Archive for Thursday, December 2, 2004

Vinland Nativity seeks volunteers

December 2, 2004

As December approaches, the church family of Vinland United Methodist Church gets started preparing for the 29th annual Living Nativity. As usual it will be presented on Dec. 21-23 at the Vinland Fairgrounds from 6 to 9 p.m.

The scene contains the holy family, shepherds, a cow, a donkey and sheep. The people in the scene are volunteers from the community. The shepherds tend to the animals during the evening. The church welcomes anyone that wishes to participate.

The church is currently seeking babies to portray the baby Jesus and would like help from everyone. Babies less than six months of age and their parents are needed to make the holy family. The babies are in the scene for 30 minutes.

A couple weekends before the actual scene, volunteers will be busy converting the exhibition building into a crude stable. There are walls to erect, burlap and curtains to be hung, straw to be scattered and a furnace to be put in place to keep everyone warm. By this time, of course, the publicity has been sent out, costumes are washed, brochures are printed, animals have been located and dozens of phone calls have been made.

Free-will donations from the event will go to Youthville, Inc., which is an organization that provides care for troubled youth.

Look for the star to find the scene in the tiny village of Vinland, on North 700 Road north of Baldwin City. There will be signs to follow. It is handicapped assessable with ample parking for buses, motor homes and cars. For more information, contact Jean Moore at 594-3568.

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