Live Nativity Display Tonight

This is very cool!

The Christmas story will be retold four times this evening in a tradition that began with the theft of a Nativity display 11 years ago at a church on Green Bay‘s east side.

A Live Nativity presentation is scheduled for 5:30, 6, 6:30 and 7 p.m. at Our Saviour Lutheran Church, 120 S. Henry St.

The church had displayed the old Nativity statuary for many years until 1998, when the theft occurred, senior pastor David Hatch said. Rather than let the incident ruin the season, the congregation rallied around the idea of a live presentation.

“A whole team of people got together and called people to say, ‘Hey, would you be a shepherd, would you be a wise person, we need a Mary, we need a Joseph,” Hatch said Wednesday. “It all came together in just a couple of days, including the animals.”

The effort caught the imagination of local media, and four television stations sent cameras to that first event, including a live feed to Milwaukee. Since then the Live Nativity has been an annual fixture on Our Saviour’s calendar.

In the early years adults played the various parts, but more recently confirmation-age students (seventh- and eighth-graders) have taken the roles, Hatch said.

A soup and bread supper will be available in between the presentations, including hot chocolate. (Source: GBPG)

A great reminder of the true reason for the season – the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

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