Monday, November 30, 2015

'The Gift' Living Nativity Scheduled for Dec. 4, 5, and 6

“The Gift,” a Living Nativity, will be presented at Oakridge Assembly of God from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. each day Dec. 4, 5 and 6.

The church is on U.S. Highway 59 south in Sallisaw.

Nathan Lowrimore is the coordinator of the drive-through production and is busy setting it up.

“This is the fourth year,” he said, “and we build more on each year.”

This year, he explained, the production will have 10 stops with a narrator at each stop to tell the story about the birth of Jesus. Each scene is from that Bible story, and includes church members acting their roles in costumes of the time period hand made by the ladies of the church. The scenes are also decorated with live animals.

“We have donkeys and sheep,” Lowrimore said, “and some painted-on camels.” Camels are hard to find in Oklahoma so Lowrimore makes do with the wooden variety. “We try to make improvements each year,” he said.

About 80 members of the church assist with the Living Nativity, Lowrimore said, as actors, narrators, stagehands, behind the scenes, and serving the free coffee, cocoa and cookies to visitors. In case of bad weather, “The Gift” will be presented the following weekend.

Last year at least 150 cars drove through. The Living Nativity is free to visit, but Lowrimore said donations will be accepted if offered.

“But we’re not going to stop anyone from getting blessed,” he added. “Everyone is welcome. We’re just trying to get The Word out.”

And The Word is, of course, that Christmas is the celebration of the greatest gift, Jesus Christ.

 Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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