EVANS CITY — The community is invited to get into the true spirit of Christmas at a sweet event on Dec. 1 at St. John’s United Church of Christ.
The third annual Art of the Nativity, coupled with Cookies from the Heart, will be held at the church’s East Main Street building from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. that day.
The Rev. Verna Call, pastor at St. John’s, said church members bring in their Nativity scenes after Thanksgiving, and they are displayed throughout the sanctuary. She said at least 60 scenes of Jesus’ birth are arranged at the church.
Call said scenes of all sizes and from all over the world grace the church, including one last year that utilized an entire large table. Those collected from other countries demonstrate the dedication to the salvation story worldwide.
After gazing on the various Nativity scenes, those in attendance can pick up a variety of homemade Christmas cookies for $5 a dozen.
Call said many fine bakers fill the pews at St. John’s, and they produce 38 different varieties of Christmas cookies as part of the Cookies from the Heart program.
“It gives people the opportunity to share their gift of baking cookies,” Call said.
The public can choose which cookies they prefer, and a dozen of the confections are neatly boxed for Christmas consumption.
“That’s why we do it early in December, so church members can take their Nativity scenes home for Christmas, and so people can get their Christmas cookies,” Call said.
She said the public is invited to the event. Cookie proceeds benefit ongoing church improvement projects.
“You don’t even have to buy a cookie,” Call said. “You can just come to look at the Nativities. We’re doing it for the community.