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‘A Christmas to Remember: A Living Nativity’ carries on late worship pastor’s vision

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  Approximately 50 people attended New Hope Assembly of God’s “A Christmas to Remember: A Living Nativity” this past weekend on Saturday and Sunday. A living nativity was outside with live animals along with Santa and baked goodies inside.

  The idea came from the late Karen Shirk, who was the former worship pastor at New Hope. She wanted guests to experience A Christmas to Remember. Her daughter, Ashley, who is the current worship pastor, said they want to bring some joy and hope to the Christmas season, carrying on her mother’s vision. It was formerly held at the Marleah E. Graves building, but it’s back on the church property, where it was originally held.

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Genaida Vicente, 11, with a calf, Moori, 2, of Enchanted Animal Parties, out of Groton
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Event organizers, pictured from left to right: Seated: Debbie Sensale and Nicole O’Brien; back row: Lynne Pina, Children’s Pastor Jethro Alouidor, Senior Pastor Wayne Shirk and Worship Pastor Ashley Shirk-McCray.
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Pictured from left to right: Gigi Darnell (shepherd, far left), Sam and Jacob Nerestant (shepherds), Juan Carlos Alvarado (angel, in back), Desiray Rodrigues (Mary), baby Jesus, Analia Alvarado (angel), George Vicente Jr. (wiseman), Randy Brown (wiseman), Jethro Alouidor (Joseph), Frank Orben (wiseman) and Heather Savoie (shepherd, far right).
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Nathanial Miralda, 5, with Santa; he said after meeting Santa that he is excited for presents on Christmas morning.

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Mary, Joseph and Jesus during Saturday’s “A Christmas To Remember: A Living Nativity” at New Hope Assembly of God.
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Pictured from left to right: Santa, Frosty, Dottie Serozsky (elf) and Rudolph.
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Carolers, pictured from left to right: Elijah Alouidor, Jasmine Pina and Aida Vicente.
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Beatbox: Bringing down the beat were Elijah Alouidor, Jasmine Pina and Aida Vicente.
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