Christ Lutheran Church program highlights St. Nicholas


By Renee Larr

Christ Lutheran Church in Zionsville will teach children the real story of the most famous 4th century Greek bishop at Breakfast with St. Nicholas, set for 9:30 to 11 a.m. Dec. 3.

Emmett and Thomas Weintraut visit with St. Nicholas. (Submitted photo)
Emmett and Thomas Weintraut visit with St. Nicholas. (Submitted photo)

“It is an observance of St. Nicholas Day on Dec. 6. He is the basis of what we now celebrate as Santa Clause,” said Debi Prather, director of music and faith formation at the church. “We’re offering a full breakfast and activities for kids. St. Nicholas will be there telling stories to kids. There will be a craft station and cookies for them to decorate and take them home. The kids will make a felt hand-puppet and a mobile of St. Nicholas. They can do both or either.”

The event is geared toward children in preschool to second grade. Guests will be asked to remove their shoes when they arrive so that St. Nicholas can fill them with treats. They will be able to have their picture taken in the church’s stable. Anyone can attend the free event. Guests are asked to bring a food donation.

“We’re really doing this more for the community than our own congregation. Anyone is welcome to come,” Prather said. “We’re going to donate our food to the Caring Center in Lebanon. I understand they are really in need right now. We’ll take anything.”

The Caring Center was created in the early 1980s to assist families in need. It’s grown into a multi-service community organization that provides food, clothing and temporary shelter to families in crisis.

The event will operate as an open house so families can come in at any time during the program and don’t have to stay the entire time.

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