Nativity Reenactments Dot the Conference

Over the past few weekends many churches hosted events in celebration of the nativity. Here is a little bit about three of them.

Journey to Bethlehem, hosted by the Kelso-Longview Seventh-day Adventist Church, has been an area tradtion for more than 15 years. During the second weekend in December (Thursday-Sunday nights), more than 7,000 people attended this walk-through experience that tells the story of Jesus’ birth from the vantage point of a Jewish family 2,000 years ago traveling to pay their taxes in their ancestral hometown.​ This free outdoor event takes about 20-25 minutes. This year Journey to Bethlehem was December 12-15. Thursday and Friday 6:00-9:00 pm, and Saturday and Sunday 5:00-9:00 pm. Doors opened one hour before the journey began. Journey to Bethlehem took place on the grounds of the Kelso-Longview Adventist Church located at 77 Solomon Road in Kelso, Wash. Visit to learn more.

In Gladstone you'll find Follow the Star, which hosted its 12th year of reenacting the events leading up to the birth of Jesus. Nearly 250 volunteers work hard to make each night a success, with actors and staff coming from more than 20 area churches. In the past 11 years, nearly 50,000 people have attended Follow the Star. This year's event took place December 6-8 and 13-15. Doors opened at 5:30 pm on Fridays and 4:30 pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Follow the Star took place on the grounds of the Holden Convention Center at 19500 Oatfield Road in Gladstone, Ore. To learn more, visit

A new-comer to this year's festivities was the Bend Adventist Church, which hosted its first year of Journey to Bethlehem, being mentored by Kelso-Longview. Dress warmly was needed to experience this free, outdoor walk-through nativity. It took place at the Bend Adventist Church at 21610 NE Butler Market Road in Bend, Ore. You can visit their Facebook page at

We hope you have a wonderfully blessed holiday season with your friends and loved ones!