Journey to the Manger

One activity that rolls around every year at Christmas is the production of "Journey to the Manger" by our church (Simpsonville United Methodist Church, www. sumcweb.org). This is an outdoor, drive-through chronology of the Christmas story, from Isaiah's prophecy to the birth of Jesus. After a series of silent tableaus, cars turn through a set of rustic town gates and encounter Bethlehem in all its noise and clamor, and rumors of the appearances of angels and a very special event taking place. We typically play to 4,000 people in the three evenings of the presentation.

Here are Hunter and Mark in their garb for roles as a rabbi and his student. Brenda joined the kitchen crew, which restored the actors after their stints outdoors in 30-degree weather.


Santa's Volunteer

Titanius has his eye on a new job. (Click on the picture.)

Catching Christmas Spirit

Brenda and Mark just finished performing in the Christmas cantata. You'll notice that Mark is getting a grey beard ready for a role as "Rabbi" in the outdoor Bethlehem the church is presenting this weekend.

It's December! So, it's time to break out Christmas pictures. Since we don't have decorations up yet, we'll have to dip in the archives.

Here's the whole family last New Year's Day. We take an annual portrait in front of the tree.

Whoops! Almost forgot the furriest member of the family! He's always hogging the show!