See it Friday evening, Saturday afternoon in UMC UTOC arena.

    The Christmas Stable Communion service is back in Crookston, and all are welcome to come and enjoy what has been an annual tradition for so many over the years.

    The Christmas Stable Communion tradition goes back to the barns of local residents who wanted to experience the true Christmas story in the surroundings of their own stables. It did not take long for the word to get out and more and more people came to the stables to experience the way the story was told. The popularity of this annual service resulted in the move to the University of Minnesota, Crookston under the leadership and direction of the Gary and Lynn Willhite family from the late 1990s to 2008.

    After several years without the traditional Christmas Stable Communion service, and at the request from many throughout the greater Crookston region, the revival of a Christmas Stable Communion service has become a reality. All are invited to attend one of two offerings on Friday, Dec. 21 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 22 at 2 p.m. at the UTOC building located on the north end of the University of Minnesota, Crookston campus. There will be free parking at UTOC and at Kiehle Auditorium parking lots with a free shuttle to and from the service.

    This year’s theme is “Prince of Peace.” Like previous years, people of all faiths and backgrounds are invited to attend this family-friendly service. Come and experience a true stable service including many stable friendly animals. Prior to the service, there will be a petting zoo for everyone, and opportunities to take pictures.

    The Christmas Stable Communion service is full of opportunities for you to join in singing your favorite Christmas carols. Watch the story of Jesus’ birth come to life before your eyes; experience what the shepherds felt as an angel descends from above with good news of great joy; journey with the wise men as they follow the star shining over the stable in Bethlehem; and of course, enjoy music performed by various choirs and ensembles of the greater Crookston area. This years’ service will run approximately an hour and fifteen minutes with room for cider and treats following.

    Admission is free, with a free-will offering received for the North Country Food Bank.

    For questions regarding this service, contact Rae French at 281-8339 or; or Pastor Jo Gast of Trinity Lutheran at 281-4276 or