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RF church to bring bible story to life

First Covenant Church actors portray a scene from last year’s Living Nativity event. This year’s event will be bigger -- with more skits, a larger choir and live animals. The event will be Saturday, from 4:30-7:30 p.m. in the First Covenant parking lot.

First Covenant Church is preparing to bring a piece of the Bible to life Saturday with its fourth annual living nativity.

According to coordinator Laura Schatz, this year’s outdoor nativity will be bigger than last year’s, with a larger choir and actors performing small skits at most of the seven scenes.

Last year, Schatz said actors only acted out skits at one or two of the scenes.

Schatz has coordinated the living nativity for the last three years. She said the event is important to her because of its meaning.

“It’s a representation of the real meaning of Christmas to celebrate Jesus’ birth,” Schatz said.

Visitors will be able to enter the church parking lot from the Quarry Road side and view the scenes one at a time from their cars. They start with the angel talking to Mary and ends at the manger.

To help bring “Bethlehem” to life, actors stationed at the entrance will welcome visitors and ask if they are in “Bethlehem” for the census. Actors dressed as soldiers will walk up to cars and ask visitors things like “Have you paid your taxes?” and “Have you registered for the census?”

Several live animals will also add to the event, including llamas, cows, sheep and donkeys.

While visitors will stay snug inside their cars throughout their trip to “Bethlehem,” the actors will be outside the whole time.

Because of this, Schatz said, actors will work in shifts, so they will have an opportunity to go in and get warm, while other actors take their place.

The living nativity will be Saturday, at First Covenant Church, 1374 N Main St, from 4:30-7:30 p.m. However, if the windchill is too low Saturday, Schatz said the event will be cancelled. She said people can call the First Covenant office at 715-425-2640 to find out if the event has been cancelled or not.

The event is free and open to all, but Schatz said, there will be an aluminum can collection this year.

Any donations made support Feed My Starving Children, a nonprofit organization that provides food for hungry children around the world.

Gretta Stark

Gretta Stark has been a reporter for the River Falls Journal since July of 2013. She previously worked as a reporter for the New Richmond News from June 2012 to July 2013. She holds a BA in Print and Electronic Media from Wartburg College.

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