It was standing room only at Natchitoches’ First Baptist Church of 2nd Street as they carried on a local holiday tradition of over 25 years with their two night production of “The Joy of Christmas” Friday Dec 7th and Sunday Dec 9th. Dr. Alan Shoumaker, Minister of Music and Worship, led a musical group of 60 singers, 20 orchestra members, 25 dramatists and 35 children. The group performed 15 carols and hymns. Pastor Tommy Rush also delivered a Christmas Blessing. Planning for the concerts started in September, but the event is never far from Dr. Shoumaker’s mind throughout the year. The concert is a beloved local tradition that draws performers and audience from around the area and is a mainstay of many families’ Christmas plans.
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