Friday, November 28, 2014

TOP STORY >> Christmas Road to Bethlehem

Bethlehem United Methodist Church’s Christmas-story display, called Road to Bethlehem, will open Monday and remain up through New Year’s Day.

“The story of Christ’s birth is told through approximately 30 scenes and scriptures that are placed on properties along Bethlehem Road, off Hwy. 31 North just outside Lonoke,” according to a news release from the church’s Pastor Carolyn Staley.

The church and its neighbors, along Bethlehem Road, partner annually on the display.

The church will also host four nights of musical programs and open houses with refreshments at 7 p.m. Dec. 17 through Dec. 20:

 Dec. 17 — Bethlehem United Methodist soloists and ensembles;

 Dec. 18 — Finest Forte, an award-winning youth vocal ensemble from Carlisle;

 Dec. 19 — Bobby Burns Bluegrass;

 Dec. 20 — Bull Creek Boys and Girls.

According to the news release, “Since it began in 1987, the exhibit has been a popular destination for visitors from all over central Arkansas.”

“The memories are often shared about families driving down Bethlehem Road and enjoying the Christmas story together.”

“The true meaning of Christmas comes to life. The lighted displays are wonderful to see at night, but the scenes are also enjoyed on daytime drives,” Staley said.

She said, “We invite you and friends, large groups, church buses, senior groups and all to enjoy the Road to Bethlehem this season.”

Bethlehem United Methodist Church is at 2540 Bethlehem Road in Lonoke County. Ark.