Story of Jesus’ birth told in Live Nativity
Spirit of Truth Lutheran members stage three performances this weekend
December 20. 2013 9:42AM
“She gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped Him in cloths and placed Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.” Luke 2:7
The story of Jesus’ birth will be shared in three Live Nativity performances hosted by the Spirit of Truth Lutheran Church this weekend.
It’s the second year the Brandon congregation has staged the Live Nativity in a barnyard setting on the Arny and Kay Erickson farm situated north of Brandon. Last year, more than 400 people attended.
Spirit of Truth member Connie Matsuda sang in the choir for the inaugural production. This year, she’s baking cookies that will be served following the performances.
“This pretty much involves the whole congregation,” she says of the 95-family member church. The congregation members make up the cast, build the sets, sing in the choir, bake cookies and direct vehicles to parking spots.
A free will offering will be taken, and Matsuda said that money will be directed to mission projects.
The roles of Joseph, Mary and Baby Jesus will be played by Jason and Sasha Krumvieda and son, Marcus, for at least one of the three performances. Wyatt Sunvold, Taylor Andersen and Taylor’s nephew, Dominic, will fill those roles for the other performances.
This is the second year Sundvold is playing the role of Joseph. He got the part by default after helping with the set for the production where he works.
“It came down to the wire and they needed a Joseph,” he said.
In addition to church members filling roles of Mary, Joseph, Baby Jesus, the wise men, shepherds, angels and more, a variety of live animals are also part of the production. Some of the animals include donkeys, sheep, a Shetland pony, two halter-broke steer calves and a llama.
“We couldn’t find a camel,” Matsuda said.
All of the barn animals, which are haltered, can be seen following the performance, Sundvold said.
Because the most of the approximate 15-minute production takes place outdoors where seating is provided, attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and flashlights.
Matsuda said the Live Nativity tells a powerful story. “It’s not just a story,” she said.
“The realization that this was a real event that God orchestrated for us – that Christ is real – is what Christmas is all about.”
IF YOU GO
What: Live Nativity hosted by Spirit of Truth Lutheran Church
When: 6 & 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21 and 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22
Where: Arny & Kay Erickson farm, 48494 260th St., Valley Springs
Directions: Three miles straight east of Corson or east of Bethany Meadows. Turn north on 484th Avenue and watch for signs/lights.
Cost: Free will offering will be taken for youth missions.
Other: Seating is provided but you are encouraged to bring a blanket and flashlight, as is partially an outdoor event. Hot chocolate, cider, coffee and cookies will be served following the performance.
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