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This fall, instead of having an Oktoberfest and a comic-con as two separate events, Ascension Lutheran Church is combining them into one event called Contoberfest.
The event is 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 27; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 28; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 29. The event will be held on the campus of Ascension Lutheran Church, 2512 Nash St. N. in Wilson.
Partnering once again with comic book artist Louis Small Jr., the event will feature vendor displays, local artists and writers with their wares on display and for sale and free comic books provided by sponsors on the inside of the building.
In addition, there will be a raffle for various geek-related items, the opportunity for cosplay (dressing up as your favorite genre character) with a grand finale contest, and various discussions and panels.
Friday night will also offer a free viewing of the recent movie “Shazam.”
On Saturday, there will be many outdoor activities for the children, including face painting, pumpkin decorating, carnival games with prizes and a program by Wild Animal Encounters.
There will also be food and drinks available the whole weekend.
On Sunday morning, there will be a special worship service themed to comics/sci-fi utilizing the images, language and metaphors common to these many multi-verses in order to recognize and give thanks for the very gift of the creativity behind everything shared, said Zach Harris, church pastor.
“This is the very type of outreach that Martin Luther utilized in his own ministries using the most current and popular means of reaching out for the Gospel,” he said.
This event is a love offering from the Ascension Lutheran congregation to the Wilson community, and there will be no admission fee, Harris said.
There will be collection jars available for free will donations designated for Veteran Residential Services of Wilson, a non-profit organization providing assistance for veterans with housing needs.
“It will be a great time to see how many and various the gifts are that God has given the creative folks of the world and to show how very readily they can be used to illustrate the good news that God has given each and every person through word, image, and conversation.”