For the second year the congregation is holding a live nativity scene, featuring stations such as the manger, three wise men, shepherds and the church choir.
"It's really a group effort," said pastor Scott Wolfram.
He said the idea came from his wife, who had seen elaborate productions of live nativity scenes at her home in Wisconsin. Last year's nativity at the Juneau church featured three small stations. This year the production doubled in size and even includes the inn where visitors can step inside to get warm and enjoy cider and snacks prepared by church members.
"Everyone has taken it upon themselves to help how they can," Wolfram said. "People have been looking forward to this all year."
Photos by Amanda Gragert Jarrett Mahoney stands guard as a Roman soldier at the driveway of Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church.
"It could be a lot colder and at least it's not raining and blowing right now," said Dean Dawson, who portrayed one of the three wise men. "It's worth it though. It's a good way to get to know the people you go to church with on Sundays and share the true meaning of Christmas with the community."
Photos by Amanda Gragert Church members take their place in the manger during the live nativity.
"It maybe gets everyone in the city in the spirit and shows them what it was like a little bit back in the day," Mahoney said.
Wolfram said that planning for the live nativity takes the entire year, and he hopes to see the new tradition continue.
"We're out here as a church to do something for the community," he said.
"We want to be known as the church that does the live nativity, and for families to make us a tradition each year like driving around to see Christmas lights."