By Kevin Shannahan
A standing room only gathering of worshipers came to First United Methodist Church of Natchitoches’ two traditional candlelight Christmas Eve Services, a beloved and longstanding community tradition. The church was lit by handmade candelabras made by expert woodworker Tommy Covington. FUMC Choir Director Dr. Nicholaus Cummins, soloists Daniela Salas, Orlando Gonzales and Lisa Benner performed several carols while Linda Higginbotham played the organ, FUMC Pastor Rev. Doug de Graffenried led the service assisted by Rev. Clair Carter and Rev. Doug Cain. The service concluded with the congregation singing “Silent Night” as they left the sanctuary with lighted candles.
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