A shoot will spring forth from the stump of Jesse, and a branch out of his roots” Isaiah 11:1.
Jesse was King David’s father. The image of a branch growing out of the roots of Jesse points to a new king in David’s line. We know that this is fulfilled in Jesus, the King of Kings, who is a descendant of Jesse.
During the Advent season, a symbolic Branch of Jesse will decorate our Narthex. The Branch is a representation that connects God’s faithfulness through the Old Testament to the newness in the form of the birth of Jesus. Just as God gave us the gift of life through Jesus Christ, we will share this hope with others in our community through the giving of Christmas gifts.
(Seven Week Advent begins November 14, 2021)
Like last year, in lieu of wrapped gifts, $25 gift cards will be provided for our friends at Freedom House (a half-way house for men) and their Family Afterward program, Good News Home (a drug/alcohol abuse treatment center for women), Anderson House (a half-way house for women), Cristo Rey, and Binnacle House (a group home for boys ages 13-18). In order to provide these gift cards, we are asking for monetary donations only. With these funds, we will purchase the 125 gift cards and distribute them to the recipients. There will not be any specific gift item requests -- the decorative tags on the branch in the Narthex will simply provide donation instructions.
Monetary donations can be made via check, cash, or PayPal. Please note "Giving Branch" on the check or on the envelope if donating cash. There is a secure black box outside the Church office for anyone wanting to drop off, or it can be mailed to the Church. If donating through PayPal, please use the button below. Please note: if using the PayPal link, $1.01 is added to each $25 donation to cover PayPal’s service fee (e.g., to make a donatation for 2 gift cards, the charge will be $52.02.)
Please submit all contributions by Sunday, December 12th. If you have any questions, please contact Deanne Altom at 908-534-3425 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Michelle Marlow at 908-884-6932 (email@example.com).
Thank you for helping to make the holiday a bit happier for someone less fortunate!
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