Christmas carolers gather in Oysterville Sunday

Oysterville's historic church will host Christmas carolers this Sunday.

OYSTERVILLE — The Bayside Singers will host their annual Christmas Carol Gathering in the historic Oysterville Church on Sunday, Dec. 18 at 3 p.m.

“It’s not a ‘performance’ or a ‘service.’ It’s just a ‘gathering’ to sing about Christmas,” according to organizer Diane Buttrell. “Barbara Bate will play the piano and we are hoping there will be a full house of carolers to sing the time-honored yuletide songs in this marvelous setting.”

From the church’s well-worn hymnals, selections such as “Joy to the World,” “Angels We Have Heard on High,” and “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” are among those on the program. In addition, words will be provided for a few of the more ‘modern’ carols such as “I’ll Be Home for Christmas.”

In between, Susan Holway and Dorothy Jackson will share a few Christmas memories. As in the past, Dobbie Wiegardt will read “The Christmas Story” from the Gospel of St. Luke and then his daughter, Teresa Goodwin, will join him on the dais to sing “What Child is This?”

Highlighting the afternoon, the Bayside Singers under the direction of Barbara Poulshock will sing three numbers, “Soli Deo Gloria,” “Baby Born a King” and “Alleluia.”

Peninsula residents and visitors of all ages who enjoy the music of the season are urged to attend and partake of this holiday opportunity.

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