By LINDA LOBECK
KINGSFORD - The Live Nativity scene is back again this year - you just need to follow the lighted star on Carpenter Avenue in Kingsford.
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Adam Tunnicliff, left, Mike Shane, center, and Abe Tunnicliff, all of Iron Mountain, help set up for the Live Nativity scene outside the Redemption Hill Church on Carpenter Avenue in Kingsford.
The Live Nativity will be presented Dec. 14-15 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m each night at Redemption Hill Church. This story of Jesus' birth will be presented by church members under the manger set up outside the church every 30 minutes, organizers said.
It's the time of year to reflect on that first Christmas and the members of Redemption Hill Church are helping to bring back the simplicity and wonder of Jesus' birth.
The church is continuing this much anticipated presentation, which has become a tradition over the years during the Christmas season. As far as anyone can remember, the church started to present the Live Nativity back in the early 1990s.
After viewing the Live Nativity, the church has organized a free spaghetti dinner inside the church for all to enjoy. In addition, hands-on Christmas activities will be available for children.
There is no charge for any of the activities and this is an event that the entire community is invited to attend, organizers added.
The scene features about 10 church members representing Mary, Joseph, Baby Jesus, angels and shepherds along with live cows and sheep - much like the first Christmas.
But the organization of this event also includes many people behind the scenes, from putting up the manger and star to get things ready for the Nativity to preparing a warm meal inside and planning special activities for children to make this truly a family event.
"We encourage everyone to stop by and visit the Nativity - a continuous portrayal that tells the Christmas story. Come and find the true meaning of Christmas this season," a church spokesperson said.
Although the church members had taken a few years off presenting the Live Nativity scene, the event returned in 2010. And it has continued to be a special presentation for families, both young and old, in the community to enjoy.
Redemption Hill Church is located on Carpenter Avenue in Kingsford next to the Iron Mountain Community Federal Credit Union.
Linda Lobeck's e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.