The event is free; all donations will benefit Marion Food Pantry churches

A star shines brightly on a recreation of the stable that provided shelter to Joseph, Mary and baby Jesus last year during the Nativity Drive-Thru Service at Saint Mark’s Lutheran Church in Marion . This year’s event begins Thursday. (Photo courtesy of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church)

MARION – Saint Mark’s Lutheran Church, 8300 C Ave. in Marion, will host “The Living Story”, a free live crib behind the wheel, from Thursday to Saturday from 5 pm to 7 pm in the Saint-Marc car park. This free event is a gift to the community and everyone is welcome to attend. For more information visit

Living History will feature multiple stages and over 100 volunteers from the St. Mark’s congregation each evening. Participants will stay in their vehicles during the experience and drive around the Saint Mark’s parking lot to hear a narration of the Nativity story, told from the unique perspective of her father, Joseph. Vehicles must enter the parking lot from E. Robins Road.

This is the second year that St. Mark’s has hosted The Living Story. Last December, their first Live Nativity brought more than 1,000 cars and 4,000 people to the Saint-Marc parking lot in three nights.

“Living Story is our gift to the community! We hope this event will bring a spirit of hope, peace and joy to all, ”said Senior Pastor Paul Hennings. “We made this year’s event even better than last year with hundreds of lights, live animals, a star cast, and a 10-foot-high star in the sky. Don’t miss this great family experience from the comfort of your own car. ”

The goal of The Living Story is to provide the community with a safe way to celebrate Christmas. All are welcome. It’s a free event; all monetary donations will be directed to The Churches of Marion Food Pantry.

About Saint Mark’s Lutheran Church

St. Mark’s is a Lutheran congregation affiliated with the Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ, or LCMC, and was founded in 1886. St. Mark’s is a vibrant and enriching community of over 2,000 parishioners. For more information visit


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