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PRESS RELEASE: 10th annual Springfield IL Nativity Scene event
Please see Press Release attached, and copied below.
Friends and patriots,
It is with great pleasure that I can help announce the 10th annual Springfield, IL Nativity Scene event. All are invited to Springfield to participate and support religious freedom in the public square. Many of our affiliated groups have labored long and hard to preserve this freedom. Let’s give them our full support.
Remember that a right not exercised and defended is waiting to be abolished by Leftism and Cultural Marxism.
Please help by forwarding this notice to your email contacts. The Press Release attached, and copied below, can also be posted to Facebook and distributed to churches to help publicize this important event.
Springfield Nativity Scene Committee
904 21st St., # 71, Lincoln, IL 62656
SPRINGFIELD—On Tuesday, November 28th, 2017, the Springfield Nativity Scene Committee (SNSC) will again host a display depicting the birth of Jesus Christ. For the tenth year in a row, the crèche will stand in the center of the State Capitol Rotunda Building located at South 2nd Street & East Capitol Avenue in Springfield, Illinois.
The SNSC’s primary goal is to celebrate the birth of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. The secondary mission of the SNSC is to inform the public and media regarding the constitutionality of such expressions of religious faith in the public square.
In 2008, the SNSC made history when the Illinois Sec. of State’s office granted a permit to the group, allowing a Nativity Scene to go on display in the Capitol for the first time in state history. Since 2008, 13 other states have followed Illinois’ lead. The crèche will stand in the center of the Illinois Rotunda, in accordance with the U.S. Constitution which provides for such religious expression in the public square–as long as such displays are privately-funded and temporary in nature.
The Nativity Scene will hold a ceremony beginning at 12 Noon until 1 P.M. on Tuesday, November 28th, 2017. Christmas carols will be performed by The Ensemble of Springfield. An invocation will be given by the Rev. Bernie Lutchman of Business Men In Christ (Springfield) and an SNSC member.
Among those scheduled to speak are Tom Brejcha, Founder and Chief Counsel of the Thomas More Society Pro-Life Law Center and SNSC’s legal counsel; Pastor Greg Wooten of Hope Chapel in Lincoln and Father Charles Edwards of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield. The Nativity scene will be on display during normal business hours from November 28th through January 2nd, 2018.
First responder Chaplain Steve Holden of Wreaths Across America & veteran Rosemary Connolly will honor our military by placing a wreath in front of the five flags representing all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces. This will mark the group’s sixth year with the SNSC.
Musicians and singers are encouraged to sing Christmas carols near the Nativity scene when the Capitol is open. A permit is required. If interested, please contact Salli Chernis with Sec. of State Jesse White’s office, Department of Physical Services / Division of Special Events at 217-782-8996. NOTE: Music is limited to the noon hour.
For more info, please contact Julie Zanoza at 217-735-0431
or call the Thomas More Society at 312-782-1680.
Thank you for your support.