Dear business owner, 

Thanks for checking out this page. We are excited to bring people together in our community for a free and fun family experience that is sure to be a Christmastime memory maker. Please see below on what we are doing, why it is important in this season and how you & your business can be part of something special as we work together to support foster care families in our city.

Salem Angels is a new non-profit ministry that wraps community around children and families experiencing foster care by offering consistent support through intentional giving, relationship building, and mentorship.  They desire to change the staggering statistics and reach every child through their two programs The Love Box and Dare to Dream which allow volunteers and mentors to walk alongside and care for the children and families within Marion County. We are creating a long-term relationship with Salem Angels to continue to help them as the foster care crisis in our community continues to grow. 

Where is the light in the world?

There are so many challenges in our community like COVID-19, the recent wildfires, the economy, and isolation from the things and people we love. People are craving opportunities to get together and experience joy. They are looking for way to escape heavy burdens, even if it’s just for a few minutes. They want to connect relationally and the need for that will only increase as we get closer to the Christmas season.

We believe we have an answer for these needs.

Morning Star Community Church is ready to create an experience that will lift people’s spirits and give them continuity with something joyful – Christmas lights. This will not be an ordinary Christmas lights display, but will be an original story, musical score, and narration from the perspective of an elf on a journey to find his place of belonging. Each visitor will drive alongside the elf as he learns what it means to belong and find true joy.

There isn’t anything quite like this in the entire Salem area. We’re providing fun for the whole family from the safety of their own car. This is a season of change and uncertainty so we want to make the best of it as this can be a positive way to make new memories and start new traditions.

Morning Star has a secure and experienced staff that have run multiple large events in the last few years. In 2019 we did a Trunk-Or-Treat with nearly 970 people in attendance in one day. In 2017, we had 950 people on our campus for a two day international event during the Solar Eclipse. Our property has plenty of space for hundreds of vehicles and our location off of Kuebler Blvd is perfect for high visibility and easy access to I-5.

Here’s where you come in.

We have the story, concept, staff, location, heart, and energy to create this 11 day Christmas experience that will reach thousands of people. This is a high value partnership opportunity for you. With 11 different dates throughout December and an estimated minimum of 200 cars per night with just 3 people in each car, we can expect at least 6,600 people and we hope for more. It will be a community-wide event. We are presenting you with an opportunity to build unity in our community, bring joy, and promote your business in a tax-deductible way. Not only is this an experience that can have a positive impact in our community right away, but it is sustainable and can continue to grow in the years to come.

We are excited to connect with you soon regarding this opportunity. Please feel free to reach out to me any time by email at or by calling our church offices at 503.581.2477. I will get back to you as soon as possible.

We hope you will partner with us for this light-giving experience!

Yours Truly,

Jared Boltman
Associate Pastor and
The Lights at Morning Star Leadership Team

You can give to support this mission here.

An unfinished mock up of what one of eight scenes of the story could look like. It isn’t a final version, but gives you an idea of the scope of the project. For perspective those bushes are around 8-9 feet tall.