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Christmas Eve Service at Lowdermilk Park 2011

The Shepard family enjoyed some beach time before the celebration- John, Debbie, Allie and Cason.   Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Daily News.

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The Shepard family enjoyed some beach time before the celebration- John, Debbie, Allie and Cason. Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Daily News.

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  • Attendees helped light one another's candles to close a packed Lowdermilk Christmas Eve celebration.   Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Daily News.
  • Carl Lundquist along with Lynn and Nicolle Peterson enjoyed dinner together.  Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Daily News.
  • Richard Theurer as St. Nicholas educating kids on the history of Christmas and wife Donna at the annual Lowdermilk Christmas Eve celebration.  Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Daily News.
  • The band and choir delivered traditional Christmas songs to a large appreciate congregation at  the annual Lowdermilk Christmas Eve celebration.  Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Daily News.
  • Korina Knoll of Germany was on hand with her Mom and sister.  Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Daily News.
  • Ladies and gentleman of the Celebration Church Choir.    Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Daily News.
  • Peter Marsh and Linda Krehling of Mega Ministries Celebration Church pose on stage.  Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Daily News.
  • The Shepard family enjoyed some beach time before the celebration- John, Debbie, Allie and Cason.   Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Daily News.
  • Roger and Susan Lawson of Naples along with children and grandchildren visiting for the holidays.  Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Daily News.
  • Prior to Mass attendees enjoyed a spectacular Naples sunset.  Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Daily News.
  • A sea of candles marked the closing moments of the celebration.   Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Daily News.
  • Pastor Gene gave a sometimes funny, sometimes serious but always well received sermon.   Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Daily News.
  • The stage and celebration service as seen by the crowd.     Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Daily News.
  • The opening song to the annual Lowdermilk Christmas Eve celebration.  Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Daily News.
  • Poinsettias fronted the stage in warm Christmas fashion at  the annual Lowdermilk Christmas Eve celebration.  Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Daily News.
  • Lowdermilk Park- the scene of the annual Christmas Eve celebration.  Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Daily News.

A huge crowd swelled to capacity for the annual Christmas Eve celebration at Lowdermilk Park.  Many began the evening on the beach and were treated to a classic sunset.  At dark the service got underway with music by the Mega Ministries Celebration Church and help from the Holy Mackerels Band.  A well received sermon was delivered and the event closed with the lighting of a candle by each individual in attendance. 

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