The Living Water Full Gospel Church held its 21st annual Christmas pageant featuring singing and dancing by members of the congregation Sunday afternoon.
“The Wonder of Christmas” included about 100 performers, ushers, stage techs and crew, said pastor Rick Saladon, who was selling 50/50 raffle tickets dressed as “Buddy” from the movie Elf. The show featured tap dancing and singing performances of more than a dozen songs.
A portion of the show’s proceeds will go to help those less fortunate members of the community, said senior pastor George Dupree. Pastor George said the church has raised more than $80,000 in the 21-year run of the show.
A moment of silence was held as the show began to honor the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in Connecticut on Friday. In a prayer before the show, Pastor George asked God to bring “grace…wisdom, understanding, consolation and help” to those affected by the tragedy.
It might seem odd to be celebrating the holiday season after such a tragedy, he said, but added that now is when it is most important to have faith.
“It is so vital and so necessary to show God and the light of God’s love to the world,” he said.
Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated Pastor Rick’s last name as Thompson. His name is Rick Saladon.