O come all ye faith­ful to Sher­rill

Live Na­tiv­ity re­turns Satur­day and Sun­day at Christ Church United Methodist

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For the 21st year, Christ Church United Methodist is bring­ing the spirit of the sea­son to life for the Cen­tral New York com­mu­nity.

“This is our gift to the Sher­rill com­mu­nity and it’s re­ally be­come a tra­di­tion over these past 20-plus years now,” said the Rev. Bob Kolvik-Camp­bell, pas­tor of Christ Church.

This year’s Liv­ing Na­tiv­ity will take place at 6 p.m. on Satur­day and Sun­day, Dec. 8-9, and fea­ture amix of new and old faces, Kolvik-Camp­bell said.

The Planck fam­ily will or­ga­nize the mu­sic this year, with mu­si­cians Anna Kolvik- Camp­bell, Kirsten Bratge, Mor­ris At­wood and Doug Tud­man per­form­ing dur­ing the evening. Mary will be por­trayed by Emily Mar­shall, Joseph by Karsten Bratge, and the Wise Men by Dustin Miller, Nathan Wood­bury, and Nathan Pfluke, as well as sev­eral church

youths per­form­ing as shep­herds and an­gels.

“It of course is the Old Story but these youths are al­ways ex­cited to share this story with the com­mu­nity,” said Kolvik-Camp­bell.

The Liv­ing Na­tiv­ity also fea­tures live farm an­i­mals, in­clud­ing sheep, calves and a don­key. Kelly Ja­cobs has helped co­or­di­nate the an­i­mals for years, Kolvik-Camp­bell said, work­ing with lo­cal farm­ers to pro­vide the sheep and don­key, while she brings the calves. Pam Planck also helps co­or­di­nate the evening. Stu­dents en­rolled in the Madison-Oneida BOCES crim­i­nal jus­tice pro­gram pro­vide se­cu­rity.

Bleacher seat­ing will be pro­vided by the city of Sher­rill, and re­fresh­ments will be avail­able fol­low­ing the Na­tiv­ity in­side the church. The event is free and open to the pub­lic.

“This is some of the most im­por­tant work we do as a church of putting the story out there and shar­ing it out on our front lawn,” Kolvik-Camp­bell said.

PHOTO SPE­CIAL TO THE DIS­PATCH BY MIKE JAQUAYS

Christ Church Youth Group mem­bers Tay­lor Miller, left, and Jar­ret Ja­cobs por­tray Mary and Joseph dur­ing their an­nual Live Out­door Na­tiv­ity Pageant in this De­cem­ber 2014file photo. This year’s Na­tiv­ity will take place on Satur­day and Sun­day, Dec. 8-9, at 6p.m. at the church.

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