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Hope Lutheran stands tall on Christmas tree contest

Winning 
tree is one 
for the ages Hope Lutheran Church beat out two dozen other entrants in the Plant City Chamber of Commerce’s Christmas tree contest. Here, Hope Lutheran’s pastor, the Rev. Dean Pfeffer, stands in front of the winning tree, addressing his congregation. Called a “Chrismon tree” to denote a contraction “Christ” and “monogram,” the tree is adorned with symbols found throughout Christian history, including a shell to signify Christ’s baptism, a descending dove to represent the Holy Spirit and a fleur-de-lis, the flower of the Virgin Mary. Hope Lutheran placed two Chrismon trees at opposite ends of the altar. The church was honored as the winner last week. Rich Shopes, Times staff writer

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Winning tree is one for the ages Hope Lutheran Church beat out two dozen other entrants in the Plant City Chamber of Commerce’s Christmas tree contest. Here, Hope Lutheran’s pastor, the Rev. Dean Pfeffer, stands in front of the winning tree, addressing his congregation. Called a “Chrismon tree” to denote a contraction “Christ” and “monogram,” the tree is adorned with symbols found throughout Christian history, including a shell to signify Christ’s baptism, a descending dove to represent the Holy Spirit and a fleur-de-lis, the flower of the Virgin Mary. Hope Lutheran placed two Chrismon trees at opposite ends of the altar. The church was honored as the winner last week. Rich Shopes, Times staff writer

Hope Lutheran stands tall on Christmas tree contest 12/27/12 [Last modified: Thursday, December 27, 2012 3:30am]

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