|Nathan, Evan, and Hans as shepherds at Martin Luther's Live Nativity|
|Shepherds in the fields nearby keeping watch over their sheep at night.|
|Love the little sheep|
Our church tried something new this December, we put on a Live Nativity. Church's property is nearly perfect for such a event as the parking lot is the length of our property with the main entrance on a busy city street and a back exit onto the block behind in the rear. Attendees were greeted by Roman centurions taking a census, passed a crowded inn and were urged on by the inn keeper and his wife, heard the angel announcing to shepherds in the fields, listened to choirs of angels singing, saw infant Jesus with his parents in a lowly stable, and were wished a Merry Christmas by members of our church. The whole drive was lit with luminaries and there were seven banners with the words of Luke 2 to tell the true Christmas story. Our monetary budget was tiny but the volunteer hours were many between building, painting, sewing, and setting up the entire event. It was so much fun to be part of this and to see it's success. In the three hours over 600 people drove through making our first try a huge success! The plan is to do it all over again next year.