• Dec. 12 - 18, 2018 • Vol. 11 • No. 33 •
Positively Coshocton County for 10 Years
hosts live nativity
By Beth Scott
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Beth Scott | Beacon
The Coshocton Christian Tabernacle had the annual Live Nativity on Dec. 7 – 9 from 6:30 – 8:30
p.m. Pastor Mike Jansen built a permanent tomb this year with a goal to rebuild one to two
scenes every year. Pictured is Anthony Johnson as Jesus.
COSHOCTON – For the past 21 years,
more than 100 volunteers of all ages
and walks of life come together at Co-
shocton Christian Tabernacle to bring
the Live Nativity to the community.
Although the event begins at 6:30 p.m.
for three nights in December, cars
start lining up to view the Live Nativ-
ity at 5:30 p.m. and by 6:30 p.m., the
line stretches all the way out to US 36.
“A lot of people use this as their
Christmas celebration because
Christmas gets so busy, so they can
use this to remember what Christmas
is all about,” said Jacque Wagner,
director of the event.
In the kitchen, a group of volunteers
makes sure that all the actors are fed
a cup of warm soup before venturing
out into the cold. Christy Grudier has
been volunteering with the Live Nativ-
ity since the beginning and now works
in the kitchen.
“I just enjoy helping out wherever I
can,” she said as she stirred a big bowl
of hot chocolate mix. “Th e community
seems to enjoy it so it seems like some-
thing I need to do.”
Pastor Mike Jansen has taken it
upon himself this year to construct a
permanent tomb that is used for the
resurrection scene. His goal is to take
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