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Nativity scenes sought again this year


Central to the Christmas season for Christians everywhere is the story of the birth of Christ. Many families celebrate by setting out a Nativity scene. The public is invited to view more than 350 crèches at the Goldendale Nativity, an annual community event that brings together in a single place nativity scenes owned by dozens of Goldendale residents. This year’s theme is “Christmas Through the Ages.” The display will be Dec. 5, 6 and 7 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the cultural hall of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, located at the corner of Columbus and McKinley.

Included in the display are heritage items, special collection pieces, family treasures, and children’s delights. They range from miniatures, simple rustic crèches, and handmade family depictions of the birth of Christ, to elegant crystal and porcelain figurines from around the world. All are provided by Goldendale families for the enjoyment of everyone. The event and refreshments are free, and live music from local musicians and musical groups will be provided. Dr Ogden’s MOPAR Taxi’s will be offering rides to the event free of charge. All ages are welcome and invited to this free event.

Doreen Sheldon, coordinator of the musical program, said, “We hope many people from the community will be coming to enjoy the wide variety of nativity scenes, the inspiring music and refreshments.” Event coordinator Pete Jubitz stressed the importance of “keeping Christ in Christmas.”

The three-day event features many talented musicians from the community. Each hour a different individual or ensemble will perform beginning on Friday with the Remche Vu and Beckner families followed by Doug Siegel and the GHS Choir and the Music Department. Simcoe Brass will perform at 5 p.m. Steve and Barb Stout perform at 6 p.m .; Mary Lewis at 6:30 p.m .; and Dr. James Ogden will perform at 7 p.m.

On Saturday the invited performers will be Faye Fischer; the Remche Vu and Beckner families; Tom Beck; the Christensen family; and at 7 p.m. Lou Marzeles and Leslie Geatches. Sunday performers will be the LDS Ward Choir and the Children’s Bell Choir at 4 p.m., followed by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas telecast from Salt Lake City at 5 p.m.

While this Goldendale Nativity is hosted by the LDS Church, Bishop David Bischoff wanted to be very clear that “everyone is very warmly invited to enjoy this unique community program and enjoy the holiday spirit with us.” All community members are invited to bring their nativity scenes for display. Crèches can be taken to the LDS church Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 1 and 2, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. If a scene has a special story associated with it, participants are encouraged to bring that story to display with the scene.

If individual churches would like to collect crèches for the Nativity display, they can be brought to the LDS building, or arrangements can be made for the crèches to be picked up at homes or at local churches. This effort is being made to make the process as convenient as possible for participants. Displays can be retrieved on Dec. 8 and 9 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. or by special arrangement.

For more information about the event, or to make arrangements to include your crèches in the Goldendale Nativity, call Pete Jubitz at (541) 490-1082 or Mike Canon at 250 0431.


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