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Front Page November 21, 2017  RSS feed

The Bethlehem experience to return to Buffalo

By Sherry Matney

Camels, angels, beggars and the Christ child are all part of the amazing Christmas story that you may witness on the first two weekends of December in Buffalo, Texas. Last year more than 1,100 individuals experienced a replication of Bethlehem on the night Jesus was born and this year you will be given the same opportunity.

Come to Bethlehem and see the shops and Roman soldiers and beggars. Come to Bethlehem and hear the sounds of the merchants and chickens and goats. Come to Bethlehem and touch the camels and sheep as they parade through the city. Come to Bethlehem and experience the thrill of watching angels and shepherds in the fields outside town. Come to Bethlehem and observe Mary and Joseph and Baby Jesus as you listen to the Christmas Story read directly from the Bible and imagine how it must have been to be alive on that miraculous night!!

First Baptist Church Buffalo has long been a spiritual leader in the Buffalo community and last year Pastor Alan Grisham challenged his congregation to build Bethlehem and open it up to anyone who is interested in experiencing our idea of the real Christmas story.

Workdays began and the City of Bethlehem was created inside the Family Life Center at First Baptist. Plaster walls were fashioned, artists painted scenes and seamstresses worked hard on authentic costumes. Tradesmen built potters wheels and weaver’s looms and clay ovens. Outside, directly behind the church building, several industrious men built a pen for the sheep and a stable for the manger. At that time, pallets were laid to create a walkway because the rain made a very wet path.

This year the same scenes are being recreated but without the pallets. During the summer and fall of 2017 FBC poured a concrete driveway at the back of the church that allows for a much more comfortable walkway to observe the outdoor scenes.

The Bethlehem Experience will take place on December 1-2 and 8-9 at 6:00 p.m. On Saturday, December 2, at 5:00 p.m. and on Sunday, December 3, at 10:45 a.m., the FBC choir will perform the musical “Jesus” The Advent of the Messiah by Mary McDonald and Rose Aspinall. Admission is always free.

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