With the handcrafted manger at Cedaredge United Methodist Church overflowing with coats for those in need, the church will open its doors from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, for anyone needing a coat to come get one free of charge. There are about 40 coats for children, youth and adult women and men. Being warm this winter can be as simple as dropping by the church at the corner of NW 3rd Street and Aspen Avenue during these hours.
Church member and Cedaredge resident Steve Countryman is organizing the coat distribution. Fellow member Walt Anderson, a Cedaredge woodworker and furniture maker, crafted the oversized manger in which the coats were collected during the Advent and Christmas seasons from wood donated by his neighbor Bill Sheffield. The coats are lightly worn and looking for new owners.
The church decided to collect coats for those in need after studying a passage from the Gospel of Luke in which Jesus' cousin, John the Baptist, responded to a crowd that asked him how they could be faithful to God. John the Baptist told the crowd: "Whoever has two coats must share with anyone who has none." The coats were blessed during worship Jan. 6.