Advent begins December 1st
Our giving trees will be placed in the Narthex and on the table at the back of the Chapel. Taking an ornament from the tree, allows us to help those who wouldn’t otherwise be receiving Christmas gifts. For parents, it can be a wonderful way to engage your children in the real meaning of the season!
Ornaments have gift information and instructions to help when you go to purchase items.
Please take one or more ornament(s):
Bring the unwrapped gift(s) to church:
After these dates, gifts can be dropped off on Monday, December 9th or Tuesday, December 10th from 10 am – 4 pm or Wednesday, December 11th from 10 am – 1 pm at our Holiday Program Site: Asbury Church, 4743 East Avenue, Livermore, CA 94550.
Thank you for your generous consideration.
Our Giving Tree becomes the Jesse Tree
A Jesse Tree for the Home
A Jesse Tree is a special tree that may be set up in the home during the Advent Season. A small evergreen or a branch from any tree may be used. The type of tree is not important. What is important is the special type of decorations which are made to hang on it. These change an ordinary tree into a Jesse Tree.
The Jesse Tree is named for an Old Testament person named Jesse. Jesse had a son named David who was chosen by God to serve as King of Israel. David was the first member of a new royal family which ruled over Israel for many years.
Many years after Jesse lived, Matthew and Luke said that Jesus was born into this royal family. They wrote that Jesse, David, and their children and grandchildren were ancestors of Jesus.
These ancestors, plus all the holy men and women of the Old Testament who inspired them, made up the spiritual background of Jesus. We count all of them as part of Jesus’ family tree. Isaiah the prophet called it a Jesse Tree when he wrote, “There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots.” (Isaiah 11:1)
When we make a Jesse Tree, we remember the family of Jesse and all those people through history who helped prepare the world for the coming of Jesus. We think about one thing which will help us recall each person. This is called a symbol. For instance, an ark is a symbol for Noah. A harp makes us think of David playing his harp. A lion is a symbol we can use for Daniel.