Nativity Festival slated for Dec. 9

Nativity Festival 2017 | GCNO photo

Heart of Iowa Habitat for Humanity’s Nativity Festival, which has become a favorite holiday event for many area families, is slated for Sunday, Dec. 9, at the First United Methodist Church in Jefferson.

The Nativity Festival provides a special opportunity for residents to display their nativity scenes and their stories.

Owners of nativity sets are invited to display one or more of their favorites at the festival by calling Jill Lamoureux at 515-370-4785. Displays will be set up by their owners between 12:30 and 2 pm the day of the festival, with the public display opening at 3 pm.

There is not a cost to display nativity sets and there is not an admission charge to attend the Nativity Festival. Freewill donations toward the local efforts of Habitat for Humanity will be accepted.

The Nativity Festival also features many accomplished musicians in a community Christmas concert, followed by a soup supper and auction of masterpiece-quality pies from the area’s most accomplished bakers. The concert begins at 4 pm in the church sanctuary, with the soup supper and auction following at 5:15 in the spacious fellowship hall.

Loaned nativity sets can be picked up immediately following the soup supper or on the following Monday.

A limited number of nativity sets are also being accepted by donation to be offered for sale through silent auction with proceeds going to local Habitat for Humanity efforts. Those wishing to donate a nativity set are asked to contact Jill Lamoureux as well.

Several distinctive nativity sets have already been committed to the festival display using an array of construction materials and with fascinating stories of origin. If you have cherished and unique nativity sets to share with the community, please call today to reserve space in the Nativity Festival.

All proceeds from Nativity Festival – freewill donations, pie auction and silent auction proceeds – benefit the Heart of Iowa affiliate of Habitat for Humanity.

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