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34th annual tree lighting

Lisa Stokes, Contributing Writer

The Bamberg County Chamber of Commerce presented its 34th annual Tree Lighting Program on Sunday, December 7, at 6:00 p.m. on the grounds of the Bamberg County Courthouse. The Rev. Timmie Gunnells, pastor of Open Arms Ministry in Denmark delivered the Christmas message. Attendees were reminded by Gunnells of the true spirit of Christmas and to enjoy the season.

Chamber President Ronny Maxwell welcomed everyone and Bamberg County Council Chairman Chris Wilson brought greetings from the County and officially lit the County’s tree.

Attendees were entertained by two young performing groups including the Bamberg County Children and Youth Choir and Kids Praise from First Baptist Church of Bamberg. Bamberg Mayor Alton McCollum also led everyone in a couple of Christmas songs.

Other pastors on the program included the Rev. Dr. Aubrey Floyd, interim pastor of First Baptist Church in Bamberg who gave the invocation and the Rev. Bernard Ponds, pastor of Mount Carmel United Methodist Church of Bamberg who closed the program with the benediction.

Along with Crosby’s Car Care of Bamberg, the children’s ministry of First Baptist Church provided complimentary snacks and hot chocolate for all to enjoy throughout the program. At the conclusion of the program, Santa arrived by way of the Bamberg Fire Department with a treat for the children.

The Chamber would like to acknowledge Mr. and Mrs. Carl Kilgus, The Advertizer Herald Publishing Company, The Bamberg Board of Public Works, The Bamberg Job Corps Center, the Bamberg County Maintenance Staff and Mrs. Demmie Raysor for their roles in contributing to the success of the program.

A Night in Bethlehem

Jerry Durgan, Contributing Writer

Olar First Baptist Church’s Friday evening live depiction of the Nativity Story chronicles the arduous journey of two people, Mary and Joseph, a miraculous pregnancy, and the history-defining birth of Jesus. The dramatic and compelling living story traces the perilous journey of a young couple who must travel from their home in Nazareth to Bethlehem, Joseph's ancestral home, to register for a census ordered by King Herod. It is a journey of over 100 miles, through treacherous terrain, made much more difficult by the fact that Mary is nine months pregnant. The dramatic and compelling story comes to life as members of the First Baptist Church reenact the historic event through narration and song.

And don’t forget the Olar Fire Department’s “Fireman’s Fun Christmas Fundraiser” to be held at the Olar Fire Station Dec. 19 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., and Dec. 20, from 12 noon to 9 p.m.

For only $5 you can enjoy a Nativity Scene, the story of the candy cane, Frosty the Snowman’s hot cocoa, story time with Mrs. Santa Clause, old-fashion popcorn, Santa’s petting zoo, and much more.

There will be the Ginger Bread man’s Cookie Stop and Shop where children can decorate their own cookies, the Elves Ornament Workshop where the children can make their own.

County Christmas Parades

First place religious in Bamberg parade, Bamberg First Baptist Church.

Schuetzenfest Queens took first place in the Ehrhardt parade.

Girl Scouts Troop #34 marching in the Denmark parade.

 
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