Church presenting ‘Christmas on Chuckatuck Creek’

Published 12:00 am Thursday, December 18, 2003

Suffolk News-Herald

Ebenezer United Methodist Church will present a musical drama called, &uot;Christmas On Chuckatuck Creek,&uot; beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m.


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According to Art Latimer, spokesman for the event, this is an unusual show.

&uot;Nezer is back and he is going to introduce us to his wife, Ebbie, this year. Ebbie and Nezer will be telling faith stories of the people who have lived here, stories of life on the Creek, and stories of Jesus being born in hearts along the Chuckatuck Creek,&uot; he said.

The story line is that a young boy asks Ole Nezer to tell him the Christmas story in a way that he can understand. Nezer, born in 1866 on the Creek, tells him how Jesus is born in 1946 to Mary Adams (from Poquoson) and Joseph Hazelwood, and in all of us using the ways of the waterman and ‘true’ stories from the village. Nezer challenges Jim Bob to think of Jesus as being born among ordinary folk in ordinary places to do extraordinary things.

&uot;Each year we have told this story differently – first to Jim Bob, then to Ally Mae, and this year to a newspaper reporter from the Daily News…there is a laugh here and there and with our chancel renovation, we have more space from which to tell our story,&uot; said Lattimer.

He also said that the most glorious part of the program is the music and that if Nezer and company are down to earth, the choir, under the direction of Doug Shomaker, will take you to heaven.

&uot;Please join us for an evening of great music and story telling and a reception with delicious food after each production. A love offering will also be accepted,&uot; said Lattimer.

The Rev. Carl Le Mon is host pastor. Ebenezer United

Methodist Church is located at 1589 Steeple Drive.