A Night in Bethlehem – update on support needed

Hello, Franconia UMC Friends:

Did you ever stop to imagine what it was like in Bethlehem the night Jesus was born?  Maybe the smell of wood smoke wafting in the cold night air, or the sound of the carpenter’s hammer or the stone mason’s mallet?  Do you imagine making your way through the crowds and hear the murmurings of something exciting happening?  Do you imagine the shops doing a brisk business because of the crowds in Bethlehem that night? Or do you imagine soft music or the sound of the animals rustling in the hay?  Do you picture angels, shepherds, beggars, Roman soldiers, and a gruff old inn keeper?  Or maybe you simply think of a small, quiet stable with a young mother holding her newborn baby with Joseph close by her side – and a softly glowing star above showing the way.

“A Night in Bethlehem” is our church’s way of honoring all those images and trying to bring a sense of reality to the spectacular event that happened that Holy night so long ago.  We put our own imaginations to work on recreating the village, the atmosphere, the excitement, and the wonder of that night through this annual event we will present for the 4th time on December 10th from 430-730pm outside in the church’s back parking lot and backyard.  It is a wonderful family event for our entire community and helps to bring the Story to many who may not yet know it.

This spectacular event involves the whole church and all are invited to participate.

  • We will all be in costumes reflecting the period and have many available. If you would like to use one, please contact Blythe Norris at randbn@gmail.com.
  • If you would like to help build the set and create the village, please contact Curt Wilson at curt.g.wilson1@gmail.com who can give ideas of what is needed.
  • If you would like to help as a shopkeeper, please contact Kathy Woodley at kwoodley69@gmail.com.
  • For any general information, please contact Pat Hobbs at patricia.a.hobbs4.civ@mail.mil
  • The following is a list of items needed that you may have in your own home and can lend or donate…