HUMBOLDT - More than 35,000 lights twinkle at Faith United Methodist Church as trees fill the halls, meeting rooms, chapel and sanctuary.
Faith UMC is celebrating its 22nd year of the annual Trees of Christmas with more than 100 trees and other displays that will be on view until after Christmas.
"We at Faith United Methodist Church have been so blessed to have so many volunteers from the community to help with the annual Trees of Christmas program. From children to adults, everyone gets involved in putting up their special trees. Our hope is that it provides enjoyment to those who come and visit and share with us in this annual event. But more importantly we hope that it honors God by sharing the wonderful love of Christ through the message of each Christmas tree," said David Hobbs, assistant pastor.
Event planning is ongoing all year, and the event is coordinated and scheduled down to the minute. The trees are set up and decorated the week of Thanksgiving, and everything is ready for the worship services on the first Sunday of Advent. Taking down the trees will begin Dec. 29 and takes a few days, said LuAnn Johnson, who became coordinator of the display two years ago.
Decorating is done by a large group of volunteers from the community, and many of them serve as hosts during the event. On Wednesdays, soup is served in the church's decorated Morehouse Hall.
About 90 percent of the trees belong to the church. Groups, businesses and individuals are invited to decorate the trees. Some do it for advertising, but the majority do it just to celebrate the season, Johnson said. Some people who have never been involved in the past have already inquired about doing a tree next year, she said.
If you go:
What: 22nd Annual Faith United Methodist Church Trees of Christmas
Where: 311 First Ave. N., Humboldt
When: 8 a.m to 8 p.m. daily through Dec. 28
Large groups contact the church office, 332-2083
Cost: No charge
About Faith UMC: Faith United Methodist Church has 1,450 members and is the sixth largest United Methodist Church in the state and the largest in a rural setting. In addition to Humboldt it has congregations in Rutland, Bradgate, Gilmore City, and Livermore. The first congregation was established in the 1860's when circuit rider preachers moved throughout the area. The current sanctuary in Humboldt was built in 1981.
Contact Robert Wolf at (515) 573-2141 or firstname.lastname@example.org