Faith Christian School in Kearney turns to technology, many volunteers to tell meaning of Christmas | Local News

Nicole Norton

Nicole Norton, a school mother, sings “God with us”. Her solo in the video is timed to match outside lights.

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Faithful Christian students did a live nativity scene every year, but bitter temperatures and strong winds often made this problematic. So in 2019 a committee suggested making a video instead. But how this works remained sketchy.

Wilkinson happened upon Charlie Brown’s lavish light and sound exhibit on 14th Avenue and turned to Bill Bebb, who is collaborating with five or six of his neighbors on the exhibit.

“Susi found me,” he giggled. “She saw me on 14th Avenue and asked if I would be interested in helping the school. She said they used to have a living crib, but they wanted to do something different. ”He had no connection with the school but asked for details. All he said was that “they wanted a program with children,” he agreed to sit down and speak.


Brad Brandt of Brad L. Brandt Construction LLC was responsible for the frames.

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Bebb has been with EnviroTech Services based in Greeley, Colorado for 19 years. An expert in automated de-icing systems and technology, he has trained de-icing teams and worked on de-icing bridges in Nebraska, the United States and Europe. He said modestly, “I’ve just learned a lot over the years.”

For help, he called his neighbor Chet Klimczak, who lives on 13th Avenue, another street with an impressive apartment building vacation display with three or four songs, a Christmas message, and more. “He had newer technology that could display video ads with changing colors,” said Bebb.