FBC plans annual tree production
First Baptist Church will brighten the holidays with its 35th annual Living Christmas Tree, "Light Out of Darkness" Dec. 11-13 at the church, 501 SW B.
Mike Neff, associate pastor for music, said the church thought the theme was appropriate because this marks the 35th year that the Living Christmas Tree "has been a light to the community."
"This carries on that theme not only just the light in the community, but sharing the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ being the light of the world."
Free, open to public
The Living Christmas tree is free and open to the community; those attending may donate non-perishable food items for food baskets before each presentation. Free child care will be provided for ages birth to 5 years old. Doors will open an hour before each presentation for attendees to grab a seat or drop a child off for child care.
While waiting for the presentation to begin, audiences can enjoy holiday music performed by the 40-piece orchestra and a brief presentation about the history of the Living Christmas Tree. This year, Neff said, the Living Christmas Tree will have over 200 volunteers to prepare for the weekend of presentations. Neff calculated that from 3,000 to 3,500 people experience the Living Christmas Tree each year and "if you multiply that out by 35, that's a pretty good number."