The 15th Annual NoHo FUMC Tree Lot Opens with Record Start!

Norman Kelsey and Perceval working the 15th Annual NoHo FUMC tree lot. Mr. Kelsey and his wife, Patty, started attending NoHo FUMC after buying a tree from the lot. Perceval is from a rescue shelter that is supported by some of the net proceeds provided by the lot.

Norman Kelsey and Perceval working the 15th Annual NoHo FUMC tree lot. Mr. Kelsey and his wife, Patty, started attending NoHo FUMC after buying a tree from the lot. Perceval is from a rescue shelter that is supported by some of the net proceeds provided by the lot.

The 15th Annual NoHo FUMC Tree Lot opened with record-breaking participation. While it may appear to be just another Christmas tree lot with wreaths, mistletoe, Noble and Douglas Firs, some very important characteristics differentiate the North Hollywood First United Methodist Church Tree Lot from many others.

  1. It’s an all-volunteer run operation.
  2. Net proceeds go to a multitude of programs and agencies dedicated to helping those in need.
  3. As a complimentary service, trees can be secured to the roofs of customer’s vehicles at their request.
  4. For a distance-based fee, trees can be delivered.

As an oasis from the daily, urban rat race, the tree lot helps transport visitors into a relaxing and festive space where good tidings and Christmas trees abound. People on both sides of the hill, folks from the local neighborhood, patrons from the drive-thru Starbucks down the street come as individuals, friends, and families, each looking for something uniquely their own. Whether it’s a couple looking for their first Christmas tree, a family in search of the best branches for hanging their ornaments, or someone longing for the perfectly imperfect Charlie Brown tree, it’s a special gift to partake in their joy and enthusiasm. (The lot runs from 12/1/13-12/22/13.)

Tree lot volunteers enjoy welcoming and communing with the wide range of visitors. It brings them a profound sense of fulfillment. They have the privilege of sharing in many special Christmas moments with Christians and non-Christians, the young and the elderly, the rich and the poor, first-timers and return shoppers. They enjoy hearing fondly told stories of previous experiences from visitors and volunteers alike, and especially like knowing all the goodwill this project spreads across the community.

This will be the fifteenth year that the tree lot has opened its gates to the public, and they enthusiastically look forward to another season serving whoever walks in. Originally founded in 1892, First United Methodist Church of North Hollywood is dedicated to serving the needs of its congregation and community by teaching, exploring, and enjoying life as people of faith. They are Biblical without being boring or bullies. Methodists are the “four-part” warm-heart people, using scripture, tradition, reason, and experience to learn and grow. The UMC motto is “Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors.”

This year will also mark the second round of the NoHo FUMC Christmas Tree Contest. It runs from 12/1/13-12/25/13. Patrons who choose to participate, should decorate the Christmas trees they purchase from NoHo FUMC and then snap a good photo of their pine/fir. They should have a Facebook account, then like facebook.com/nohofumc1 and upload the image of their tree to that page. The picture with the most likes (by 12/26/13 at 12 a.m.) will win a gift receipt to a local merchant.