Make Your Gift Giving List and Shop at Gifts of Hope

Turn your gift into a gift of hope by purchasing handmade gift items and/or giving gifts that support local and global neighbors. The Gifts of Hope alternative market will be open Saturday, December 1, 5:00-6:30 pm and Sunday, December 2, 9:00 am-1:00 pm in the Commons area at First Lutheran. Cash or checks only. We can not accept debit or credit cards. Come shop, hear stories, see the work of creative artists and avoid the mad rush of the mall. One small gift can have a huge impact! Give a gift that keeps on giving.

Read more below about the ministries you will have the opportunity to support at the market.

First Lutheran member, Barb Johnson Frank, had an opportunity to speak about the Gifts of Hope market last year in an interview aired on Channel 10/11 in Lincoln. While the story is a year old, the meaning behind it hasn’t changed. Gifts of Hope continues to be an opportunity to give a gift of meaning.


Mosaic is a social ministry organization affiliated with the ELCA that advocates for people with intellectual disabilities. Your gift for the PROMOTE Health program assures children and young adults in the Tanzania Building a Caring Community program have access to basic health services. Mosaic is new to the market this year and will also be selling tote bags and coin purses made by Tanzanians who have intellectual or physical disabilities. All proceeds support the work of the artists.

Learn More About Mosaic


The Fair Trade booth will offer gifts of chocolate, tea, coffee and olive oil that all support small scale farmers. Food items make a great gift for teachers, coaches, friends or family and fit nicely in a holiday gift bag.

Learn More About Fair Trade Products


Our South Sudanese American friends worry about friends and family in South Sudan who are in desperate need of food and medical care. Through a new partnership with the ELCA, you can feed a refugee family, provide welcome supplies and stock a health clinic.

Learn More on How You Can Support Refugee Families


The Holy Land table will showcase unique and beautiful items brought from there by Kay Rockwell. There will be handmade olive wood nativity scenes, tree ornaments, crosses, handwoven scarves, cross stitch bags and more! Receivers will appreciate knowing the story of origin and that their gift is supporting programs in the Holy Land.

View Photos of Holy Land Items Available for Sale


With one in six children in Nebraska struggling with hunger, the Lincoln Food Bank BackPack Program is a vital program. The BackPack Program provides an actual backpack of food for the weekend. This is a perfect gift for a teacher, chef or grandma who loves to feed children. Give a gift that will cover the cost of a week, two weeks, a month or more.

Learn More About the BackPack Program


Through the ELCA Good Gifts program you can give the gift of a solar-powered lantern so a child has light to do their homework, provide communion supplies for a missionary serving in remote villages, purchase Bibles for the growing church around the world or give a gift of chicks that will one day provide protein rich eggs and an income for the family.

Shop for ELCA Good Gifts


First Lutheran member, Jan Christensen, has donated some of her photographs to be sold by the middle and high school youth going on accompaniment trips next summer. Money raised will provide scholarships for youth who want to go, but do not have the financial means to cover the costs. Money will also be used to provide donations to the communities the youth will be serving, which are Puerto Rico and the Native American Reservation in Lake Traverse, South Dakota.

See More Samples of the Photography for Sale