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Nativity story lives on at Cody Farms event

Marengo church to host annual re-enactment, candlelight event

Published: Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT
(Shaw Media file photo)
Sara Hallstein (front), 16, and Colton Lohff (rear), 10, play shepherds during United Methodist Church's annual nativity service Dec. 24, 2011, at Cody's Farm in Marengo.

MARENGO – Members from Marengo United Methodist Church will literally bring the Christmas story to life Tuesday.

Roughly a dozen participants will take on the roles of the Virgin Mary, Joseph, the three wise men and perform a re-enactment of the Nativity scene at 4 p.m. at Cody’s Farm, 19502 River Road, Marengo.

Members from Cody’s Farm also will participate in the scene, with guest appearances from the farm’s donkeys, sheep and camels.

United Methodist has performed the live scene at the farm for the past five years. The performance has improved since its inaugural season, when a cow accidentally escaped and disrupted the scene, Pastor Keck Mowry said.

“It tells the story in a vivid way where kids remember it,” Mowry said. “It’s a step above children sitting and listening to hymns. They encounter the story while being a part of it.”

The family-focused event typically draws hundreds of Marengo-area residents, Mowry said. Sharon Purdom, who operates Cody’s Farm, initially approached the church about the idea, he said.

The live service will start with music and hymns from the church’s children’s choir and then there will be a message from Mowry about the Nativity scene.

The public is invited to attend. The church also will host a candlelight ceremony at 11 p.m. Christmas Eve.

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