At that time the Roman emperor Augustus, decreed that a census should be taken throughout the Roman empire... and because Joseph was a descendant of King David, he had to go to Bethlehem in Judea, David's ancient home. He traveled there from the village of Nazareth in Galilee. He took with him Mary, his fiancee, who was now obviously pregnant. And while they were there, the time came for her baby to be born. She gave birth to her first child, a son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no lodging available for them.
That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby guarding their flocks of sheep. Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them and the radiance of the Lord's glory surrounded them. They were terrified, but the angel reassured them, "Don't be afraid!" he said. "I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Savior - yes the Messiah, the Lord - has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger"
Suddenly the angel was joined by a vast host of others - the armies of heaven - praising God and saying, "Glory to God in highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased."
For until us a child is born, unto us a Son is given and the government shall be upon His shoulder and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The Mighty God,
the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace Isaiah 9:6
The Nativity painted by Debbie Eckmier.
(figures are 4 ft. high)
Nativity designed by Juliet Martin. Angel designed by Helan Barrick