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First Lutheran Church to hold Epiphany event in Parkersburg

First Lutheran Church, 1701 19th St., Parkersburg, is hosting its Epiphany event, a large bonfire to burn Christmas greenery, 7 p.m. Monday. (File Photo)

PARKERSBURG — First Lutheran Church, 1701 19th St., Parkersburg, is hosting its Epiphany event, a large bonfire to burn Christmas greenery, 7 p.m. Monday.

Epiphany is the traditional service of celebration held on the 13th day after the birth of Christ, the day the wise men, the first foreigners to recognize Christ as their King and Messiah, arrived in Bethlehem to worship the newborn child, First Lutheran said.

The custom at First Lutheran is to use the service written by the Lutheran Church in Tanzania for its annual Epiphany celebration. African drum percussionists will participate in the service.

Following the service will be the bonfire with the traditional burning of the greens on the First Lutheran Community Garden lot adjacent to the church. All of the greens used to decorate the church for the Christmas season, along with many trees contributed by church members and neighbors, will be put on the bonfire for a closing for the Christmas season.

The Parkersburg Fire Department will be on hand for this bonfire.

During the bonfire, hot chocolate and cookies will be served. Everyone is invited to join in this service of celebration and stay for the bonfire, First Lutheran said.

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