News & Events

Friends of the Creche Board Minutes
May 6, 2021

 

Present: President- Sydne Yanko-Jongbloed (2022), Vice President-Michelle Devitt (2021), Membership-Marilynn Gillespie (2021), Secretary- Helen Holder (2021), Web Master, 2021 Convention Chair- Neil Allen (2022), Judy Klein (2023), Alvin Strong (2021), Sue Parker ( 2022), Barbara Olson (2022), Ellen Mintz (2022), Frank Walkingshaw (2022), Kathy Cousins (2022), Carol Williams (2022), Marguerite Sullivan (2023), Treasurer-Toni Conway (ex-officio), Creche Herald- Michael Whalen (ex-officio), Archives— Rita Bocher (emeritus), Holly Zenger (emeritus),

 

The meeting was called to order by President Sydne Yanko-Jongbloed and Michele Devitt opened with prayer.
 

Minutes from the November 21, 2021 meeting were approved.
 

Treasurer Toni Conway presented the 2021 financial report and budget. She had also prepared comparisons of income and expenses for 2017-2020. These reports are included in the secretary’s book. The financial report and budget were approved.
 

Marilynn Gillespie reported FOTC has 328 members. Paying for membership with credit cards has worked well. A list of non-renewing members was sent to board members in case any could contact individuals and encourage renewal.

The Creche Herald’s price has continued to be about $12 per year. Future issues will feature German nativities, Creche Herald’s 25 years and advent calendars. Articles and photographs are needed. The Meet a Member column by Marguarite Sullivan is a success. She welcomes names of people to be interviewed.    Please include the reason why you think they would be of interest. 
 

Rita Bocher has discovered a list of the founding members of Friends of the Creche and pictures of the first convention. She will make them available to Neil Allen and Mike Whalen for possible inclusion in the blog and the Creche Herald.
 

Ellen Mintz would like to have suggestions for the Convention/Annual Meeting Guidelines which have been emailed to all board members. Sydne Yanko-Jongbloed suggested that we each fill out the sheet as though we were suggesting our town for a meeting to see how it works.
 

The Zoom special event was a success. There were 65 connections and 5 requests for the video. Feedback provided some ideas for future programs such as how to put a value on a collection or how to get rid of a collection. Neil Allen has found that both Google searches and Facebook referrals bring people to the web site. The Instagram site is still not under the board’s control. 
 

Neil Allen has continued to work on the 2021 Portland convention in spite of closures due to COVID. It was moved and seconded that registrations will be accepted up to a number that can meet the CDC/state requirements in place. If meeting in person is considered too big a risk, the convention will move to an on-line format.
 

There will be 4-5 board seats available to be filled at the next election. Helen Holder, Michele Devitt and Marilynn Gillespie have agreed to run for reelection. Alvin Strong will retire from the board. Barbara Olson would appreciate any names of people she could contact and encourage to run. 


Comments about the November 2020 Zoom FOTC Annual Meeting were favorable.  A gift of California wine and a thank you note were given to Brent Devitt, George Holland and Michael DeSanctis for their work in presenting. It was moved and seconded that $200 be given to the Mary and Joseph Retreat Center for hosting the Annual Meeting as well as the board meetings and the special event.
 

Sydne Yanko-Jongbloed will send out E-Blasts with FOTC news 3 times/year. Marilynn Gillespie will print and mail them to those without email addresses or any who notify her they would prefer mail.
 

Neil Allen and Sydne Yanko-Jongbloed will work on a special Zoom event for August. They plan to feature Portland and surrounding area attractions.
 

Bylaws changes were tabled until the next board meeting.
 

Board members should send possible July dates for the next meeting to Sydne. At that meeting the decision whether to hold the Portland convention in person or via Zoom will be made.
 

The meeting was adjourned.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Helen Holder

Secretary

Upcoming Events

  • TBD
    World Crèche Congress
    Time is TBD
    Location is TBD
    UN-FOE-PRAE (Universalis Foederatio Prasepistia) is a gathering of all the Creche societies from Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium. Friends of the Creche are also members and invited to join. Information available at www.Eurogiokrippen.eu
  • Annual Meeting
    Nov 21, 2020, 1:00 PM EST
    Zoom
    Our Very First (and hopefully our last) Annual Event. FREE!
  • Friends of the Creche Board Meeting
    Nov 14, 2020, 1:00 PM
    Virtual Board Meeting, San Diego, CA, USA
    The Board meets three times per year. This is our virtual meeting. If you have topics for the board to consider - email Sydne Jongbloed <sjongbloed@maryjoseph.org>.

