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An Invitation: Walk Through Bethlehem

I said I’d share more on the music practice later, so here I am. Below you’ll find part of the reason :).

This weekend, December 6th and 7th, Joseph, John, Anna, Jesse, and Mary will be doing Christmas music and giving testimonies. Friday and Saturday evenings, they’ll be sharing from 6:30-7:15 p.m. and 7:30-8:15 p.m.

A church in town hosts a “Walk Through Bethlehem” for three evenings during the Christmas season. Tours are given, and while people wait for their tour, they sit in the sanctuary, listening to live Christmas music. My family will be doing that music for an hour and half, Friday and Saturday evenings, for those who come and are waiting for their turn to go through “Bethlehem.”

The last two years, we had the opportunity to go through “Bethlehem” before their music time began, and it was an amazing experience. Church of the Open Door does a great job of portraying what Bethlehem might have been like when Jesus was born.

It is open to the public, and we invite you to stop in. The actual dates are Friday (6:00-10:00 p.m.), Saturday, and Sunday evenings (5:00-10:00 p.m.). If you would like to hear my brothers and sisters, they will be doing music Friday and Saturday evenings at the times listed at the beginning of the post.

If you live in the Kansas City area, the Church of the Open Door would be about a 45 minute drive.

The church’s address is:

Church of the Open Door
4800 South 20th St. Trafficway
Leavenworth, KS  66048

I’ll include some pictures I took last year. We hope to see some of you there, and please, introduce yourselves. You’ll find me in the back of the sanctuary.







“The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light:
they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death,
upon them hath the light shined.”

Isaiah 9:2

Christ-Centered Christmas Decoration (simple and inexpensive)

We are always on the look-out for simple Christmas decorations that give honor to the Lord Jesus Christ. A number of years ago Dad created a cross for the front of our house, and this year we added some lights to it so that it is illuminated at night.

It is a very easy-to-make, beautiful, and inexpensive Christmas decoration.

This is what the wreath looks like during the day.
This is what the cross looks like during the day. And I really like the way it looks at night!
And this is the way that it looks at night.
Here is the garland-cross at night.

When Dad made the cross, he used:

  • Two dowels
  • A garland
  • Several bows
  • And some wire
Here is the back of the wreath.
Here is the back of the wreath with the wire on the ground next to it. The wire had a handwritten price tag on it: $.99
This is the end of one of the dowels and also happens to be where the string of lights ends.
This is the end of one of the dowels and also happens to be where the string of lights ends.

A few years ago Dad shared some of our interior Christmas decorations (which also included a photo of the outside cross), and Mom wrote a Mom’s Corner about Christmas Decorations as well.

“A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.” (Luke 2:32)