Hurrah for Morgan Mill!

It was a cold night Dec. 19 for the sixth annual Live Nativity presentation in Morgan Mill, but under the direction of Sandy Sandstrom, the evening was a huge success. It was standing room only when Dean Minix welcomed the crowd. The Morgan Mill School choir delighted everyone with their variety of Christmas songs. Harmony Hearts, Sandra Ford, Amy Johnson and Alicia Grant, sang their way into the hearts of everyone. Yvonne Lindenmeier, once again, read the traditional Nativity story as the characters proceeded to the stage. Janet High, new participant this year, was Angel Gabriel. Verbie Burns, with a host of little angels including Ashlee Babkowski, Cheyenne Carlson, Trinity Blair, Kenna Cashon, and Landry Mead were “wrangled” by Brandi Babkowski. For a return performance was Adam Parker, portraying Joseph. Two new participants were Roxanne Sanchez, as Mary; and John Green portraying King Herod. Shepherds were Gary Spindor, Ron Bruton, Kenny Carlson, and new this year was Jacee Halliday. The wise men were Wesley Slimp and Ken Broeder, with Dr. Jim Herbertson a new participant. Many thanks go to David Quinn for working the sound and music. Stan Babkowski was behind the scene operating the lights. Mike Lincoln, as stage director, had the characters moving and keeping the audience engaged in the story. The donkey, which “brayed” on cue, was provided by Brenda O Singa and the sheep, belonged to the Reagan boys, Carter and Cody. To make the evening more enjoyable, Pat Broeder and her kitchen volunteers, served hot soup, sandwiches and cookies. Another tradition was the Parkers, Debra and Gailen, kept us warm with plenty of hot chocolate. Debbie Lincoln was responsible for the publicity and programs. From the humble beginnings when Janette Halliday raised her hand in the Morgan Mill Methodist Church and announced that she thought Morgan Mill should present a live Nativity, this event has grown to area-wide acclaim. Thanks to all the participants and attendees for a delightful evening in Morgan Mill. Sandy Sandstrom is talking of making a new character for next year, the Innkeeper; Gary Key and Ken Broeder are talking of building a throne for King Herod. It will be bigger and better for 2010.

Another tradition in Morgan Mill is New Years Eve celebration at the Community Center. The games will begin about 7 p.m. Bring your favorite domino or board game and there will be a lively competition among friends. Since we never do anything in Morgan Mill without eating, bring your favorite snack. Everyone is invited.

Monday, Jan. 4, is the first Morgan Mill basketball game of the new year. The girls will play Three Way and the boys will play Lingleville. The Morgan Mill Basketball Tournament is Jan. 7-9. Call the school for times of the Morgan Mill games.