Joseph proposes to Mary at Michigan Nativity scene

Blumfield Township — Joseph proposed marriage to Mary — in Michigan.

Joe Maurer and Kate Heinlein recently became engaged during a break from portraying the parents of Jesus Christ. They were re-enacting the Nativity for thousands of people at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Blumfield Township, near Saginaw.

Maurer and Heinlein met in 2013 while also cast as Joseph and Mary. He got her phone number and eventually asked her for a date. They now live separately in the Kalamazoo area and plan to get married next fall.

Dressed as Joseph, Maurer dropped to one knee to propose to Heinlein. They were taking a break and warming up from being outside in the live Nativity scene. Their families watched the big moment.

Heinlein said she and Maurer are thankful the engagement occurred “during this amazing season.”