Church continues Jesse Tree tradition


First United Methodist Church on Second Street is continuing their Jesse Tree tradition in 2020, coordinated by Emily Harrington. 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.

This Advent season, the church has a unique opportunity to assist those in need and helping them better their lives through education.

Proverbs 16:16 says that having wisdom and understanding is better than having silver or gold. Nice and expensive items can be enjoyable, but there are very few things in life that can never be taken away, will never go out of style and that truly make you a better person. An education is one of those things.

Earlier this year, Natchitoches was listed as the poorest town in Louisiana with a poverty rate of 46.8%; compared to an overall state poverty level of 19 percent. Furthering an individual’s education is one of the best ways to not only increase their chances of success, but also the community as a whole. Unfortunately, many cannot afford to complete their high school education.

During 2019, the Central Louisiana Technical Community College served over 350 students in the adult education program. This year’s donations will help students in the community take the HiSET (formally GED). The cost of this exam is $93.75.

Take an ornament off of the Jesse trees and place a monetary donation in the attached envelope and return it to the ballot box next to the Jesse Tree in the Northax or Crossroads Cafe. Call the church office at 318-357-8296 or donate online at