Sunday, November 02, 2008

The Christmas Tree Lot is just a few weeks away!

For the past four Christmas seasons, Jim and I have run the East Hill Christmas Tree Lot fund raiser. This year will make five years. The tree lot is the big fund raiser for missions at our church. In the past the money has gone to short term mission teams and last year it went to our long term missionaries. This year we are hoping to train someone to take our place so that the tree lot will continue in future years when we are in Mexico. We are also hoping to partner with My Father's House which is a local shelter for families. My Father's House has just opened their new facility which has been built entirely debt free. God has truly blessed them.

The past few years all of our Noble Firs have been generously donated by a local tree farmer who has agreed to generously donate trees again this year. We want to thank them so much for their giving hearts.

During the tree lot season, we also run the Trees of Joy program as part of the tree lot. In this program, people can donate $20.00 for a tree that will go to a family in need. In this season and in the economic times we live in, this will be a great blessings this year to many.

If you live in the Portland area and would like to support the tree lot and East Hill Missions, we encourage you to stop by beginning Friday, November 28 through Saturday, December 20 and pick out a tree. We are open 9 AM to 9 PM daily. Our trees start at $20.00 and go up depending on size and type of tree. The tree lot is totally run by volunteers and all proceed go to the missions department for global and local outreach.

May God bless you all as we enter into the holiday season and the celebration of the birth of our precious Lord and Savior.