Trinity Lutheran Church and School, Waconia, had a desire to create a “Bethlehem Experience” for their community. Waconia, Minnesota, is a growing suburb located west of the Twin Cities with a population of more than 12,000.
Trinity plans to offer the event early in December to help create a sense of excitement and anticipation during the Advent season. The congregation members, school families and staff will work together to share the true meaning of Christmas with their community in an interactive and engaging way.
The Bethlehem Experience will include a Living Nativity with a petting zoo as well various stations for families to learn more about the birth of Christ and what that means for believers. The event would lead families through the Advent story through various stations including a dress up area, craft station, book station and a service project to benefit local nursing homes and food shelf.
Lutheran Church Extension Fund is blessed to help fund this outreach event. Trinity is one of three 2019 recipients of a $1,000 LCEF Minnesota South District outreach grant. "What a blessing it is to be able to help Trinity, Waconia, with their Bethlehem Experience as they strive to share with their community, the true meaning of Christmas,” said LCEF Minnesota South District Vice President Kai Larson. The LCEF grant will enable the ministry to offer the Bethlehem Experience as a free event to the public.
The 2020 LCEF district grant applications will be available at lcefcentral.org/grants beginning in September 2019. All Minnesota South District organizations are encouraged to apply.
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