US Exhibits (2019 Dates - No 2020 Dates available)

California

 

13thAnnual Nativity Exhibit

Mary & Joseph Retreat Center

5300 Crest Rd., Rancho Palos Verdes, 

Friday, December 6 to 

Sunday, December 22, 2019

No admission, Focus on Joseph 

 

Santa Clara

Our Lady of Peace Catholic

2800 Mission College Blvd.

Check for dates and times:

408-988-4585

Connecticut

Knights of Columbus Museum

1 State St.

New Haven, CT

Nov. 15 to Feb 2

Christmas in Europe

Georgia

Moore Methodist Museum

 

FREE ADMISSION/DONATIONS ACCEPTED

​​ 100 ARTHUR J. MOORE DRIVE 

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, GA  31522 

 

LOCATED NEXT TO LOVELY LANE CHAPEL

AT EPWORTH BY THE SEA

 

 

 

912-638-4050

 

 

 

 

 

 

MUSEUM CURRENTLY CLOSED.

 REOPENING OCTOBER 2021. 

 EPWORTH BY THE SEA RESORT IS CONTRACTED FOR THE SAFE LODGING OF THE

SALVAGE CREW OF THE GOLDEN RAY SHIP WHICH CAPSIZED IN ST. SIMONS SOUND IN 2019.

NO VISITORS ARE ALLOWED ON THE PROPERTY AT THIS TIME.

 

Illinois

Franciscan Nativity Festival

December 6 (2-7pm)

December 7 noon to 4

December 8 noon to 4

 

Chiara Center

4875 LaVema Road

Springfield, Illinois 62707

 

 

Louisiana

Friends of St. Alphonsus International Creche Exhibt

2025 Constance St

New Orleans

Sundays - Noon -4 p.m., M-F 10a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday 10a.m. - 4 p.m.

Begins Dec 1, 2019, Closes December 8

Contact: bcomiskey@bellsouth.net

Complimentary Admission 

 

Massachusetts

Attleboro

La Salette Shrine Light and Creche display

Nov. 28-Jan 5

5 to 9 daily. Donations welcome

 

 

Michigan

Saline

Holy Faith Episcopal/Lutheran Church

6299 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd

Dec 7, 10 to 5 pm

No admission, ample parking.

Midland

The Church of Jesus Christ of Later Day Saints

1700 W. Sugnet, Midland, MI

900 Sets from around the world

Dec 6,7 & 8   - 11 a.m.-9p.m.

Dec 7 @ 7 p.m. Christmas Concert

MCFTA Camerita Singers & The Covenant Ringers of Memorial Presbyterian Church

No Admission Charge

New Mexico,

Albuquerque

Sandia Presbyterian church

 

Old San Ysidro Church
966 Old Church Road 
Corrales, New Mexico 87048

Dec 14 & 15, 10-5 pm

ellenkairot110@hotmail.com

505-205-9180

 

Ohio

 

Dayton

University of Dayton Marian Library

A Labor of Love

Dec 2 through Jan 12

Check link for times and more info.

https://www-staging.udayton.edu/marianlibrary/art-exhibits/at-the-manger.php

 

Pennsylvania

Harrisburg 18th Annual Creche Festival

Colonial Park United Church of Christ

5000 Devonshire Road (717-545-3782)

Dec. 6, 1 PM - 7 PM, Dec.  7, 10 AM - 7 PM, Dec.8, 8-4

 

Tennessee

Collierville

Bible Museum on the Square

Mid November through early January

Texas

Bethlehem in Denton (Between Dallas and Oklahoma)

 Over 3,600 depictions of the Infant Jesus and company. Viewings daily by appointment only.  Groups up to 10 persons maximum. (Phone: 940-231-4520   jkmk@grandecom.net  - www.bethlehemindentonco.com)

 

Well spring United Methodist Church

(Nativities on display from many countries

Georgetown, TX 78633

6200 Williams Dr.

Fri. Dec. 6, 3 to 8 pm

Sat Dec. 7, 9:30 am to 8 pm (no admission fee)

 

Wisconsin

 

Menomonee Falls

Holy Cross Lutheran Church, ELCA

Year ‘round Joy to the World collection

W 156, N8131 Pilgrim Rd

Mon-Thurs. 1-3 pm Sun 7:45 -10am

Guided tours by apt 262-251-2740

www.holycrosslutheran.org

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