Episcopal Church taking orders for live trees

By: 
DONNA SUMMERALL
Staff Writer

Father Randy Sellers of the Episcopal Church of the Incarnation, noticed during the previous year, there is nowhere in West Point to buy live Christmas trees. He thought allowing people to order live trees from the farm in North Carolina where the church procures greenery would be a nice way to fundraise for the church's youth department.

"I was pretty taken aback when I was told there was nowhere in town to buy live trees," Sellers said. "The ones at the big box stores have been cut for months before they are shipped to be sold. They don't have that same fresh smell."

Sellers got in touch with the same group the church has been purchasing the fresh, Christmas greenery from and they also offered live trees.
"We were a little late announcing this," Sellers said. "We have to have all orders and payments in by tomorrow. But anyone who has bought greenery, wreaths garlands and poinsettias in previous years, knows how nice those are. We are selling Frazer Fir trees from the same people."

The Frazer Fir trees are premium grade, heavy density, good color, nice top, and free of any noticeable defects. All will be freshly cut and shipped directly to the church for pick up.
Trees 7-8 feet tall are $75, 8-9 feet tall are $95 and 9-10 feet tall are $105.
"If someone wants one bigger than those listed, call me and I'll work with the grower to see what we can do," Sellers said. "But the cost really starts to go up then."

The trees will be available for pick up, Saturday, Dec. 5, the first Saturday after Thanksgiving, at the church from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m..
"We got a late start on doing this and getting the word out," Sellers said. "But this is our first year to offer the live trees. We hope everything will be back to normal next year. But this is a win, win, win. It allows the community to buy fresh, live trees, it gets the church out there and it benefits the youth."

The annual greenery sale is also going on concurrently, all orders and payments must be in by Friday, Sept. 25. This includes greenery, wreaths garlands and poinsettias.
"We won't have our in-person sale this year, due to COVID-19," Kristen Stevens said. "So everything is by pre-order only. This is our eighteenth year to sell garlands and wreaths, and our third year for poinsettias."
The annual greenery sale proceeds go to the Episcopal Church's Women's Group for projects.

The Episcopal Church of the Incarnation is still offering services online, but they have expanded their in-person services to include Saturday at 5 p.m.
"This service has really taken off," Seller said. "A lot of people are taking advantage of being fed spiritually with a Saturday evening service. We invite everyone to come and join us."
To purchase a Christmas Tree, please make checks payable to Church of the Incarnation, or pay by Venmo to Randy Sellers account: Randal-Sellers-1.

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