Melissa Walters and Josh Caldwell accompany the congregation in singing a Christmas carol.
Melissa Walters and Josh Caldwell accompany the congregation in singing a Christmas carol.

By Sharyn Cornelius

The Old Oak Run Church came alive with Christmas joy and music on the evening of Dec. 6, 2015 as families filled the rows of chairs (and the one original pew) to sing carols and hear the story of Jesus’ birth. Around 40 residents, about third of them children, gathered in their community’s original church to celebrate not just Christmas, but their history as well.

Dave and Melissa Walters of the Oak Run Bible Church led the service—Melissa playing carols on her keyboard accompanied by Josh Caldwell on guitar and Dave reading from the Bible as the children sat rapt at his feet. Dave explained that the first part of the Christmas story–Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem and the angels’ announcement of the holy birth to the shepherds—is told by Luke, while the later part of the story about the three wise men is told by Matthew.

After the service everyone stayed to enjoy the plates full of homemade cookies and visiting with neighbors. At the end of the evening, Sue Ann Webber of the Oak Run History Group handed out goodie bags containing candy canes, tangerines, gum, pencils and nuts to each of the children. Some of the young boys immediately tried to crack open the nuts using the decorative nutcrackers in front of the stage, giving everyone a good laugh.