St. James Episcopal Church invites the community to hear Joseph’s version of the Christmas story on Sunday.

The evening begins at 6 p.m. with a catered spaghetti dinner in Bishops Hall. Afterward, children and younger teens will make Advent wreaths and participate in other Advent-themed activities, while older teens and adults watch John Maxwell’s one-man show, “Joseph, Father to the Stepson,” at 7 p.m. Maxwell will greet guests over coffee after the performance.

Maxwell holds a master’s degree in theater from the University of Mississippi, received a Tennessee Williams Scholarship to study play-writing at the Sewanee Writer’s Conference and received the 1992 Susan B. Herron Playwriting Fellowship of the Mississippi Arts Commission. His plays include “The Salvation of Sunshine Billy” and “Buck-nekkid.”

He is the founder of the nonprofit Fish Tales Group, which revitalizes interest in the Bible through original drama. Maxwell is the creator of “The Religious Monologues,” which bring to life biblical characters including Joseph.

Reservations are required. Cost is $10 per adult; children eat and attend kids activities at no charge. Go to or visit the church offices at 205 N. Fourth St. during business hours.