Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center to Hold Annual Star Lighting Service

November 25, 2008

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center will hold its annual Christmas star lighting and worship service Tuesday Dec. 2 at 5:30 p.m. at the employee parking lot on Cloverdale Avenue across from the Shell gas station. The public is invited.

This unique outdoor service will be led by Donny Lambeth, interim president of North Carolina Baptist Hospital, and will feature the Medical Center Chorale, a Moravian band and the lighting of the star. Last year, more than 300 people attended the service.
“The star lighting service is a perfect way for my family and me to begin the Christmas season,” said Keith A. Weatherman, associate director of patient financial services at Wake Forest Baptist.

The 31-foot star is anchored to the roof of Wake Forest Baptist’s North Tower. It weighs 3,400 pounds and is constructed of 26 aluminum points attached to an octagonal-shaped center core. The eight- and 11-foot long points are covered with a vinyl-coated nylon mesh. A 150-watt floodlight illuminates each point. The star was constructed in 1992 by Cosco Sign Co. in Lexington and is believed to be one of the largest Moravian stars ever built.

For more information about the service, contact Paul Mullen, director of church and community relations, at (336) 716-3027.

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Media Contacts: Barbara Evans, (336) 716-6877; Bonnie Davis or Shannon Koontz, at (336) 716-4587.

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