SUMMERVILLE — A few pieces of Christmas were stolen from Nick Frasher's driveway this week.
Five painted panels for Crossroads Community Church's annual production, "When Love Came Down," had been stored in a utility trailer at Frasher's house. As a creative arts minister, he has spent months working with volunteers to create backgrounds for the production with a cast of more than 70 people. But he went outside his Twin Oaks subdivision home Tuesday morning to discover that the trailer — and the labor of love inside — had vanished.
Now, volunteers are working frantically to help replace five missing plywood panels. A contractor is even buying the wood so volunteers can repaint it.
"I bet whoever stole it was very surprised when they opened it up," Frasher said Wednesday. "Response from our church body and the community has just been overwhelming to get this set replaced."
Frasher, retired from the Air Force, and his wife, Barbara, have put on similar productions for years. They have been doing them at Crossroads, a Southern Baptist church on Gahagan Road, for 12 years.
The shows about the birth and resurrection of Jesus are illustrated with bright props and colorful characters. The stolen panels depict the inn.
In the past, up to 3,000 children and adults have attended the show. This year's performances were scheduled for Dec. 12 and 13.
By the beginning of this week, Frasher already had taken most of the panels to the church. But five remained inside his Pace American trailer, which is tannish-beige with a black top. He had locked the doors and put a padlock on the hitch.
He even parked it in a tight space, between his Jeep and his garage. Even so, somebody managed to remove it between Monday night and Tuesday.
But that's the least of his worries. He's focused on the show.
"We harbor no ill feelings toward whoever took it," Frasher said. "We would just like them to realize it was full of children's stuff."
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