Local Christmas Tree Stand Has Heart

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Quaker Lane Church Adds Festivities to Annual Tree Sale Dec 2-3

For over 20 years, the Church of Saint Clement, an Episcopal church in Alexandria, Virginia, has sold Christmas trees to the local community. This year, the church is adding new festivities with a bake sale, extended hours for its thrift and gift shop, caroling, a photo backdrop, and free hot cocoa during its Christmas Cheer Weekend on December 2 and 3.

“Saint Clement is a small church that has so much love for the community. Our motto is to Spread the Word of God, Share the Love of God, and Serve the People of God, and we partner with many community organizations to do good for our neighbors right here in Alexandria. We provide meals to the homeless and less fortunate, organize school supply and toy drives for local children, and our sanctuary serves as an overflow shelter for the homeless during the cold winter months,” says Reverend Robin Razzino, the Priest-in-Charge of the church. “This Christmas tree stand is one of our major sources of income during the year. Funds from tree sales keep us going all year long.”

The small but passionate congregation averages under 70 people on a Sunday, so the annual Christmas tree sale is quite an undertaking, with nearly every member pitching in one way or another. This year’s expanded festivities are part of a new wave of activity at the church. “It’s such an exciting time at Saint Clement. The parishioners are energized and many new households have joined the church over the last year,” Rev. Razzino continued.

The Church of Saint Clement, located at 1701 North Quaker Lane, was founded in 1943 to serve the Fairlington and Parkfairfax neighborhoods, though members today come from as far away as Lorton to worship with friends old and new. The Christmas Cheer Weekend is Saturday, December 2 from 10 am – 6 pm and Sunday, December 3 from 11 am – 5 pm. The tree stand will be open subsequent weekends until they sell out of trees.

For more information, visit saintclement.org and facebook.com/Church.of.Saint.Clement.