Fes­ti­val to share the Christ­mas joy

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Our Wimmera -

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.

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