Foothills Baptist Church in Ahwatukee Foothills is gearing up for its sixth year of The Living Christmas Tree event next month.

Continuing in tradition, the church will be hosting the free event that features the living tree, music from its orchestra and choir, as well as a small drama production.

The Living Christmas Tree is made up of 75 to 80 choir members with synchronized lights, the main feature of the event that opens with a “Broadway-style” introduction.

“It’s always a little different,” Craig Anderson, worship pastor, said of the theme and music selection.

Along with the event’s non-traditional style of music, Anderson said he likes to incorporate modern-day dramas. In past years, the church has used scenes like war soldiers returning home to deal with the deaths of friends or loved ones. This year, the skit will be about a successful businessman who finds himself losing his fortune, drowning his sorrows in alcohol, and then meeting Jesus through born-again, ex-convict janitors.

“Most of our dramas have always been current, modern situations so people can understand what ‘Emmanuel’ means,” Anderson said.

Emmanuel, meaning “God with us,” comes from the Bible, and according to Anderson, makes Jesus relevant in everyday life.

“(The skit) is a little corny and a little expected, but it works,” Anderson said. “There’s a good bit of humor in it this year.”

The event is open to the entire community, free of charge. Refreshments will be available after the show as well as the opportunity to donate to Family Promise, which helps homeless and low-income families.

Show times at Foothills Baptist Church, 15450 S. 21st St., will be at 7 p.m. on Dec. 7, 8 and 9.

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