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Living Christmas Tree performances continue this weekend
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Members of the First Baptist Church of Gainesville perform during the Living Christmas Tree Thursday night at the First Baptist Church in Gainesville. This was the First Baptist Church's 15th year performing the Living Christmas Tree. - photo by Erin O. Smith

Performances of the annual Living Christmas Tree at First Baptist Church of Gainesville began Thursday and will run through Sunday.
“Our goal is to remind people of the prophecy of the coming of the Messiah and to celebrate God’s revealing himself to us through the birth, the life and sacrifice of Jesus Christ,” said Mark Green, associate pastor of music at the church on Green Street.
The event includes a choir, choreographed lighting and orchestra.
Remaining performances are at 7:30 p.m. today; 4:30 p.m. Saturday; and 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday. Get free tickets by calling 678-677-8064 or visiting