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Florence Baptist Temple Living Christmas Tree nourishes spirits, needy

December 2, 2018

FLORENCE, S.C. — Florence Baptist Temple sang in the Christmas season on Saturday with the 25th annual performance of its living Christmas tree — the second of three such performances.

“We have our choir, about 130 voices, positioned in a Christmas Tree and our orchestra and we do a concert of beautiful Christian Christmas music for about an hour and 25 minutes,” said Bill Monroe, pastor for Florence Baptist Temple.

The cost of admission to the concert is food for the needy to be distributed to area agencies that, in turn, distribute it to their clients, Monroe said.

“We typically take in 10-12 tons of food,” Monroe said.

“It has a purpose as well as ushering in the Christmas season for the community,” Monroe said of the food, which was stacked up at the church’s entrances as well as along walls in an adjacent building.

The church will put on one more performance of the tree at 7 p.m. today.

The church is on South Irby Street in Florence at the intersection with Frank Monroe Drive.

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