Festival to share the Christmas joy
Joy is a word used extensively in the story of Christmas. It is also what St Peter’s Lutheran Church Fellowship in Stawell hopes to bring to the community through its 15th and possibly last Christmas Tree Festival.
The fellowship is again asking for help in presenting the festival, this year at Stawell Entertainment Centre from 1pm to 3pm on December 1.
Festival spokesperson Lois Nuske said the fellowship needed the help of as many people as possible to share their talents in tree decoration or to enter other competitions to make the event a joyous occasion.
She said entry forms explaining the various competition categories were available at Stawell Craft Shop, Neighbourhood House, Eleanor Clark Furniture and Bedding and Stawell Library.
“Apart from the Christmas tree display, there will be children’s competitions, plant and craft stalls, a Jacobs Well stall with Christian cards and gifts, and entertainment on Sunday afternoon. An entry fee includes morning or afternoon tea,” she said.
“Every year at Christmas time, we and millions of people across the world for a few days at least, try to forget about our preoccupation with newspaper headlines, the economy, politics and so on and instead, share in the joy of Christmas and the birth of the baby Jesus.
“What a wonderful word ‘joy’ is and it seems to be, that in the planning for Christmas, it is used in its fullest measure.
“The spirit of Christmas is in every shared joy and in every act of kindness during this wondrous time of the year and beyond.
“Let’s not miss out on the joy that has been promised by the birth of Jesus.
“We thank all contributors who have helped us create 14 wonderful festivals and again ask for your assistance to make the 15th a spectacular introduction to Christmas for our community.”
Profits from the festival have led to St Peter’s Lutheran Church donating more than $10,000 to Stawell district school chaplaincy, education and welfare organisations, Vision Radio and drought relief.
Ms Nuske said people seeking more information about the festival could call Jo Wilson on 0403 964 847.