News & Events


Friends of the Creche Board Meeting Highlights

August 10, 2020 Via Zoom

Present: Present: President- Sydne Yanko-Jongbloed (2022), Membership-Marilynn Gillespie (2021), Secretary- Helen Holder (2021), Web Master, 2021 Convention Chair- Neil Allen (2022), Judy Klein (2023), Alvin Strong (2021), Sue Parker ( 2022), Barbara Olson (2022), Ellen Mintz (2022), Frank Walkingshaw (2022), Kathy Cousins (2022), Carol Williams (2022), Treasurer-Toni Conway (ex-officio), Creche Herald- Michael Whalen (ex-officio), Rita Bocher (emeritus), Holly Zenger (emeritus), Judy Davis (emeritus)


President Sydne Yanko-Jongbloed welcomed participants to the ZOOM meeting. Neil Allen opened with prayer.


Treasurer Toni Conway reported a $6391.39 balance in the FOTC checking account. 


Membership chair Marilynn Gillespie reported 330 members. Personal invitations to join work the best.


The next issue of the Creche Herald will have the ballots for the board election. Judy Klein and Marguerite Sullivan are running for the 2 seats. Completed ballots are due back by Oct. 15th.


Neil Allen has been working on the FOTC web site and Facebook page. Check out both and submit your pictures and stories to Neil.


The 2020 Annual Meeting in Newport RI has been canceled due to COVID-19. A virtual meeting  is in the planning stages.


The plans for 2021 Convention in Portland OR are proceeding.

Upcoming Events

  • TBD
    World Crèche Congress
    Time is TBD
    Location is TBD
    UN-FOE-PRAE (Universalis Foederatio Prasepistia) is a gathering of all the Creche societies from Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium. Friends of the Creche are also members and invited to join. Information available at
  • Annual Meeting
    Nov 21, 2020, 1:00 PM EST
    Our Very First (and hopefully our last) Annual Event. FREE!
  • Friends of the Creche Board Meeting
    Nov 14, 2020, 1:00 PM
    Virtual Board Meeting, San Diego, CA, USA
    The Board meets three times per year. This is our virtual meeting. If you have topics for the board to consider - email Sydne Jongbloed <>.

US Exhibits (2019 Dates - No 2020 Dates available)



13thAnnual Nativity Exhibit

Mary & Joseph Retreat Center

5300 Crest Rd., Rancho Palos Verdes, 

Friday, December 6 to 

Sunday, December 22, 2019

No admission, Focus on Joseph 


Santa Clara

Our Lady of Peace Catholic

2800 Mission College Blvd.

Check for dates and times:



Knights of Columbus Museum

1 State St.

New Haven, CT

Nov. 15 to Feb 2

Christmas in Europe



Franciscan Nativity Festival

December 6 (2-7pm)

December 7 noon to 4

December 8 noon to 4


Chiara Center

4875 LaVema Road

Springfield, Illinois 62707




Friends of St. Alphonsus International Creche Exhibt

2025 Constance St

New Orleans

Sundays - Noon -4 p.m., M-F 10a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday 10a.m. - 4 p.m.

Begins Dec 1, 2019, Closes December 8


Complimentary Admission 




La Salette Shrine Light and Creche display

Nov. 28-Jan 5

5 to 9 daily. Donations welcome





Holy Faith Episcopal/Lutheran Church

6299 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd

Dec 7, 10 to 5 pm

No admission, ample parking.


The Church of Jesus Christ of Later Day Saints

1700 W. Sugnet, Midland, MI

900 Sets from around the world

Dec 6,7 & 8   - 11 a.m.-9p.m.

Dec 7 @ 7 p.m. Christmas Concert

MCFTA Camerita Singers & The Covenant Ringers of Memorial Presbyterian Church

No Admission Charge

New Mexico,


Sandia Presbyterian church


Old San Ysidro Church
966 Old Church Road 
Corrales, New Mexico 87048

Dec 14 & 15, 10-5 pm






University of Dayton Marian Library

A Labor of Love

Dec 2 through Jan 12

Check link for times and more info.



Harrisburg 18th Annual Creche Festival

Colonial Park United Church of Christ

5000 Devonshire Road (717-545-3782)

Dec. 6, 1 PM - 7 PM, Dec.  7, 10 AM - 7 PM, Dec.8, 8-4




Bible Museum on the Square

Mid November through early January


Bethlehem in Denton (Between Dallas and Oklahoma)

 Over 3,600 depictions of the Infant Jesus and company. Viewings daily by appointment only.  Groups up to 10 persons maximum. (Phone: 940-231-4520  -


Well spring United Methodist Church

(Nativities on display from many countries

Georgetown, TX 78633

6200 Williams Dr.

Fri. Dec. 6, 3 to 8 pm

Sat Dec. 7, 9:30 am to 8 pm (no admission fee)




Menomonee Falls

Holy Cross Lutheran Church, ELCA

Year ‘round Joy to the World collection

W 156, N8131 Pilgrim Rd

Mon-Thurs. 1-3 pm Sun 7:45 -10am

Guided tours by apt 262-251-2740

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