Friday, November 17, 2017

Windham Hill United Church of Christ’s Festival of Trees to benefit their Mission Program

A Christmas Festival of Trees will be held at Fellowship Hall, Windham Hill United Church of Christ, 140 Windham Center Road in Windham from Friday, December 1 to Sunday, December 3, 2017.

There will be up to 20 decorated Christmas trees with lights and gifts, each one donated by a local business or individual.

This is a new event for the community of Windham and is a showcase for local merchants and organizations as well as being a fundraiser for Windham Hill United Church of Christ - the founding church of Windham and a historic landmark for the town. 

The Festival hours on Friday, December 1 will be 2 p.m. until 8 p.m. Hours on Saturday, December 2 are 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. and Sunday, December 3 from noon until 4 p.m. The Grand Drawing of Winners will be at 4:00 on Sunday.
Fellowship Hall will be decorated for the Holiday Season and refreshments will be available. 

Visitors will walk through a Winter Wonderland of trees, viewing them from many sides to see the decorations and gifts under the trees. The donor business of each tree will decorate the tree and then put gifts on and around the tree; many from their store or organization. Winners will receive the tree
itself, with its lights and ornaments, all of the gifts on the tree, and all of the gifts under the tree. 

Admission to the Festival of Trees is free; everyone is welcome to visit to see these beautiful trees and the products from our local restaurants, gifts stores, specialty companies, automotive businesses and construction companies. Bob Turner, Chair of the Festival of Trees says, “Raffle tickets will be available for sale so that the viewers may enter their tickets in the hopes of winning a beautiful tree.

There will be tickets on sale for 50 cents each or 10 for $5. 

A bucket will be in front of each display. One ticket will be drawn for each tree at 4 p.m. on Sunday afternoon. Each tree's winner gets to take it home, fully decorated and all ready for the holidays.” The winners will be called and will need to claim their trees and gifts by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, December 5th.
This event is a fundraising activity of Windham Hill United Church of Christ to benefit their mission program; local, national and international missions including: Heifer International, the Root Cellar, Windham Food Pantry, the Backpack Program of the Windham Schools, H.O.M.E. Co-op in Orland, Maine, Church World Service, SERRV, and many other organizations. Funds will also benefit continued maintenance and programming for this church which hosts Food and Fellowship’s Monday Meals, Boy Scout Troop 51, Windham Lion’s Club, and currently is hosting the programs of the Windham Public Library during its renovations. 

Windham Hill United Church of Christ is an open and affirming church, welcoming all who would come. The church was founded in 1743 and has been central to the life of Windham throughout Windham’s history as a town.

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