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Davenport Nativity Scene Destroyed By Storms

New Life Baptist Church

A planned Nativity scene by the New Life Baptist Church has been cancelled after suffering damages in last week's storms.

The production would have included live animals and performers. Attendees could park their cars nearby and listen over FM radio. It would last 25 minutes and include live scenes from the Nativity of Christ, like Mary riding in on a donkey and the arrival of the wise men.

But Pastor Roger Vester says the storms on Friday brought the set crashing down.

"We had a tarp for a roof, and the tarps kind of filled with water, and then the weight of that plus the wind caused it to just come down. And it came down in such a way that there was no time to put it back together in time for the scene."

Still, Vester is keeping things in perspective.

"I told our people: when you think of not being able to do it this year and the disappointment, let that be a motivator to pray for those who had catastrophic things happen in their life, like the tornadoes, and are really suffering this year."

While this year's Nativity program is cancelled, Vester looks forward to building it all again for a performance next Christmas.

Aaryan Balu first set foot in audio journalism at WTJU Charlottesville and WRIR Richmond, and now works as WVIK Quad Cities NPR's Fellowship Host.