This year, the “Lights for Jesus” luminary display will be held on Saturday, Dec. 15, staring at 5:30 p.m. and continuing until 11 p.m. Golf Course Acres is on the west end of town at the end of West G Street. Enter the subdivision from U.S. Highway 321 onto West G then turn right into the neighborhood on Sabine Street. You can use 2304 Eagle Drive as a destination point on your GPS.
Follow the luminaries, which are paper bags filled with a few inches of sand inside the bag. The sand not only keeps the bag from blowing away, but holds a candle upright. Each of the candles will be lit as the sun sets. The candlelight causes the entire bag to glow. With 6,000 luminaries put out by 150 residents all along the edges of the streets, it creates quite a site, in addition to the beautiful Christmas decorations on the homes.
The neighbors spend a lot of time making the luminaries and coordinating the event. The luminaries line every street in Golf Course Acres from Sabine to Armour Drive. The residents want everyone in the region to come out and see the display.
The event began in 1979 when Becky Magill and the Golf Course Acres Children’s Bible Club decided to have a club project to celebrate Jesus’ birthday. They had a birthday party and went out and helped their family and neighbors set out the luminaries. They rang bells and called out “Light your Lights for Jesus.” Those children have grown up and several come back every year with their own children to help with the project. Eleven block leaders distribute luminary supplies. Pat and Joyce Sweeney serve as the project coordinators.
They said the goals for this special night is ”to bring glory to God as we celebrate the birth of His Son. Jesus is the true meaning of Christmas. We would like for you to join us in prayer for God’s blessings and protection for our neighbors, family, community and nation. Also, pray for our United States military, emergency personnel, educators, children, victims of natural disasters and missionaries around the world.”