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UPDATE: Good Samaritan Replaces Nativity Figures Stolen from Downers Grove Church

A neighbor of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ recently donated an entire nativity scene to the church after five figures were stolen from the previous set.

A kind neighbor has helped a Downers Grove church restore its stolen nativity scene.

Five figures—Mary, Joseph, Baby Jesus and two magi—were stolen from St. Paul's United Church of Christ, 5739 Dunham Road, on Dec. 4. An empty manger and a lone wise man were all that remained of the scene when church staff arrived the next day.

READ: Nativity Figures Stolen from Downers Grove Church

A few days later, a woman who lives nearby contacted the church after reading about the stolen nativity on Downers Grove Patch, said Rev. Kirk Moore, pastor at St. Paul’s.

The woman had an extra nativity set in her garage that she wanted to donate to the church, Moore said. 

"Baby Jesus was stolen," Moore said of the donated set. "Thankfully, we have a spare Baby Jesus figure at the church."

The new figures were mounted Dec. 13. Moore said he was grateful for the neighbor's random act of kindness.

"The generous donors didn't want any recognition, but were just happy that the set would be able to be on display again," Moore said.

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Julie Burke December 21, 2012 at 06:04 PM
Let's hear it for the Good Samaritan. This is a feel good Christmas story. i'm so happy for St. Paul's.
Ruth December 21, 2012 at 08:44 PM
Blessings and gifts abound this holiday season. Pastor Kirk Moore was a blessing to our Sr. lunch with his guitar and look what the next random act that happens this Christmas!!! God will provided!

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