OSWEGO, Ill.—In the Chicago suburbs, there are plenty of places to see impressive Christmas lights and secular displays, but many areas, including Oswego, are missing something important at Christmas.
For several years, Pastor Scott Poling of Harvest New Beginnings has had a vision for a Christmas display that would declare the true meaning of Christmas, and on Dec. 6, it finally became a reality. The church set up a Nativity scene that can either be driven or walked through. Life-size figures and larger-than-life Bibles with Scripture tell the story of the Savior’s birth. Four scenes are depicted, including the shepherds in the field, the stable at the birth of Jesus, the wise men worshiping two-year-old Jesus, and a cross reminding us why Jesus came. The church’s long-range plan includes additions on a yearly basis to fill in the whole story and try to dispel some of the myths around the Nativity.
The Lord supplied just the right people (designers, builders, electricians, painters, a seamstress, and others who put in the time and labor needed) under the coordination of Bill Maroney, director of children, youth, and college ministries, to get the display built and set up in record time this October and November. Harvest hopes its life-size Nativity will draw both saved and unsaved and become a family Christmas tradition in the greater Oswego area.