Christmas Tree Lane Raises $5,500+ for Charity

Christmas Tree Lane, Presbyterian Women’s first major event in the First Presbyterian Church’s new Center for Christian Life, was held Saturday, November 17. Eager shoppers lined up before the 9:00 am opening to find holiday bargains, homemade Christmas cookies, handmade treasures, one-of-a-kind art and jewelry, and creative crafts.

Thanks to the participation of community and church members, the event raised more than $5,500 for local charities and mission projects, including Harvest Food and Outreach Center, Our Father’s Table Soup Kitchen, Safespace, Shining Light Garden Foundation, and The Source in Indian River County. Special thanks also go to the Presbyterian Men who helped make the event a success. Mike Kettering, Ric Wetzig, Charlie Harvin, Paul Ives, and Peter Peck staffed Christmas Tree Lane shops during lunch so all Presbyterian Women could attend the holiday luncheon, and Jerry Garrett operated the audio-visual system for the lunchtime entertainment.

More than 175 women attended the delicious luncheon catered by Culinary Capers and enjoyed entertainment by Jacob Craig, the church’s new Director of Music. Becky Stewart, PW moderator, and Judy Wetzig co-chaired the event, a Vero Beach tradition since 1954.

Presbyterian Women also coordinated the church’s Operation Christmas Child project this year. The congregation sent 160 boxes filled with toys and personal items from the church to children in the United States and around the world who would otherwise receive no presents for Christmas. Operation Christmas Child is sponsored by Samaritan’s Purse.

Presbyterian Women is an active, independent, self-sufficient organization of women within Vero’s First Presbyterian Church. For further information about Presbyterian Women, contact or call the church office at 772-562-9088.