Multnomah Bible College's music ministry department is putting on its second "Birthday Celebration for Jesus" Christmas production. The celebration will feature Multnomah's Ambassador Choir, band, and orchestra. In this year's celebration, Multnomah's own professor, Garry Friesen, author of Decision Making and the Will of God, will be sharing stories from his life as it interrelates to the Christmas story. Differing from the 2004 Christmas Celebration, this year's program will include more artistic diversity and more fine tuned technological features.
Professor Miriam Gibby, the music ministry studies advisor, desires first and foremost that Jesus will be exalted and honored through this event. She also desires that the result of having different departments in Multnomah work together will lead to newly formed relationships and a newfound appreciation for each other.
People attending the celebration will enjoy the taste of being treated like guests at a party, having hosts and hostesses greet them as they arrive and bid them farewell as they leave. "The goal is for everyone attending [the celebration] to experience a personal touch from at least one host or hostess," Professor Gibby said.
Live music will play as the hosts and hostesses welcome the guests to the celebration. They will have the opportunity to visit a live manger scene complete with a live "baby Jesus." During the celebration, visitors will be on a musical journey into the heart of Christmas and the beauty of celebrating the birthday of Jesus. Guests will also enjoy a sculptor create a piece of artwork right in the midst of the concert. At the end of the celebration, attendees will enjoy a cupcake reception where the children will receive a special surprise bag to take home with them. Free babysitting will be available for children ages 4 and under.
Admission is free so that everyone is welcome. "I desire that this event will be a gift to the Montavilla Community," Professor Gibby said. "We will actively work to invite people from the community to be there. Last time we had a good showing from the community."
The "Birthday Celebration for Jesus" will be held in Central Bible Church on Glisan Street, next door to Multnomah Bible College and Biblical Seminary. It is scheduled for one performance on Friday, December 1 at 7 p.m., and two performances on Saturday, December 2 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. For more information, contact the Multnomah Music Department at 503.251.5390.