“The Star. . .” Newsletter #17 – Starting Plans for the Christmas Season 2014

The last newsletter covered progress on the Village Project.  This Newsletter will update you on the StarGift Project as well as the studio and provide some information about upcoming events!


Pam with the 'blue ribbon' winning tree.
Pictures don’t do the tree justice. We had to brighten this image so you could get a sense of the purple and blue color.

StarGift Non-profit status:

I planned at the beginning of the year to try to achieve non-profit status for the StarGift Project.  That goal will have to be moved to 2015!  I have received examples of by-laws which will be used to jump start the creation of by-laws for the StarGift Project.

Engaging Churches:

Although I sent literature out to over 300 churches, I have not been able to followed up with personal meetings with all of the churches.  So much depends on churches and non-profits deciding to participate in the StarGift Project by being willing to get copies of the books delivered to children through their mission networks and agreeing to be listed on the StarGift web site.  [While I did get the web site up. . .I feel it is still under development. . .but please review it and share your thoughts.]

On the plus side, some of the organizations we’ve been in touch with are interested in finding ways to get the book to children. . .but we have not had the opportunity to present the idea of a web site to bring these organizations and donors together.  Each organization has a different structure for engagment and decision-makinge and often the decisions are made by individual groups or committees within the church.  So the first step seems to be to identify leadership within these groups.

  • First Presbyterian Church of Le Roy purchased books for all of the children in their Little Learners Program.  They are planning some programming around the story for the Christmas Season.  They declined to share in profits so their contribution will help to fund the StarGift Project and the Village Project.  This is a blessing!
  • Heartland Community Church of Normal will host another reading of the book for parents and children at their Christmas Party for our After School Program Families on 12/17.  The reading is scheduled at 6:15 PM.  This church will also be adopting families and asking donors to purchase a book to include with the family gifts!  Another wonderful blessing!
  • Would you like to help schedule a reading for parents and children at your church or private school . . .or for a group of home-schoolers?  I have prepared a letter that you can share with directors of Christian Education or anyone who may be able to schedule a reading!  Feel free to contact me. [see contact info at the bottom of this letter]

Other non-profits:

  • A dear friend, Amy, purchased 20 books for distribution to children who are clients of Marc First where she works serving children and adults with special needs.  We are looking at providing a reading/distribution of the book at their Christmas Party or other arranged function.
  • I am communicating with a facebook friend in South Africa about getting books to children in and orphanage, children who have been orphaned by AIDS.  If this works out, I will be asking for help with donations of books for their children.  You can learn more about Open Arms by visiting their web site.

Use of the story for Christmas Celebrations:

Churches and other non-profits can build programs around this story.  I will provide permission to use the story [no fee] but 1.) must be able to pre-approve the script [to ensure consistency with story] and 2.) receive photos or video of the event.  If you are a member of a church in Bloomington-Normal, Champaign-Urbana or surrounding areas, or if you are a board member or volunteer for a non-profit organization, perhaps you would be willing to talk to groups to make them aware of the StarGift Project.  Or perhaps you’d be willing to send out a prepared email or letter.  Please contact me if you can/will do this and I will send you the content.

Status:  Publish a Spanish Translation of “The Star Who Almost Wasn’t There.”

My brother completed a translation of the story into Spanish.  I sent it to a few bi-lingual people for input but so far have only received feedback from one.  That feedback was positive. Then I have a bi-lingual friend who also started working on a translation. . .and sent the first 8 verses . . .but have not heard more on that.  I really need to follow up better!  I will also have to move this goal to 2015.

Status:  Publishing a coloring book version of “The Star Who Almost Wasn’t There.”

Finally, the work to turn the book into a coloring book. . also must be moved.  I’ve offered to pay several people to 1.) trace the drawings to get a start that can be scanned into software. . .or to use 2.) Adobe Illustrator to re-create the drawings.  A few people have dabbled with it. ..but so far no one has made a committment to do the work.  If you have skills to trace or translate with Illustrator and are willing to talk about price. . .please contact me.

Events scheduled in 2014 [to date]

Festival of Trees, Bloomington-Normal Nov. 21, 22 and 23

I will participate as a vendor at the Festival of Trees in Bloomington-Normal.  Although I am not creating a tree for this festival this year, we will be doing readings of the story in the “Jinglebell Junction” [children’s activities] during the day Friday, Nov. 21 and again Saturday morning at 9:30 or 10 AM with a potential second reading around 11:30/11:40. [Im hoping to have ‘Star’ with me on Saturday!    I planned to do a tree for Champaign and also be a vendor there, but at that Festival you must be present to be a vendor and I would need volunteers to man the gift table there!

In addition to books, this year our ‘consignment’ shop will include ‘Star’ ornaments, ‘Star’ t-shirts, ‘Star’ refrigerator magnets and some other products created in the shop.  If you are a crafter, I invite you to contact me about including some of your work in our consignment shop at the Festival of Trees.




