The Giving Tree: In-Person and Virtual

The Giving Tree, a CPC Christmas tradition, is underway. The Giving Tree is an opportunity for CPC members and friends to give Christmas gifts to those in need. A physical tree with ornaments detailing your options will be by the fireplace in the Gathering Area, and here on the CPC website. Options for giving cover four of our mission partners: Mendota Elementary School in Madison, Fairhaven School for children with disabilities in Egypt, Urban Mosaic in Mexico City, and Luke House in Madison. A summary of each ministry follows, along with detail on how to give for each.

Mendota Elementary School: Wish List Gifts for Children and Families

Mendota SchoolMendota Elementary school on Madison’s north side is a neighborhood school representing a broad range of social, economic, cultural, and racial diversity. Mendota is also a Title 1 school, and 65% of its students are eligible for free or reduced-cost meals. As a Community School, Mendota builds on the assets of the community to help serve the identified needs of Mendota Scholars, families and community through well integrated and coordinated, strategic partnerships.

CPC has a long-term relationship with Mendota, through the district’s Adopt-a-School program. We work with them mainly through tutoring (suspended due to the pandemic), Undie Sunday and the giving tree. We will again buy wish list items for a few of the children and their families.

To Give to Mendota Elementary School
Stop by the church before or after a Sunday service and visit the giving tree; it’s in the Gathering Area by the fireplace. Choose an ornament from the tree for a specific wish list item. Or select an item online here. Please put your wrapped gift under the tree on or before Sunday, December 19th. We’ll also have a donation box in the church office, which is usually open normal business hours Monday through Thursday (call first). For questions-email Mary at dmstrait@charter.net.

Fairhaven School

Fairhaven School in Egypt: Funds for School Fees

Fairhaven School is a ministry of El Saray Church, a Presbyterian congregation in Alexandria, Egypt. Fairhaven provides educational and life-skills training for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. These students range in age from pre-K to young adult, and they represent a range of socio-economic and religious backgrounds. Christ Presbyterian Church’s relationship with Saray Church extends back 30 years.

Fairhaven presently faces exceptional financial challenges due to:

  • enrollment reduction to accommodate COVID-19 physical distancing precautions
  • increases in operating costs due to inflation and Egypt’s struggling economy
  • numerous Fairhaven families can no longer afford the school’s tuition fees due to unprecedented pandemic-related economic hardship
  • CPC donations will fund tuition fees for families who cannot afford to pay. Estimated tuition is $600 per year.

To Donate to Fairhaven Scholarships
Write a check of any amount to Christ Presbyterian Church, designating Giving Tree – Egypt in the memo line. Checks can be mailed to the church office, placed in the offering on Sunday mornings or placed in the box under the Giving Tree through Sunday, December 26th. Or give online here, select Fairhaven from the “Fund” dropdown menu.

Urban Mosaic in Mexico City: Food, Water, Security and Soccer!

Urban MosaicUrban Mosaic in Mexico City works with local churches and other established groups to help families with physical, developmental, and educational needs. To learn more about Urban Mosaic, click here. The pandemic and related unemployment makes food security an even great need than usual. Urban Mosaic will use our funds for food, water, security and recreational needs. Here are the costs for each item:

  • $25 - Food security starter kit (laying hens or home garden)
  • $50 - Water tank for local family to improve hygiene and reliable water access
  • $75 - Neighborhood Alarm for 20-home street to impact at 100+ neighbors with increased safety and social connection
  • $150 - Sponsor a youth soccer tournament

To Donate to Urban Mosaic Initiatives
Write a check of any amount to Christ Presbyterian Church, designating Giving Tree – Urban Mosaic in the memo line. Checks can be mailed to the church office, placed in the offering on Sunday mornings or placed in the box under the Giving Tree up Tree through Sunday, December 26th. Or give online here, select Urban Mosaic from the “Fund” dropdown menu.

Luke House in Madison: Winter Hats and Gloves

Luke HouseLuke House serves free meals nine times a week to the hungry people of Madison. Volunteers from Madison-area churches provide, prepare, and serve each of the meals. The volunteers also sit down and eat with the guests — this provides a sense of community and fellowship, and it’s one of the things that makes Luke House special. Thirty-plus area churches serve meals for 60-120 people per meal. Christ Pres covers the 3rd Monday of each month; we’ve been doing this since 1990. CPC’s Matt Rogge, Luke House director, is asking for donations of adult winter hats and gloves.

To GIve to Luke House Clients
Please bring new adult hats and gloves to the Giving Tree (in the Gathering Area by the fireplace) before or after Sunday service. We’ll also have a donation box in the church office, which is usually open normal business hours 9am-4pm Monday through Thursday (call first). Donations do not need to be gift wrapped.