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Faith in Focus: Tree program for military families spreads holiday cheer

A soldier carries off a Christmas tree last year as part of the the Wake Forest Baptist Church Tree Angels for NC Troops program.
A soldier carries off a Christmas tree last year as part of the the Wake Forest Baptist Church Tree Angels for NC Troops program. COURTESY OF WAKE FOREST BAPTIST CHURCH

There may be a pumpkin on your front porch, but it’s not too early to think about spreading some Christmas cheer.

For the eighth holiday season in a row, Wake Forest Baptist Church is partnering with the 82nd Airborne Division of the U.S. Army to provide Christmas trees for military families with a loved one overseas.

The Tree Angels for NC Troops program distributed 90 Christmas trees last year. Organizers say buying a quality live tree can be a big expense for a military family.

Through the program, anyone can pay $55 to sponsor a Fraser fir, and Wake Forest Baptist will make sure the tree is delivered. The trees come from the lot the church operates every year as a fundraiser for its youth group.

“This project not only benefits and blesses the servicemen and women, it also benefits the youth of the community, because profits realized are all directed to supporting our youth group in underwriting the cost of mission trips and other key activities,” said Dave Shannon, team leader of Tree Angels for NC Troops.

Shannon said it is the kind of effort that truly makes a difference during the holiday season.

“Some of my best memories at this event is when a family brings children and they joyfully run around the trees deciding which one they want,” he said.

To participate in the program, call Wake Forest Baptist Church at 919-556-5141 or email Shannon at uuc8956@embarqmail.com.

Holiday bazaar

Highland United Methodist Church will host a holiday bazaar to raise money for a Habitat for Humanity project.

Highland typically builds a Habitat house every other year, and the money raised at this year’s bazaar will help fund a home that will be built in Wake County this spring. Highland is partnering with Raleigh’s Christ Episcopal Church for this house.

The bazaar will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, at Bradley Hall on the Highland Campus at 1901 Ridge Road, Raleigh. Vendors will sell items such as pottery, knitted goods, jewelry, stained glass, paper products and Christmas decorations.

Fall festivals


St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church

will host Trunk or Treat from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29, at 7506 Falls of Neuse Road, Raleigh. There will be a costume parade, and treats will be distributed from car trunks. Hot dogs and chips will be sold to benefit the mission work of the church’s youth group, and there will also be a food truck on site. To attend, donate a non-perishable food item for North Raleigh Ministries.


Celebration Church

will host a fall festival beginning at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31, at 8700 Capital Blvd., Raleigh. The festival includes food, games, music, fire trucks, inflatables, puppet shows, a petting zoo and a bonfire. Admission is free, but there is a competition between individuals and small groups to bring the most non-perishable food to the church’s food pantry.


Victory Church

will host a festival from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31, at 2835 S. Wilmington St., Raleigh. There will be inflatables and rides, face painting, door prizes, an illusionist and hot dogs, chips and drinks. Admission is free. Costumes are welcome, but no masks are allowed.


Asbury United Methodist Church

will celebrate its “Falleluia” fall festival from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2, at 6612 Creedmoor Road, Raleigh. The festival includes a moon bounce, games, cotton candy, popcorn, a cake walk and hayrides. Admission is free, and costumes are welcome.

Carla Turchetti compiles Faith in Focus each week. Email her with details of upcoming events at carla.turchetti.writer@gmail.com.