Tree of Angels | Live Nativity | Christmas for Homeless and Lonely | Community Brunch | Community Workshops | Center of Life | Spooky Wells | PPISD Mission | Emergency Fund Assitance | Prescription Drug Assitance Program | Community Resourses
Tree of Angels
"In 1991, the Tree of Angels was initiated in Austin, Texas by Verna Lee, Executive Advisor of People Against Violent Crime, to recognize that the holiday season is a difficult time for victims and their families. This special event in December honors surviving victims of violent crime and victims' families by making it possible for loved ones to bring an Angel to place on a special Christmas tree. It is our hope that the Tree of Angels allows us to remember, include and support victims of crime. These innocent victims are a part of our lives and a part of the community. Since its inception, the Tree of Angels has become a memorable tradition observed in many Texas communities." http://www.peopleagainstviolentcrime.org
First Christian Church hosted the Tree of Angels in 2017 and 2018. Pastor Brian was the keynote speaker for the 2018 ceremony, where he spoke about the tragic loss of his sister, Sherri, and the impact it has had on his family and personal life. Families, whose loved ones are represented on the Tree of Angels, are welcome to visit the tree as they need. The Tree of Angels is put up the day prior to the ceremony and put away after the Christmas holiday. The Palo Pinto District Attorneys office is the POC for the ceremony.
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The Live Nativity has been a recent tradition in the life of the church. In 2018, we changed the format of our nativity so we can share the story of Christ's birth in an more experiential and meaningful fashion.
The nativity is presented in two "shows." The times of the shows are 6:15 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. During each show, the scriptures are read, the characters come out and fill in the scene, music is heard and sung. Once all the characters are present, there is a brief meditation and time to take pictures or just take it in. The characters will exit and the show concludes so everyone can pet and feed the animals (goats, cow, donkey, and camel), visit with the characters, and consume cookies and hot chocolate. Each show lasts about 40-45 minutes. People may drive by to view the scene; however, getting out and experiencing is strongly suggested.
Community members are welcome to participate in the pageant (look for announcements on Facebook). There is no cost or obligation to attend; however, canned foods and warm used clothing donations are welcome. All donations will go to the Center of Life.
The Live Nativity is presented on the second Saturday of December in the park in front of the church.
The Christmas Brunch for the Homeless and Lonely began to remind us of what Christmas is truly about - God coming to heal the sick, feed the hungry, set free the captives, and gather the lonely and outcast. We want to reinforce Christ's teaching that sharing Christ's love is more important than receiving gifts. Christmas morning, we open the doors to serve those who desire a hot breakfast and enjoy some company and warmth. We recently expanded our service to include take-out for those families living in emergency housing and those who are disabled and cannot walk or drive to the church (living within 10 miles of the church). Volunteers from the congregation and community come to cook, clean, package, deliver and visit.
If you would like to help, please contact us between November 1 and December 24. This ministry grew 700% this year, and we hope to continue to grow in years to come.
Our menu includes buttermilk pancakes, bacon, scrambled eggs, biscuits and gravy, orange juice, milk, and coffee. Those who dine in can eat as much as they want. Take-out orders are limited servings and must be ordered by 10:30 a.m. on Christmas. We also pass out stockings filled with toiletries, socks, washcloths, fresh apples and oranges, and hard candy.
To create better relationships with our neighbors, we are planning Community Meals in 2019. As soon as we set our calendar, we will share on this site and on social media.
The Grief Support Ministry began in 2016 and has been successful in helping individuals navigate their grief. Pastor Brian facilitates this group with compassion and active listening. If individual counseling is needed, an assessment of your needs will be made and appropriate referrals will be offered. This is not a faith-based program. Faith is one of many coping tools.
The support group will meet on Thursdays, at Boyce Ditto Public Library in Mineral Wells, from noon to 1 p.m. Contact the church office for more information and sign-up.
We moved our food pantry to Mineral Wells Center of Life in 2016. Our ministry outgrew our capacity to serve those in need and we were pleased the Center of Life continues this ministry. We refer all assistance requests to the Center of Life since our outreach donations primarily go to them to serve local needs. There are specific requirements that need to be met to recieve some kinds of assistance. We appreciate this community partnership in serving those in need in Mineral Wells.
Chamber of Commerce Community Events
In 2018, the first Spooky Wells Festival, put on by the Mineral Wells Chamber of Commerce, gathered local businesses and agencies to celebrate Halloween. Our church participates in the Trunk-or-Treat and Game Booth venues, to share in the fun and meet new people. Stop by our booth this coming Halloween - games for children up to 17 years old, a drawing for a 10-lbs Candy Basket, and goodies for the family.
Public School Ministry
We adopted Palo Pinto Elementary School to support the staff, teachers, and students. We donate teacher supplies twice a year to help offset out-of-pocket expenses for teachers. We also answer the call to assist the PTO for any programs and projects where they may need additional hands. Other projects will come up as we build our relationship with them.
Pastor Brian is a member of the Pastors for Texas Children. PTC advocates for public education through faith and political advocacy.
Our emergency funds are extremely limited at this time. Needs are high in Mineral Wells.
Pastor's Fund Policy
The Pastor's Fund policy establishes guidelines to evaluate, assist, and follow-up with individuals and families in emergency situations:
Active members of the church will have first access to these funds. Non-active members and non-members will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
Funds will only be distributed if funds exist in the Pastor's Fund.
Assistance may only be given if the individual or family has been denied funds by the Center of Life or other helping agencies (please call other agencies first - we will need their name and number to verify).
Bills, rent, and shelter needs are paid directly to the company. Grocery assistance will be given in a prepaid card. Medical funds will be paid directly to agency.
Prescription Drug Assistance Program
We give part of our tythes and offerings to what is commonly refered to as the Prescription Drug Assistance Program. It is actually the Medication Assistance County Assistance Program (CAPS) located on the first floor of Palo Pinto General Hospital. Call 940-328-6578 for information and assistance. Not eligible if receiving Medicaid/Medicare.
First Christian Church(Disciples of Christ)302 NW 6th StreetMineral Wells, Texas 76067phone: 940-325-4277