MVLC Bible School

Jennifer Sheldon teaches six and seven-year-olds learn a song and dance during the Mountain View Lutheran Church's Vacation Bible School on Monday, June 24, 2013.

[David Jolkovski/AFN]

Mountain View Lutheran Church will be hosting its inaugural Fabulous Fall Festival tomorrow for the entire community.

The event will be in the church’s courtyard, 11002 S. 48th St., from 2 to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26, where there will be entertainment for the entire family.

The festival will end just before the church’s Saturday night worship, where individuals who attend the fall festival are welcome to attend church services.

Janice Zimbelman, Christian discipleship director, said the church had hosted a similar event in the past.

“Whether you have means or struggling, we wanted this to be welcome and opened to everyone,” Zimbelman said.

At first, the idea for the Fall Festival was limited to children and parents who attend Sunday school at the church, but Zimbelman and her colleagues made the decision to open the event for free to the public.

“We wanted to not only open it up to all of our congregation, but to the community as well so it would become an outreach event,” Zimbelman said. “That way we can gather together as a community, not just as a community of faith at Mountain View Lutheran Church, but as a whole in Ahwatukee just to have a lot of fun.”

Some of the festivities will include line dancing, cupcake walks, pumpkin painting, carnival-themed attractions, and much more.

Musical performances will be provided by Spirits Surge and Desert Vista High School’s Jazz and Madrigal Choir.

“It’s a way to celebrate being a community and a family. As a congregation we consider ourselves family, even though we are not biologically related, so we like to come together to celebrate being together,” Zimbelman said. “We just want to create an atmosphere that will do that for the entire community.”

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