Church hopes to spread Christmas joy with Jesse Tree


A Jesse Tree is a decorative tree used during Advent to retell the stories of the Bible that lead to Jesus’s birth. Since Advent is a season of waiting, a Jesse Tree will help to build joy and anticipation as you wait for Christmas. The Jesse Tree tradition comes from the scripture Isaiah 11:1-9.

Prophesy of new life and abundance where there was emptiness. Jesus’ birth is the fulfillment of that prophesy and a local church wishes to spread that joy by sharing with local families in need.

This year, First United Methodist Church worked with the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office and will be helping 13 families in the area with their Jesse Tree. Most of the families have kids ranging in ages from infant to 15 years old. Two of the families have recently relocated to the area and are trying to find necessities. The families are hard working and just trying to make it work, according to the church.

A lot of the families are in need of necessity items including beds. This event has also partnered with Ivan Smith to collect money and purchase beds for these families. There are 10 beds needed for these families.

If interested in donating, visit and click “give.” The website will redirect you to the online giving site. Go by the church office at 220 Amulet St. to make a donation or get a tag and donate other items that are needed. You may also call the church office at (318) 357-8296 to give over the phone or learn more.

All donations are needed by Dec. 18 at 3 p.m. This event was coordinated by Emily Harrington so that the church may help their neighbors during this Advent season.