Dispatch from Forbearance Presbyterian Church
Is It Real or Just Pretend?
by Charlotte Johnstone
was last year, just about this time, that the Religious Education
Committee decided to create a living creche outside the church
for the Christmas Eve service. Forbearance's children traditionally
brought gifts that night-canned goods for the food pantry, mittens
and hats for the homeless shelter, toys and children's clothing
for the Family Crisis Center-and the committee was enthusiastic
about creating a more symbolic place to present their gifts,
rather than the usual bins the ushers provided. And so, it came
to pass that Chester Burroughs spent some evenings building a
three-sided roofed shed, Dotty Gorman recruited the "actors,"
Marge Paley built the manger bed and donated straw for the floor,
Jake Moran figured out how to light the scene from within and
Chloe Makepeace scrounged for costumes.When it all came together
on Christmas Eve, a small scene awaited-three impressive Magi
Find out how much can be learned from listening to a small
child. A real Christmas lesson from Forbearance Presbyterian
Church. Read and laugh with each issue. Don't miss Horizons!
Charlotte Johnstone is a member of Immanuel Presbyterian
Church in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She (and the cast of Forbearance
Presbyterian Church) welcome comments. Write to her at Horizons,
100 Witherspoon St., Louisville, KY 40202-1396 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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