There are 57 children in Union County with parents in jail or in prison who will get Christmas presents from those parents thanks to the generosity and Christmas spirit of 57 “angels.”
Prison Fellowship’s Angel Tree ministry works to provide inmates with the opportunity to arrange for Christmas presents to be given to their children through “angels,” caring individuals who are willing to buy presents for the child of an inmate. Each angel receives the name of a child for whom they buy a present which will be given to the child in the name of their incarcerated parent along with a personal greeting from the parent.
Sanders Read, a volunteer with the Prison Fellowship’s Angel Tree ministry in Union County, said that the note sent by the parent conveys the message to the child that their parent loves them and that God loves them also. He said learning their incarcerated parent has not forgotten them fills a child’s heart with joy, adding that the gift often leads to the healing of family relationships and even helps lead family members to come to faith in Christ.
This year, the local ministry was seeking 55 angels and Sanders issued a statement last week asking for them. On Monday, Sanders announced that not only had the effort been successful, but that the ministry had actually gotten 57 angels who will bring Christmas joy to the children who will be receiving the gifts and to the parents in whose name they are being given.
Read thanked those angels for their willingness to take part in this ministry.
“We appreciate the angels for what they have done,” Read said. “Again, on behalf of the children and their parents, thank you very much. May God bless you.”
Sunday, Dec. 4
11 a.m.: The Grace Chancel Choir of Grace United Methodist Church will present “The Christmas Light,” arrangement by Patrick M. Liebergen on Sunday, December 4 during the morning worship service.
The musical texts and dramatic narrative remind us of the hope, peace, joy, and love associated with the Advent season and of the coming of God’s light on Christmas day. The masterwork choruses and duet are selected from the works of J.M. Haydn, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Praetorius, and Schubert and arranged from the Christmas carol melodies of Gruber, Handel, Mendelssohn, and Wade. The dramatic narrative is drawn from biblical passages.
You won’t want to miss this special musical presentation!
2:30 p.m.: James Chapel Baptist Church will hold their Friends and Family’s Day.
Speaker for the hour is Rev. JC Edwards, Pastor of Weeping Mary Baptist Church in Blair.
Friends, family, and the public are welcome.
Your presence would be greatly appreciated. If you are unable to attend we solicit your prayers.
5:30 p.m.: Please join us in the church yard of Grace United Methodist Church at our lighted Christmas tree for our annual Singing Around the Christmas Tree. Please bring a lawn chair if you aren’t able to stand.
Then following the singing our very talented and busy Children’s Ministry Team is planning to “showcase” the musical gifts of our children on December 4th at 6pm in the sanctuary. The children will delight us by ringing “Angels We Have Heard on High” with their bells, followed by singing “Away in a Manger,” and then concluding with a liturgical dance to “O Come All Ye Faithful!”
Please come and support our wonderful Grace kids as they help focus our attention on Christmas worship. This evening promises to honor the most cherished gift ever given through the musical gifts of children. We hope you can join us! You will certainly be blessed!
Monday, Dec. 12
6 p.m.: St. Paul Baptist Church, 308 Wallace St., Union, will have their Annual Christmas Caroling. Everyone is invited to attend.
Sunday, Dec. 18
11 a.m.: Chambertown Community Lighthouse, 413 South Mountain Street, Union, will hold its Christmas Service. Dinner will be served following the service. All are welcome.