On Sunday, Dec. 20, the parking lot of the Powell Butte Christian Church will be transported back in time over 2,000 years.
The venue will be transformed into a live, drive-thru Nativity from the birth of Jesus. It will include scenes that include a bustling and overcrowded inn, the quiet fields situated just outside of Bethlehem, a group of foreign astrologers traveling from far-off lands, and a lowly stable where, on a silent night, the world would welcome its newborn Savior.
This year will mark the seventh annual live drive-thru Nativity, presented as a free gift to the community by the congregants of Powell Butte Christian Church. Over 80 participants construct, paint and prepare six unique scenes depicting the Christmas story following the travels of Joseph and Mary to Bethlehem, where Mary gave birth to Jesus.
The community is invited to drive through the scenes any time between the hours of 5 and 8 p.m., staying warm in their vehicles as they see the live actors and animals in tableau.
Pastor Trey Hinkle brought the idea to Central Oregon eight years ago, having participated in living Nativities in other places for many years.
"Our campus is perfect for this kind of presentation," he explains, "and the people at Powell Butte Christian Church have embraced this as a wonderful ministry to our community each year. It takes a huge amount of man-hours and love to make it all happen each year. But we knew that – especially this year bringing so much upheaval in our world – that the drive-thru Nativity was necessary. We hope that it will lend both consistency and hope that is very much needed this year."
Admission through the live drive-thru Nativity is free. As has been the case in some of the previous events, cash donations and/or suitable contributions for the Prineville Pregnancy Resource Center will be gladly accepted.
Powell Butte Christian Church live drive-thru Nativity
13720 SW Highway 126 in Powell Butte
5-8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20
Contact Pastor Trey Hinkle
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