FAITH Nativity

Elmer the donkey greets people during a past Living Nativity at the First United Methodist Church in Hermiston.

The biblical story depicting the birth of Jesus is featured in a pair of Living Nativity events next weekend in Pendleton and Hermiston.

Coordinated by Pendleton Faith Center Church for more than two dozen years, the Living Nativity is Sunday, Dec. 16 from 6-9 p.m. at Roy Raley Park, 1205 S.W. Court Ave. The first hour offers a chance for people to walk through the display, while the last two hours people can choose to walk or drive through.

The presentation features a dozen scenes with props and reader-boards with biblical references describing what is being portrayed. Additional lighting illuminates the scenes and music will fill the air. The event includes members of the Faith Center as well as other churches — approximately 150 assist in the production to help provide insight into the biblical story of Christmas.

For more information, call the church at 541-276-9569 or search Facebook for “Pendleton Faith Center.”

In Hermiston, the First United Methodist Church is presenting its 26th annual Living Nativity. The presentation is available Saturday, Dec. 15 from 6-8 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 16 from 4-6 p.m. The church is located at 191 E. Gladys Ave., Hermiston. After viewing the scenes, people are invited inside the church’s fellowship hall for warm drinks and cookies.

Becky Hunt, who has helped coordinate the effort for more than 10 years, said about 50 people are involved in the production between the two nights. It features a handful of scenes, including those representing the angels and shepherds, the wise men and camels, Joseph and Mary at the inn and a manger scene. Live animals featured are sheep, chickens and a donkey. Portraying characters from the biblical story include children as young as 5 all the way up to octogenarians, Hunt said. 

“I have people that return to do this each year that don’t attend our church,” she said. “It is a tradition for them.”

Hunt invites people who want to help with moving straw bales and other tasks to a set-up event. That is planned for Saturday at 9 a.m. at the church. For more information, call Hunt at 541-314-5797.

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Contact Community Editor Tammy Malgesini at tmalgesini@eastoregonian.com or 541-564-4539

Community Editor

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