Faith Lutheran received a couple of offers for Christmas trees this year after someone stole the one in front of the church they had planned to use this holiday season. File photo/Comox Valley Record

Courtenay church receives offers to replace stolen Christmas tree

Faith Lutheran had planned to use a fir tree on its property this season

The season of Advent was about to begin when someone made off with the tree Faith Lutheran Church in Courtenay had planned to cut down for Christmas.

Now, because of some local generosity, the church community will have its Christmas tree this holiday season.

Pastor Tim Rumsch told the Comox Valley Record that Faith Lutheran immediately received a tree from Doveside Christmas Tree Farm in Courtenay, which came forward after the story about the theft broke. The Doveside connection happened in part through a friend of his son.

“We actually had two people offer,” he says. “I’m totally surprised.”

The church also heard from Harold Macy about a tree but already received the Doveside offer. For Rumsch, these acts of generosity from local people serve as a reminder of the meaning of Christmas.

“In a way, it turned out to be a real blessing,” he said.

RELATED STORY: Someone steals Courtenay church’s tree slated for Christmas

Mike Day of Doveside said he was alerted to the story from his son, who saw it online.

“As soon as I heard, I thought, ‘That’s not right,’” he said.

Day, who is Presbyterian, realized the theft would deprive a whole congregation of its tree this holiday season, and for him, the trees are as much about spreading Christmas spirit as they are a business.

“It’s a whole congregation that would’ve been robbed,” he said. “It was the least we could do…. It’s from our congregation to theirs.”

Rumsch says he was surprised by the reaction to the story, as he even received a request for a TV interview. He also heard from his son in Victoria immediately, who had already heard about the news story online. Likewise, the offer of the tree arrived almost instantly. When Rumsch spoke to the newspaper, it was on his Monday off, so he did not expect to come into his office on the Tuesday to find the discover about the donation.

Their fir tree had been stolen over the night of Saturday, Nov. 30, just before Advent began that Sunday. The church had considered cutting down the fir, which had been growing too close to the building, a few days earlier but Rumsch wanted to wait until closer to Christmas.



mike.chouinard@comoxvalleyrecord.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Teen killer Kelly Ellard gets day parole extension allowing up to five days at home

Ellard is serving a life sentence for the 1997 murder of 14-year-old Reena Virk

Fanny’s Lot: gunshots, drug deals, fires and machetes

Fanny Bay residents fed up with problems tied to neighbourhood house, want action taken

VIDEO: Rescued eagle released back into the North Island

The three-year-old female found mired in grease at Mount Waddington landfill recovered with gusto

34 years later, Vancouver Island woman reunited with prized bicycle

Serendipity: Cumberland resident reclaims prized possession from childhood

Editorial: Pointing lasers at aircraft despicable act

The consequences of those actions can be extremely serious

Teachers to get 2 extra days to prepare for students’ return, now set for Sept. 10

Students will first start with orientation and learn rules of COVID-19 classroom policies

Colwood construction site break-in leads police to narcotics, prohibited weapons

33-year-old man charged with break and enter, weapons offences and possession of a controlled substance

Andrew Scheer likely marking last day in House of Commons as Opposition leader

Today’s Commons sitting is one of two scheduled for August

Deaths feared after train derails amid storms in Scotland

Stonehaven is on the line for passenger trains linking Aberdeen with the cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow

Man arrested after stabbing incident at makeshift camp near Vancouver Island mall

RCMP in Parksville report 28-year-old man taken into custody without incident

Alf Todd on a mission to fight Parkinson’s disease

Todd and group hope to raise $10,000 riding bikes to Port Alberni

Lower Mainland woman gives birth on in-laws’ driveway

Frédérique Gagnon new son is appropriately named after Norse trickster god

Esquimalt mayor says police use ‘compassionate check-ins’

Subject of street checks slated for Esquimalt and Victoria Police Board meeting Sept. 15

Most Read