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A joyful season

Posted November 27, 2013 in Altoona, Community Featured
The Altoona United Methodist Church is located at 602 Fifth Ave. S.W.

The Altoona United Methodist Church is located at 602 Fifth Ave. S.W.

The Altoona Methodist Church is up to its steeple in Christmastime traditions and charities, including the Joy Boxes food pantry donations and poinsettia sales.

But the stars of the season are the children, as they have been working hard since early November to bring Christmas celebration attendees two special musical performances this year on Dec. 15 and Dec. 24.

“Here at AUMC we look forward to celebrating the upcoming season with the good news that Christ came to be with us, to understand us and bring joy to the world,” says Steve McLellan in the November church newsletter.

For more information on any music ministry, contact McLellan at or 967-2991.

The church is also offering kids an opportunity to help other kids this season of giving by participating in a collection of items needed for Hope Ministries. Items to be collected include facial tissue, laundry/dish soap, paper towels, Pre-K workbooks, elementary reading prizes (i.e. toys, puzzles, games), Christian CDs, molding clay or jewelry-making kits for teens

All donations can be dropped off in Sunday school/midweek classrooms or the office by Dec. 8.

As mentioned, Joy Boxes are charitable Christmastime traditions among the AUMC family. They are given to the local food pantry, Caring Hands, to be distributed to those in need during the holiday season.

This year, the program is being extended by request as a new Easter practice, too, due to bare shelves brought by spring awakenings. The Easter season Joy Boxes will still be wrapped in Christmas paper, as the birth and resurrection of Christ are connected. Empty Joy Boxes will be available for volunteers to fill in early March 2014.

Nothing says the holiday season quite like poinsettias. The AUMC is selling them for $8 each in hopes to have a Christmas Eve service filled to the red-velvety brim. Envelope order forms are available at the Welcome Center and may be deposited with cash or checks (payable to AUMC) in the designation box. They may be picked up after the Christmas Eve Service.

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