"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 be decorating 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.
This year the Giving Branch will hold tags 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), and Cristo Rey. Each tag will contain information about the recipient such as gender, age, requests, sizes, and needs.
The Giving Branch tags will be available on the Sunday before Thanksgiving (11/19). There will be enough tags on the branch so that each family may choose one or more as they are able. There will be a printed registry for each group on the table below the dove in the Narthex. After you choose your tags, please sign your name and phone number on the registries next to the tag numbers that you have chosen. We ask that you limit the amount you spend on each person to approximately $25 to make it equitable for all – givers and recipients. Additional instructions will be available when you take your tag(s). Please be sure to read and follow the instructions carefully.
Please bring your gifts to the Narthex with the ORIGINAL TAG SECURELY ATTACHED by Sunday, December 10th to provide time for sorting, tracking down missing gifts and delivering them to their designated places. 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!