(One of our TRC Partner Churches, Tyro UMC  in Lexington, will be holding a special event called “Journey to Bethlehem” over the next two nights. The description found below recently appeared in “The Dispatch” of Lexington.)
Let's take a trip. No need to pack a bag and pay those inflated charges at the airport to check your luggage. No need to find a sitter for your pet. No need to stop your mail or paper delivery for a few days.
Just find a few special friends, load up the car and take a special “Journey To Bethlehem.” And do it in the comfort of your own vehicle.
Once again the congregation of Tyro United Methodist Church will be your guide on an inspirational tour that has become a tradition marking the beginning of the Christmas season. Upon arriving, you will be greeted by the Census Taker and from that point you will be allowed to enter the holy city of Bethlehem. As you drive through the city, Roman soldiers will be on patrol as the citizens go about their daily tasks. You will experience the sights and sounds of this wondrous place as the people of Bethlehem come together 2,000 years ago to be counted and share with Joseph and Mary as they prepare for the arrival of baby Jesus. As you follow the Star, you will witness the proclamation of the good news to the shepherds and journey with the wise men as they make their way to the manger and the birth of the Christ child. Visitors will continue their trip onward to the portrayal of the Last Supper, the cross, the empty tomb and ascension. Eighteen scenes will be depicted in this working village.
With last year's guest list numbering more that 2,700, there is a need for a traffic flow pattern. All North and South bound traffic on N.C. Highway 150 in downtown Tyro will need to enter at Giles Road, then left on to Haywood Road and left on to Tyro School Road. You will then be directed to the church, where you will drive into the village. Visitors are encouraged to bring groups and church buses are welcome. This event will be held rain or shine and admission is free. The “Journey To Bethlehem” will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Dec. 5-6. For more information, contact the church at 853-7459.
Don't miss this opportunity to begin Christmas inspired.
(By Linda Dougan, Correspondent
Published: Tuesday, November 24, 2009 at 5:00 a.m.)