The San Marino Community Church nativity pageant is one of five Christmas Eve services held at SMCC. Directed and organized by the Rev. Becca Bateman, associate pastor for Family Ministries, and assisted by church staff and parents Sophia Alecci, Allison Drinkert, Todd Edwards, Victoria Frescura and Elizabeth Kerstein, this year’s pageant’s theme was a spinoff on the biblical Christmas story. With two children pestering their grandparents to tell them the story, “The one about the angels and shepherds, Mary and Joseph and baby Jesus!” Grandpa, played by Ethan Ho and Grandma played by Lyla Medina kept the characters on point. We also heard that the Angel Gabriel played by Harrison Walker probably has “6 trillion followers on Twitter.” All children were invited to be a part of the pageant as little shepherds and little angels in costume. During the children’s message led by Bateman, all the children gathered at the front of the sanctuary and noted how the Christmas story is impactful on so many lives, even Linus from TV’s “A Charlie Brown Christmas” as he is so in awe from reading the story himself that he drops his comfort blankie at the words, “Fear Not” from the angels in Luke 2. Children took home their own glow stick that said, “The Lord is my light,” as a reminder that God is at work as a light through fear and darkness. For more information, visit smccpby.com.