Calvary United Methodist Church in Windber presented a live nativity scene to the public on Friday and Saturday nights to share the spirit of Christmas.
Dee Fisher, the project chairwoman, estimated on Friday night alone there were more than 60 making the drive through the church parking lot on Stockholm Avenue to take in the scene.
“We had a number of people drive through,” she said. “A few did stop in for cookies and punch in the church foyer. They enjoyed the fellowship while talking about Christmas.”
Fisher said the church is planning on making this an annual holiday tradition.
“We already have ideas for next year,” she explained. “Usually with the first year everyone wants to come and see what it is all about. Then they see what is happening. They see the cars coming through and say ‘oh, you know we can do this or we can add that.’ This is going to do nothing but grow.”
The youth group, The Really Outstanding Christian Kids (ROCK) portrayed the characters. The church pastor John Snyder told the Christmas story as a prophet.
“We already have volunteers who want to portray the Wisemen next year,” Fisher said.
Fisher said her church has a very active congregation.
“We are reaching out more and more into the community because it is God’s community and we are all God’s people and we want to welcome them into the love of our Lord and Savior,” she said.
The members of ROCK who took part in the two night portrayal with the Rev. Snyder include: Taylor McKee, Cayci Ings, Teddy Betcher, Issac Bier, Cameron Banjak-Corle, Holly Harlin and Megan Polash. Extras were Abbey Polash and Allie Polash.