Advent Family Night

Please bring your family to the Great Room on November 15 from 4:30-6:00 pm, to create a bundle of Jesse Tree ornaments.

Jesse Trees are a very old Christmas Tradition and first started in medieval times. They are used to help tell the story of the Bible from creation to the Christmas Story.

The name comes from Jesse who was the Father of King David. One prophecy in the bible, in the book of Isaiah, says:

1 A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit. 
2 The Spirit of the LORD will rest on him– the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of power, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD– 
3 and he will delight in the fear of the LORD. He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes, or decide by what he hears with his ears; 
4 but with righteousness he will judge the needy, with justice he will give decisions for the poor of the earth. 
Isaiah 11:1-4 (NIV)

A branch is a sign of new life and new beginnings. Jesus was a decedent of King David, and Christians believe that Jesus is this new branch. Each day in December you read a selected passage of Scripture, and someone in your family finds the ornament with the matching symbol. You hang that ornament on your Jesse tree (usually a branch or jar full of sticks) until each ornament is found and hung on the tree.  You make 25 ornaments and receive a children’s book narrating the story of the Jesse Tree.

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