Light the night

Christmas at the Grove

Brian WilkinsonDecember 20, 2012 

With two acres of Christmas decorations, more than 20,000 twinkling lights and the sounds of "Joy to the World" and "Jingle Bells" filling the air, Pastor Marc Phillips, wife Barbara and son Hayden welcomed people to "A Community of Lights Christmas at the Grove" at Ahwahnee's Four Square Church last Saturday night.

The display was the idea of Barbara and church member Slade Wheeler and all the decorations and lights were either donated or loaned for the first year project by members of the congregation, that numbers just under 100. It took church volunteers about 10 days to set-up the displays and hang all the lights.

Phillips, who has served as pastor of the church for the past 15 months, said all the work was done to bless the community with the majesty of Christmas and to give families in the Mountain Area something to do during the Christmas season.

Lighted displays include snowmen, a ginger bread house, nativity scene, animated deer and giant tree ornaments.

"It has been our pleasure to offer the families of the community the gift of light this Christmas season," Marc said.

"Don't miss the opportunity to bring your children to recreate the wonder of Christmas," Barbara said.

The church grounds will be open 5-9 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday for free viewing. Hot chocolate and spiced hot cider will be provided by the church along with fire pits and photos with Santa.

Details: The Grove, 42461 Highway 49, (559) 683-7911.

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