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Christmas Tree Sale Proceeds Benefit Youth Mission Trip

Trip with Next Step Ministries this summer to Lexington, SC will assist families struggling with poverty, physical limitations and deteriorating homes.

George Germano, Stephen Baymack, James Rumsey and Tim Alford sell Christmas trees.
George Germano, Stephen Baymack, James Rumsey and Tim Alford sell Christmas trees.
Garden City Community Church's 27th annual Christmas Tree/ Bake Sale took place in December. Buyers from all over came to buy the perfect live Christmas tree, bakery goodies and items from vendors Jan Raskopf Peterson (Tastefully Simple); Helaine Katz (Tupperware) and Tricia Kosiczky (Origami Owl Jewelry).

The hit band Brass Confusion with Bob Townsend, Bill Volz, Rick Herbst, Tim Martens, Packy Bunn and Dave Butler played festive Christmas carols.

Tree sale proceeds benefit the youth mission trip with Next Step Ministries this summer when 42 youth and adults will be traveling to Lexington, SC to assist families struggling with poverty, physical limitations and deteriorating homes. 

Funds from the bake sale were donated to the Commack-based Marty Lyons Foundation. After a series of personal events that altered his life, football star Marty Lyons established this foundation with the encouragement of family and friends, including another former New York Jet, Ken Schroy, a member of Garden City Community Church.

The foundation is a not-for-profit which grants wishes to children aged 3 to 17 who have been diagnosed with terminal or life-threatening illnesses. What makes the foundation unique is that it will consider granting a second wish to a deserving child. For more information, visit www.martylyonsfoundation.org or call 631-543-9474.

"We feel it is necessary to raise funds for the mission trip, and at the same time, provide a service for a local project as well,"  said Rev. Lynn Sullivan, GCCC associate minister. "Marty Lyons Foundation helps children and families in our area dealing with a life-threatening illness daily, and to let them know they are not alone, is important to us."

Garden City Community Church is located at the corner of Stewart Avenue and Whitehall Boulevard. It is an “Open & Affirming” congregation of the United Church of Christ (Protestant), so no matter who you are, or where you are on life’s journey all are welcome. Call 746-1700, e-mail ChurchOffice@GardenCityCommunityChurch.org or visit www.GardenCityCommunityChurch.org for more information.