February 1, 2015

'As each one has received a gift, we use it to serve one another as good stewards of God's varied Grace'      Peter 4:10

GoodNews, the Shop@Christ Church  

Shop Hours  (Closed January 19 in obvervance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day)
Sunday: 9:45 AM -  1:00 PM
Monday - Friday: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Phone: 704-372-5906
Email: gns@christchurchcharlotte.org

GoodNews, the Shop@Christ Church is a mission of the Episcopal Church Women of Christ Church. As a private, nonprofit organization, the Shop donates all of its sales proceeds toward grants to worthy nonprofit initiatives focused on the needs of women and children in the local community and abroad. GoodNews' main objective is to maximize profits in order to fund these initiatives. In its 40-year-old history, it has donated over $1,000,000 to outreach programs. The Shop also serves as a ministry devoted to building community and fellowship and providing resources for programs at Christ Church.

Nestled inside Christ Church, GoodNews, the Shop@Christ Church is adorned with ideal gifts for Christmas, birthdays and special events including Baptisms, Confirmation and graduations. We offer free gift wrapping, so this really is the place for your one-stop shopping!  

Along with our recent renovation, we are making a concerted effort to showcase items made in North Carolina.  We have wooden bowls made in Rutherfordton, cards made in Charlotte, honey produced in Charlotte, peanuts grown in Roxobel, olive oil from Asheville, and pottery from Charlotte and Pinehurst.  Look for the “Made in North Carolina” signs when you visit the shop.  

Best of all, 100% of our proceeds go back into the community.  Click here to see the list of the organizations we helped to support in 2014.

We proudly feature books, cards, candles, lotions, jewelry, handbags, decorative pillows, baby and children gifts, tabletop accessories, men's accessories, crosses, paper products, linens, food items and kitchen accessories. Please remember us first when you shop for that next gift.

Thank you,

GoodNews, the Shop@Christ Church


Artist of the Month

Chip Foard is the January “artist of the month” in GoodNews. Chip is a metal artist whose journey began just a few years ago when he returned to college to become a certified welder. Chip loves nature and tries to capture its beauty from his own perspective. He loves to create works of art that make us think more deeply about our surroundings and appreciate them more. Stop by GoodNews this month to see these beautiful sculptures.   


Celebrate Our 40th Anniversary!

In 1974, our Vestry granted a $1,500 loan to our Episcopal Church Women (ECW) for a gift shop that would raise funds for community services. Led by Martha Alexander, the ECW was convinced this little shop would be an asset to the church's mission.

They were right. The GoodNews Shop opened in November 1974 and thrived beyond anyone's expectations.

For 40 years we've been a popular destination with local shoppers seeking gifts for birthdays, Christmas, Easter, Mother's Day, Father's Day, baptisms, confirmation, and graduations.

To stay in step with current trends we now showcase items made in North Carolina, such as wooden bowls made in Rutherfordton, cards made in Charlotte, honey produced in Charlotte, peanuts grown in Roxobel, olive oil from Asheville, and pottery from Charlotte and Pinehurst.

More importantly, the combined proceeds from sales have contributed nearly one million dollars to nonprofit initiatives focused on the needs of women and children in the local community and abroad.

See our 2014 funding.

That level of giving would not have been possible without the dedicated volunteers and managers who have served this unique ministry, along with our neighbors, friends, and church members who make us their first stop when buying a gift.

If you haven't already, come take a tour of our new space (thanks to Leap of Faith renovations) and the adjacent meeting area. Do a little shopping and rest assured that a portion of every dollar you spend will help women and children.

Help us help others for another forty years!

Congratulations to the winners of our 40th Anniversary Raffle: 

Painting by Lois Ann Partridge – winner Winston Paschall
Painting by Jane Showalter – winner Mary Davis Smart
Painting by Margaret Salisbury – winner Amy Cole
Painting by Murry Parker – winner Jennifer Gossett
Bridge Party by Van Hill – winner Beth Neale  

Thanks to everyone for making our Anniversary Celebration such a huge success! 



Volunteer in the GoodNews Shop!

Are you looking for an easy way to get involved at Christ Church? Look no further...Come to the GoodNews Shop and sign up for a once a month two hour shift. It's a fun way to be involved, meet new friends and have a little time for retail therapy. Please come and join our fun team. You can contact Peggy or Lynne at gns@christchurchcharlotte.org.

GOODNEWS is taking advantage of Facebook to promote our store and our story. Facebook enables us to reach a wide variety of people with a click of a button. Please "like" us on Facebook and encourage your friends to do the same. Last year GoodNews, along with the ECW Bazaar, donated $72,235 to charities that work with women and children. This year our goal is $80,000. By shopping in the store and spreading the word to your friends we can accomplish this goal together!!

Phone: 704-372-5906
Email: gns@christchurchcharlotte.org

Follow us on Instagram @thegoodnewsshop



Christ Church Gallery
The idea for All Saints' Gallery began in the early 1990's when Jo Rankin saw an art exhibit at Coventry Cathedral in England. At a later date, she presented the idea to Henry Parsley who said without hesitation "let's start the gallery!" Over the years, the gallery has grown and improved (Jo still remembers struggling to hang the art on chains attached to the cinder block walls). Today, with Margaret Salisbury and Murray Parker at the helm, a new group of local artists arrive each month with their work. The medium used is varied and can range from pencil, pastel, watercolor, oil to even collage. The paintings are sold through GOODNEWS with 30% of the sale price going to Mission Funding. Last year the gallery and the GOODNEWS "Artist of the Month" program contributed almost $9,000 to Mission Funding. The next time you are considering a painting, remember that any purchase will be a benefit to you and also to GOODNEWS.


Each Tuesday and Wednesday volunteers meet in the church kitchen to assemble casseroles, soups and desserts to sell in GOODNEWS. Every recipe has been created and tested by church members with several of them based on recipes from our Christ Church Cookbook. Met with overwhelming success, the GOODNEWS Freezer has become our top selling category several months in a row. The freezer will be stocked through May of this year and then it will be empty for the summer. Starting in September, we would love to continue cooking and stocking the freezer...we just need some more volunteers! This commitment can be as little as once a month for two hours or as much time as you have to give. If you like to prep, cook or assemble we have a place for you that offers a wonderful opportunity for fellowship! Interested in helping? Contact Jane Coulter jwcoulter@gmail.com.

2014 Mission Funding Recipients 

A Child's Place $5,000.00
ANSWER Scholarship Endowment $1,500.00
Augustine Project for Literacy $3,000.00
Baby Bundles $2,552.00
Bethlehem Center of Charlotte $1,200.00
The Brookstone School $1,000.00
Care Ring $2,500.00
Charlotte Family Housing $2,000.00
Charlotte Rescue Mission-Dove's Nest $2,500.00
Communities in Schools $1,500.00
Elida Children's Home $2,500.00
Fistula Foundation $2,000.00
Freedom School Partners $2,000.00
Hope for His Children $3,300.00
Hope Haven $3,500.00
Jubilee House Community, Inc./CDCA $2,500.00
Kinder-Mourn, Inc. $3,000.00
Lex Matthews Scholarship $1,000.00
Pat's Place $3,000.00
Salvation Army Center of Hope $5,000.00
Shelter Health Services $1,000.00
Center for Community Transitions $3,500.00
The Learning Collaborative $3,000.00
The Relatives $5,000.00
Thompson Child and Family Focus $4,400.00
Safe Alliance $5,000.00
All We Need is Love $1,000.00
Bright Blessings $3,238.00
Classroom Central $2,000.00

TOTAL:   $78,690.00




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