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Christmas Tree Decorating Ministry Annual Report January 2011


The church proper was decorated, taking two afternoons to complete. The packed ornaments from last year suffered some breakage, and the faux greens and faux white branches are more than showing their wear and tear. Some of the branches were "pieced" together for this season. Per the okay of Luba Johnson, Dave and I purchased some new needed items -- a storage box especially designed for holding glass ornaments, two new extension cords, some wood stain sticks for "fixing" the iconstasis' "chips and bruises", a remote control for the tree lights, and a new star for the top of the tree. (The star is our gift to the parish.) Dave noted that although the parish had a new outlet put in to the floor (for the purpose of the Christmas tree, etc.), the plug for the Christmas tree lights still poked up out of the hole and even when taped down, created a bump which could easily be tripped over or worse, kicked out, causing the lights to disconnect. Therefore, Dave bought a special flat extension cord which dips into the hole, which eliminates the possibility of a problem here. The cord was taped down to the carpet, and the tree is now operated by a remote control, which is kept on the window sill. The plug and tape do not need to be removed until the tree is taken down. This new setup will make it safer for anyone who has to walk around the tree -- alter servers, deacons, the priest, or parishioners going to confession. After a discussion with Father Andrew, Dave and I agreed to try setting up the smaller tree in the church hall. We will try to complete this sometime very soon, depending on our schedule. Dave and I were glad to do the tree and enjoyed our time in the church together. We expressed our willingness to continue to help doing the tree next year, and I will look for some new decorations for the church. The parishioners of St. Luke seemed very pleased by the tree and decorations, as expressed on Sunday. It was a pleasure to decorate the church for the Nativity season!