O Little Town a Bethlehem Experience Proceeds to Benefit Homeless | Community Spirit

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O Little Town a Bethlehem Experience Proceeds to Benefit Homeless

Homelessness has made headlines with more and more families losing their housing in the wake of the current economic crisis.  That's why Orange Park United Methodist Church decided proceeds from this year's O Little Town Bethlehem experience will go to the Homeless Initiative of Clay County.

The church will host the fifth annual O Little Town, a recreation of Bethlehem the night Jesus was born, Friday and Saturday, Dec. 10 and 11, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.  The event is held at 2060 Astor St., three blocks east of Hwy 17.  Admission is free, however, donations are welcome and the church is asking that O Little Town visitors bring a canned or non-perishable food item to donate. 

"Can you imagine the desperation Joseph might have felt trying to find a place to stay knowing Mary was so near the time of giving birth," asks Debbie Bradshaw, O Little Town chair.  "We know there are families right here in Clay County feeling that desperation--trying to find housing for their families."  The O Little Town committee has chosen this event as a way to help.

O Little Town has become a much-anticipated advent season event in the Orange Park community as families prepare to celebrate the Christmas holiday season.  It offers a way for families to experience the time of Jesus birth and provides an educational experience as the O Little Town team strives to create a realistic setting. 

“It is our hope that the timeless story of Jesus' birth will come alive for the people who walk through our ‘Bethlehem,’” says Mark Becker, Pastor of OPUMC.  The O Little Town team also intends to make an impact for families struggling to find housing this holiday season. 

For further information regarding O Little Town, visit www.opumc.net or contact the OPUMC church office at 904 264-2241.

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