The Jesse Tree: An Advent partnership program with our sister parish,
Holy Rosary/St. John and the Community Kitchen.
Since 1996, this partnership has provided countless opportunities for adults and youth of St. Paul to get involved in helping others by serving in the Community Kitchen, supporting the parish with an annual Back to School Drive, Bring a Turkey to Church, and Toiletry Drives. The biggest opportunity of the year takes place during Advent, and we call it the Jesse Tree project.
The Jesse Tree project serves two purposes. For the people of our parish, it is an important part of our Advent Season when we prepare for the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ – His first joyful “coming” as a baby at Christmas and His second coming at the end of time. The Old Testament tells us that the Messiah would come from the House of David, and specifically in Isaiah 11:1 “But a shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse, and from his roots a bud shall blossom;” Jesse was the father of David. So, our Jesse Tree will look a little like a stump, and the gift tags will depict symbols from the Old and New Testaments that remind us of important events that led up to the birth of Christ.
The second purpose of the Jesse Tree is to facilitate our gift giving to those served at Holy Rosary/St. John. Some gift tags will ask for $35 checks for the Community Kitchen to buy food from the Mid-Ohio Food Bank at reduced prices. Other tags will ask for $25 checks. This money will be used to buy food items not available from the Food Bank and cover other operating costs. We will also have tags for $50 checks that will cover operational costs for the Holy Rosary/St. John parish. Other tags will ask for gift cards that are used in several ways:
1) to provide non-food items for the Kitchen such as plastic wrap, foil, etc.
2) to provide needed supplies for the parish’s children and senior ministries, &
3) to provide for special needs of the parish community.
We will also ask for toiletries and warm gloves, hats, and socks. Too often, the basic needs of toothpaste, shampoo, soap, and warm clothing go unfilled for those in the neighborhood of Holy Rosary/St. John since buying food must be their first priority.
So that the donations can be sorted, please return your gifts as soon as possible — no later than 5:00 p.m. on December 16.
Thank you in advance for your generosity!