Festival of Tress, Champaign-Urbana Nov. 21, 22 and 23

It has been my intent to bring the Star to Champaign-Urbana by participating in their Festival of Trees.  Because all three Festivals of Trees are on the same weekend [B-N, C-U and Peoria] I am finding it difficult to split my time between even two.

  • Can you, and are you willing to help get a tree to C-U [will need to transport an already decorated tree] and help add finishing touches to tree?
  • Or  help man a gift shop there, please contact me!  Otherwise, this too will have to be moved to 2015. . .and I will not participate in B-N next year.
  • Please volunteer to help. [See contact info at the bottom of this letter]
Decorating Trees at the Festival of Trees
Part of my designer team setting up the ‘Star’ tree at the Festival of Trees.

Nov. 22 at 1:00 PM, Book Reading a the Museum in Le Roy

Dec. 6th at 8:00 AM, Immanuel Bible Foundation’s 2014 Women’s Christmas Celebration

I will again provide centerpieces and attend the Immanuel Bible Foundation’s 2014 Women’s Christmas Celebration at the Uptown Marriott in Normal on Saturday, December 6th, 8:00-10:00 a.m.  The Immanuel Bible Foundation also supports the arts and guests are invited to browse all the centerpieces and purchase items from the artists after the program.  I will have books. . .as well as ‘Star’ t-shirts, ornaments. . .and refrigerator magnets.

 Contact Information: 

Pamela Hahn Hieser
Spirit of Light Creativity Studio
122 East Center St 
Le Roy, Il. 61752


Schedule an Author Reading/Signing of the Children’s book “The Star Who Almost Wasn’t There”

The Star Who Almost Wasn’t There! CoverThis is the story of a little star who could not glow.  Yet, because of an encounter with the newborn Christ child, his heart is filled with love and joy and he is transformed into the brightest star in the sky, the star of Bethlehem.  It is a delightful story for children between the ages of approximately 3 – 9.

Please share this information with the Christian Educators or other groups within your church.


1.)  As the Author, I am scheduling readings of the book for children and their parents.  Parents have the opportunity to purchase the book at reduced prices and the sponsoring church group receives 50% of the profit. Please consider scheduling a reading at a Christmas event and contact me if you choose to do so.

Pamela Hahn Hieser
Spirit of Light Creativity Studio
122 East Center St. Le Roy, Il. 61752

Perhaps you’ll even want to build a Christmas presentation around this story of His love, the gifts He provides and how we can use these gifts to glorify Him and serve others.

100_1587After reading the story to children and their parents, the author describes the missions below, makes books available for sale, and signs the book with a personal message.  This year we will include optional ‘Star’ ornaments and refrigerator magnets! 2.)  I am working to grow 2 missions in Central Il.

  1. The Village Project is a mission for adults with developmental disabilities
  2. The StarGift Project is a Christian outreach to young children. . .bringing churches and non-profits together with donors to provide a copy of the book “The Star Who Almost Wasn’t There to children everywhere.  Proceeds from sale of the book are used to fund the startup of these missions.  Donors purchase at a reduced price and sponsoring organizations share in the profit from the sale to support their own missions.

You can:

  • Preview the story by clicking on ‘Preview Book’ on my web site www.thespiritoflight.com
  • Learn more about the Village Project by clicking on ‘Author Blog’ then selecting to read 1.) A Life Community for Developmentally Disabled Adults  2.) Village Project and reading minutes etc. in order [by pressing next to advance]
  • Learn more about the StarGift Project by clicking on ‘Author Blog’ then selecting to read 1.) The StarGift Project and by 2.) visiting a web site under development to bring churchs and non-profits together with donors to accomplish the StarGift mission
  • You can also visit my Author FB page where you will see photos of readings and events and where I post inspirational messages.
  • Share a FB page for children hosted by the main character of the book “Star.”  I am always looking for people who want to help find content to post that is appropriate, fun and/or meaningful for children!
  • Finally, you can choose to visit and possibly ‘like’ a page for my studio “Spirit of Light Creativity Studio” of Le Roy, Illinois. . .the home of the Star, the StarGift Project and the Village Project.

I hope that you choose to have a reading for the young people of your Church!

God bless.




Village Project Minutes 10-07-2014

The meeting this month was attended by only three participants.  As we move down the path to bringing our community into the vision of a community where adults with developmental disabilities can learn, socialize, work and even live safely we may have to consider seeking non-profit status.  Prerequisite requirements for filing for non-profit status include:

Having at least one or two board positions filled.

Regular meetings at which minutes are kept.


Minutes of meeting of 10-07-2014

Document:  A Visit to Lambs Farm

Minutes of prior meetings