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Jack and Julie Paulsen says...My husband and I are the folks who originally came up with this idea for St. Peters, years, years and years ago. We used to live in Flour Bluff. Pastor Graham was super! The reading of Christ's birth from Matthew and then we would lead everyone out the back door and into the road to Bethlehem. First visitors would be greeted by the census takers, visit with King Herod, take the journey through Bethlehem and visit with all the residents and merchants, visit the Inn and be told there was no room, meet the 3 Wise Men who took you to the live nativity. There, the visitors would offer the price of admittance -- a non-perishable item which would eventually go to the Food Bank.
One year our son Ken, played the angel. He sat on top of the roof of the church and when a group would go by and he would stand up and say "Behold!" Near scared everyone half to death. But, the spirit was there.
How we loved doing this. Every year, about this time, we reminisce about the "Visit to Bethlehem."
We are now in Sioux City, IA. I doubt very much if members of the church are the same, but if there are some members who are around, who were there 20 some years ago, please tell them we say hello and everyone remains in our thoughts. We started this 20 some years ago. It does our heart good knowing that it is still going.
Jack and Julie