Faith Briefs

Widowed, separated and divorced support group starts Jan. 13

Beginning Experience of SW MN/Marshall, a peer ministry support group for widowed, separated and divorced people is offering its “Coping With Life Alone” series for 10 weeks beginning Jan. 13, at 6:30 p.m. at First Lutheran Church in Marshall. For more information contact: swmnbe@gmail.com or Laurie 507-829-4004, Tim 507-530-6379, MaryAnn 507-828-2866.

Baby Jesus goes missing from popular Florida nativity scene

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — On the sixth day of Christmas, Baby Jesus vanished from his manger in a popular nativity scene at a Florida park — right under the noses of Mary, Joseph and bowing kings.

The disappearance of the replica startled 8-year-old Nate Takacs, who had rushed to get a glimpse of angels and the infant Savior only to find an empty crib at the display at Dorothy B. Oven Park in Tallahassee. The park each year hosts a well-trafficked and colorful Christmas display.

“When I saw the barn and the angels and the kings bowing down, I ran to see what Baby Jesus looks like,” Nate recalled Tuesday.

“Why would they take Baby Jesus? It’s a big sin,” he told The Associated Press.

He rushed back to his parents, who alerted city officials via Twitter.