Christmas trees from St. Matthew’s Annual Christmas Tree Giveaway; Photo: Phillip Huber

St. Matthew’s will hold its Annual Christmas Tree Event and an Open House at the new church building, 222 M St., SW, on Saturday, Dec. 15 at 1 p.m.

The Christmas Tree Event will be held in the newly opened Courtyard Space, accessed through the gateway located on Delaware Ave. Trees are free to those who cannot afford them, or those who are able may make a donation to St. Matthew’s to support the soon-to-form Southwest Youth and Children’s Choir. Those who would like a Christmas tree should email office@stmatthewsdc.org or call 202-484-3189 to make a reservation. Those with a reservation can pick up their tree from 1-2 p.m. and those without a reservation can receive a tree, if any are left, after this time.

The Open House will be held from 1-3 p.m., featuring hot beverages, refreshments and tours of the new building. The tour will include the sanctuary space, the new community space for meetings and events, and the magnificent northeast elliptical wall that allows sunlight to trace along its path throughout the day.

The First Worship Service in the new building will be a festive Service of Lessons, Carols and Communion beginning at 7 p.m. on Christmas Eve, Monday, Dec. 24. The Congregation is also pleased to announce its newly formed Shared Ministry with First Trinity Lutheran Church, at 501 4th St., NW, moving to a ministry of “One Mission—Two Locations.” St. Matthew’s and First Trinity will share resources, staff, programming and outreach.

Northeast Sanctuary Wall at 2 p.m. in October, at St. Matthew’s; Photo: Phillip Huber

The Fellowship Hall at St. Matthew’s; Photo: Phillip Huber

By Rev. Phillip C. Huber

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