For ten years now, Trinity has been involved in a project called Trinity Shares Christmas (TSC), and over those ten years it has become a much-loved tradition, enabling Trinity members to share Christmas with families who might have some trouble finding joy in the holiday season. One facet of TSC is partnering with Angel Tree Ministries in order to help parents who are incarcerated and who want to stay in communication with, and give gifts to, their children. The other facet is reaching out to our own Trinity families who find themselves in need at Christmas. TSC served 12 families – 37 children – this year. Read more here.
Just this month, we received a letter of thanks from a prisoner whose family received gifts and food through our Trinity Shares Christmas – Angel Tree program. His letter started out with:
Dear Trinity Lutheran Church,
Your blessing to my family of love came because today I know Christ is the center of your whole congregation.
He went on to say that his children and family were blessed through our participation in Angel Tree “which I thank you for your prayers and love to others as our Savior said, Verily I say unto you, inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” His daughter told him that Jesus gave her a gift from him and that she loves Jesus, which really touched him. His letter closed with hearts and this lovely blessing:
May God bless you all and allow many blessings to all, and Pastor thank you for allowing the Angel Tree to be part of your church and to those who bless my family I pray for showers of blessing, know that Trinity Lutheran Church today has a very special place in the eyes of our Lord Jesus Christ Jesus, the Savior of the world.
An objective of the Angel Tree program is to bridge the gap between incarcerated parents and their children and to keep them in communication with each other while showing the love of Jesus – how wonderful to hear that it is working!