Handbells ring out holiday season

Handbells ring out holiday seasonPlaying bell-ringing songs are Rebecca Willliams, Rachel Williams, Rebecca Kandell, Jennifer Kandell, and Shirley Helmick, part of a musical program at the Catholic Active Duty Congregation of Our Lady of the Desert at the Naval Air Weapons Station, China Lake. The congregation celebrated the beginning of the Christmas season with a Service of Advent Lessons and Carols. Other musicians included Deb Veit, flute; Erica MacArthur, violin; and Cathy Douglas, piano. On Saturday evening, Dec. 1 the congregants of Saint Madeleine Sophie Barat Catholic Church in Trona, Calif., enjoyed the first performance. The service, based on an Anglican Christmas tradition, consisted of seven Biblical readings as well as congregational and choral music. The same service was repeated at the All Faith Chapel on Sunday, Dec. 2, followed by a cookie and punch reception in the East Wing. NAWS Chaplain Lieut. Derrick Horne and Reverend James Dowds, C.Ss. R, presided over both services. Dowds conducted the volunteer adult Christmas choir and the children’s choir in addition to playing the organ. Courtesy photo

Story First Published: 2012-12-12