Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Angel Tree 2009

Sunday was "Angel Tree" Day.  We delivered gifts to needy families in our community.  About 19 families, over 80 kids plus their parents, a couple-three gifts per child and a gift for the parents.

This is a huge effort that involves a lot of coordination and a lot of volunteers to buy gifts, wrap them, sort them and deliver them.  Even the blizzard of 2009 wasn’t enough to stop our Angel Tree leaders (thanks to all of you!!) from getting the gifts out to families this weekend.

Angel Tree 07 We moved all of the furniture out of the Chancel to make room for the gifts and we quickly started to run out of room.

Angel Tree 03 We had over a dozen bicycles and a  “power wheel” along with clothes, games, and other toys!

Angel Tree 04 I took these pictures on Saturday afternoon when a little over half of the gifts had arrived!  Once the rest of the gifts were dropped off, there wouldn’t have been much room for the pastor!  But that’s okay, I can’t think of a better picture – all of these gifts covering the chancel and surrounding the altar.

Angel Tree 08 Angel Tree is an amazing ministry at First Saints.  This is an opportunity to thank everyone involved and to give thanks for the privilege of serving people in our community. 

It’s also a good time to lift up the challenge to live this life of service all year round.  Christ came at Christmas to show us how to live each and every day!  May we continually respond positively to that challenge, as individual Christ-followers and as a Church.

Merry Christmas and Godspeed!

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