PRESS PHOTOS BY LOU WHEELANDThe angel choir that appeared to the shepherds at the Faith Wesleyan Church live nativity included (front) Tia Weller, Anna Ortiz, Giovanna Zola, Danielle Bastion, and (back) Hannah Beatty and Ruthie Wicker. Copyright - Lou Wheeland
A Wise Man, as portrayed by Keith Ulett, arrives to pay homage to the newborn king, Jesus. Copyright - Lou Wheeland
Shepherds, as played by Joe Truchan, William Beatty, Hank Rath, Josiah Zola and James McCready; Joseph, as played by Jake Weller; Mary, portrayed by Alyssa Guillaume; and a Wise Man, played by Helmut Wicker; adore the Christ Child. Copyright - Lou Wheeland
The ensemble at Faith Wesleyan Church live nativity included Deanna Steich, Joe Truchan, William Beatty, Hank Rath, Josiah Zola, James McCready, Jake Weller, Alyssa Guillaume, Roger Wydner, Keith Ulett; Helmut Wicker, Tia Weller, Hannah Beatty, Anna Ortiz, Ruthie Wicker, Giavonna Zola, and Danielle Bastion with a goat and burro in the foreground. Copyright - Lou Wheeland
Peter Furbur, the wood merchant, explains his craft to Caleb, 4; and Micah, 6; while dad, Joseph Mahoney, looks on. The family is from Mt. Bethel. Copyright - Lou Wheeland
The Schroders: Emma, 6; Analiese, 10; Raegan, 13; and Asher, 7; of Slatington; learn about painting in Bethlehem from “merchants” Marge Marcelino and Bonnie Lahn. Copyright - Lou Wheeland
Article By: LOU WHEELAND Special to The Press
Members of Faith Wesleyan Church, Route 309, Orefield, presented a live nativity and a One Night in Bethlehem re-enactment during the weekend of Dec. 14-16.
The nativity scene was set up outside the church while the city of old Bethlehem was replicated inside the church.
Mary, Joseph, Baby Jesus, shepherds and angels were all present for the live nativity, as was a pair of goats and a burro, similar to the donkey that carried the Mary to Bethlehem before the birth of Jesus.
Inside the church, parishioners wearing period costumes welcomed visitors to “purchase” their wares.
They also could make crafts as they visited the booths.