Away in a manger: Amidon church celebrates birth of Jesus in unique way

Although the birth of Jesus did not take place in an Amish-style barn, the Lebanon Lutheran Sunday School of Amidon re-enacted the birth at the Pitchfork Ranch seven miles west of Amidon on Sunday, Dec. 20.

Congregants and visitors gathered at the Pitchfork Ranch east of Amidon for unique Christmas story program. (Courtesy Photo)
Congregants and visitors gathered at the Pitchfork Ranch east of Amidon for unique Christmas story program. (Courtesy Photo)

By CAROLYN ERICKSON | Special to The Herald

Ranch managers Shausta and Ty Blodgett welcomed 82 people to the haymow of the barn. Even their baby, Shy, became the new baby Jesus. Bales of hay provided seating, and cows, horses, cats and chickens joined in as added spectators.

Sarah Nordby directed 19 participants in ‘Christmas in the Stable.’ Chase Dhamers and Tehya Gerbil were narrators. Landyon Gerbil, as Angel Gabriel, appeared to Mary (Adyson Gerbil) and told her she would become the mother of the Savior. Chevy Dhamers, as Joseph, asked innkeepers Jaden Dhamers and Tate Nordby for a room in the inn. Shepherds Evelyn Hewson, Cutter Ouradnik, Cade and Brux Allard, and Sage Ouradnik as well as Wise Men Caleb Hewson, Jett Ouradnik, and Talon Gerbil came to the manger. Chase Dhamers played the part of the jealous King Herod. Music was provided by Maren Stegner, Lyn Hewson and Pastor Mark Nygard, as well as congregational singing.

The congregation then returned to the church for feasting and fellowship, rejoicing over the old, old story of the birth of Jesus once again made new.

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