Angel Tree —Prison Fellowship Program

Christmas tree with a small angel on top and the words Angel Tree

Dur­ing the Advent Sea­son, these peo­ple orga­nize the names that go up on the Christ­mas tree in the Narthex.  After the Angel Tree gifts have been pur­chased, wrapped and returned to the church, they dis­trib­ute the pack­ages to the needy chil­dren.

Deadline for Returning Gifts

 

Mount Olive Christmas Tradition

Mt. Olive has par­tic­i­pat­ed in this noble min­istry for sev­er­al years.

Each year dur­ing the Christ­mas sea­son Mt. Olive Luther­an Church dis­plays a tree in the Narthex dec­o­rat­ed with paper forms shaped like Christ­mas trees that con­tain the infor­ma­tion about a young child’s wish­es for Christ­mas gifts, and a brief mes­sage from the par­ent who is in prison. We take a paper tree with the infor­ma­tion and then attach it to the out­side of a wrapped gift that is deliv­ered by vol­un­teers before Christ­mas Day.

 

Angel outline in white surrounded by red and the words "Angel Tree Program of Prison Fellowship."

EVERY CHILD HAS A STORY

For 2.7 mil­lion chil­dren in the U.S., that sto­ry may be filled with the aban­don­ment, lone­li­ness, and shame that come from hav­ing a mom or dad in prison. For many, it may also include fol­low­ing their par­ents down the same destruc­tive road to incar­cer­a­tion. Angel Tree®, a pro­gram of Prison Fel­low­ship, reach­es out to the chil­dren of pris­on­ers and their fam­i­lies with the love of Christ. This unique pro­gram gives you an oppor­tu­ni­ty to share God’s love by help­ing to meet the phys­i­cal, emo­tion­al, and spir­i­tu­al needs of the fam­i­lies of pris­on­ers.Green Christmas tree design with white stars on the tree and yellow stars around it and the words

 

HELPING CHILDREN FOR OVER 30 YEARS

Found­ed in 1982 by an ex-pris­on­er who wit­nessed first­hand the strained rela­tion­ship between pris­on­ers and their chil­dren, Angel Tree has grown to become the largest nation­al out­reach specif­i­cal­ly for the chil­dren of pris­on­ers.

 

 

One prisoner’s sto­ry:

Shane

gets anoth­er chance at being a father

It was dur­ing Shane’s sec­ond prison term that he enrolled in the Prison Fel­low­ship Acad­e­my® and ful­ly sur­ren­dered to Christ. After find­ing his redemp­tion behind bars, Shane began to see his life restored by Christ as he took own­er­ship of his choic­es. He was final­ly on the track to recov­ery. Still, he won­dered if his fam­i­ly would be wait­ing to meet him at the fin­ish line.

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