From “Christmas Eve: Beer & Hymns” at a local Brewery to the traditional candlelight service and a contemporary style service, families had an eclectic range of choices this Christmas Eve at Natchitoches’ First United Methodist Church. For the traditional candlelight service, the church was illuminated by handmade candelabras made by expert woodworker Tommy Covington. FUMC Choir Director, Dr. Nicholaus Cummins, was joined by his wife Whitney Cummins in leading the congregation in “Silent Night”. The couple also each performed several solos during the service. Roxanne Lane was the organist. FUMC Pastor Gary Willis led all three services. Both services at FUMC concluded with the congregation singing “Silent Night” as they left the sanctuary with lighted candles.
Families from First United Methodist Church were joined by community members for the second “Christmas Eve: Beer and Hymns” held at a local Brewery. The congregation sang hymns, listened to scripture readings and stayed afterwards for fellowship.