By Hannah Wright Osborn and Pastor Philip Huber

Courtesy of St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church

Continuing the tradition of giving out Christmas Trees and celebrating good tidings with the Southwest community, St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church is excited to host this year’s annual Christmas tree giveaway in its brand-new building. Construction is over, the new church is open and the community is welcome! 

On Saturday, Dec. 14, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church will have trees available for families and friends in the Southwest community who need a Christmas tree this holiday season! Those who would like to receive a Christmas tree please email (, or call (202-800-4600) to make a reservation. Those with a reservation can pick up their tree from 10-11 a.m., and those without a reservation can receive a tree, if any are left, after this time.

The trees will be set up in the beautiful new courtyard shared by St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church and the adjoining Valo apartment complex. We are planning for the much-anticipated Sacred Grounds Café to be open, serving up cups of holiday cheer and good will. The church will be open for all to explore the new space if they have not yet had the chance to see it. We will be celebrating the Christmas season with evergreen trees, holiday treats, special live Christmas music, and a lively community – please join us! 

In the event that there is rain, St. Matthew’s will give away trees from its garage, also via Delaware Ave. SW. The garage door will be open, and cars can drive through and park in a designated St. Matthew’s parking space while they pick out their tree. Good tidings will still be had indoors in the church, with access from the garage. Holiday refreshments will be served with Christmas music everywhere.

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