Shepherd of the Hills invites the public to Live Nativity

| 15 Feb 2012 | 10:27

    SPARTA — Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church will hold its 14th annual Live Nativity on Saturday, Dec. 10, with two performances, at 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. The Nativity, which is free and open to the public, features church members from Sussex and Morris counties as Mary, Joseph, the shepherds, wise men and angels. Live farm animals will play themselves. Refreshments will be served. “Bringing Christ’s birth to life is a magical way to appreciate the breathtaking beginning of Christianity. The children and adults who are taking part in this event are living examples of how to spread the good news. It is truly a joyful experience to share our festive spirit with the wider community,” said Rev. Scott Schantzenbach, interim pastor of the church. In addition to the Nativity play, audience members will also have the opportunity to pet the animal stars of the show. Shepherd of the Hills will have several candlelight Christmas services this year, and all are welcome to attend. Christmas Eve services will be held at 5 p.m., 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 24. A Christmas Day service will be held at 10:15 a.m. Shepherd of the Hills, at 246 Woodport Rd. in Sparta, welcomes visitors and seekers. Visit the church’s web site,, or call 973-729-7010 to learn more about the church’s services, Christian education and activities for children and adults.