesian in these countries and they also help these artist provide for their families! 

Goods: Necklaces, earrings, bracelets, handmade journals, and purses


ROD+RIVET is a website for the outdoorsman with a focus on Iowa and fly fishing. 

Goods: Thermoses, water bottles, fly reels, flies, Iowa maps 

Marcia Sheriff 

I have a passion for reading to children and telling them about the amazing love that God has for them. I teach children, through my book, important spiritual truths that are a part of their everyday lives. 

Goods: A children's picture book called, God's Great Big Love. 

Contact: To contact me or get a signed copy of the book, please e-mail me at or call 202-7703. The book is also available online at WestBow Press, Barnes and Noble, and Amazon. I also have a Facebook page called, "God's Great Big Love." 

Megan Kehoe 

God has truly blessed me with a gift and passion for art. My goal is to fulfill this gift by designing and creating art for everyone to enjoy. 

Goods: Original art work, designed coaster, seasonal cards 

Contact: or 515.205.2584 


Freeset is a fair trade business offering employment to women trapped in Kolkata, India's sex trade. We make quality jute bags and organic cotton t-shirts, but our business is freedom! We would like to see the 10,000 sex workers in our neighborhood empowered with the choice of leaving a profession they never chose in the first place. Goods: jute handbags and organic cotton t-shirts

Trouvés Home 

Locally made home goods. Trouvés is french for "found". J’ai été trouvé! Aprons, cloth napkins, tea towels, neckties

Trouvés Body: Natural luxury body and home products. Body butter, soy candles. 

Later Event: December 14
Gateway Cookie Exchange