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For 30 years the congregation of the First United Methodist Church has offered a beautiful seasonal gift to the community by staging a re-creation of the Holy Night for three nights just before Christmas. Under a redwood tree and adjacent to the church, a grassy area is transformed into a humble wooden stable, complete with a serene Mary, Joseph and tiny baby Jesus asleep in the manger. Three majestic kings stand by with their gifts to the Holy Child, attentive angels appear nearby, and lowly shepherds tend to their flocks.
On Saturday, October 9, dozens of tables in the parking lot at First United Methodist Church, 305 E. Anapamu (corner of Garden and Anapamu) will overflow with donations of thrift items for the annual Treasure Sale. Clothing, books, art and decorative objects, textiles, small appliances, garden and other household items await regulars and newcomers to this annual event. The beneficiary of this year's proceeds is the Grace Fisher Foundation, bringing adaptive arts to children of all abilities.
This year's annual Feast for the Children has a new look. There was talk of canceling the 11th year of the annual luncheon, due to Covid restrictions, until Via Maestra 42 owner and sponsor Renato Moiso stepped up and insisted "the Feast must go on". So the host church, First United Methodist, will bag the 3-course Italian meal "to-go" and place bags into cars as they drive through the church parking lot.
Join the many families who have made this event part of their holiday traditions! For 3 nights, December 20, 21, and 22 from 5:30pm - 7:30pm, gather around the silent tableau of a rustic stable, Holy family, Wise Men, angels, shepherds, and featuring live animals including camel(s), donkeys, goats and sheep. The church sanctuary will also be open for viewing with a display of creches on the altar rail, and Christmas music by pianist Ann Leatherman.
The Living Nativity, featuring live camels and a humble wooden stable, is complete with a serene Mary, Joseph and tiny baby Jesus asleep in the manger. Three majestic kings stand by with their gifts to the Holy Child, attentive angels appear nearby, and lowly shepherds tend to their flocks. In addition to the camels, sheep, donkeys and goats surround the manger taking in the wonder of it all. It is a silent and beautiful scene to behold.