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Our Savior Lutheran Church offers a journey to Bethlehem

The streets of Bethlehem will come to life at Our Savior Lutheran Church Dec. 13 and 14. It’s a huge undertaking for the small congregation, but pastor Neil Ristow said it’s one of the best things the church does.

“We really enjoy putting it on,” said Ristow.

The congregation puts together the production each year to share the story of the birth of Jesus Christ. The congregation creates the city of Bethlehem at the time of Christ’s birth in the Family Life Center. The reenactment includes shepherds and town folk, a bakery and market, a grain mill, pottery shop, carpenter’s shop and the stable where the Christ-child was born. The recreation includes the sights, smells and tastes that would have greeted the holy family as they wandered into the little village of Bethlehem.

To add to the realism, Ristow said they added a twinkling night sky and live animals.

Our Savior has put on the reenactment for five years. It takes nearly every member of the congregation in one way or another to put on the event.

While it’s a lot of work, Ristow said seeing people’s faces as they walk through makes it all worth it.

“The kids especially love it,” said Ristow.

Shepherds lead groups through the set up. Ristow said they try to keep groups small, no more than 10 people, to make the experience more personal.

The Streets of Bethlehem will be open from 6 to 8 p.m. at 14980 Diamond Path Road. The event is free and open to the public.

Emily Zimmer
Emily Zimmer has worked as a staff writer for the Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. She has a degree in journalism from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Outside of work, Emily enjoys running, reading and gardening. You can follow Emily's gardening adventures at the Areavoices blog East of Weedin'
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