At our 10:30 services during Advent, we will decorate a Jesse Tree. The first Jesse Trees were large carvings, tapestries, or stained glass windows in churches that helped illiterate people learn about the Bible, from creation to the Christmas story. Jesse Trees are now used as a kind of Advent calendar. Each week, children will place ornaments for the coming weeks symbols upon the Jesse Tree in church. Below are those that will be placed today, the first Sunday of Advent, representing the whole week.
Sunday- The Jesse Tree-1 Samuel 16:1-13
Tuesday- Adam and Eve- Genesis 3:1-24
Wednesday- Noah and the Flood Genesis 6:11-22, 8:6-12
Monday- The Birth of Life – Genesis- 1:24-28
Thursday -Father Abraham- Genesis 12:1-7, 13:2-18
Friday- Isaac and the Ram- Genesis 22:1-14
Saturday- Jacob and his Dream- Genesis 27:41-28:22
During Advent we will collect your donations of socks in adult sizes to be distributed through the Shelter Association of Washtenaw County. Warm socks are especially important to those who spend most of their time outdoors. Please place your donations in the manger on the bima during the offertory on Sunday.
Each year the Michigan Foster Care Closet throws a holiday party for foster families and children. We are excited about hosting a donation drive to help in this effort this year. We have been asked to donate toys and family board and card games that meet the following criteria.
- All items must be brand new.
- Name brand items (no dollar store type quality please).
- Gifts are needed for infants through teenagers.
- Do not wrap the gift.
Bring your donations to church on Sunday, starting November 17, and drop them in the basket marked TOY DRIVE. These toys will be collected through Sunday, December 8. Any toys collected after that will be given to another worthwhile charity.
Wish lists posted on Michigan Foster Care Closet’s Facebook page:
2019 Holiday Toy Drive (Infant-5yr)
2019 Holiday Toy Drive (6yr-12yr)
2019 Holiday Gift Drive 13+
Walmart Michigan Foster Care Closet’s Registry
If ordering online, you can ship directly to Michigan Foster Care Closet at 251 Jackson Plaza, Ann Arbor, 48103.
Contact Suzanne or Karen for more information.