Bayside Chapel events put a twist on the holiday


From music to the Christmas story, Bayside Chapel near Selbyville is offering modern holiday fun for the whole family this Sunday.

The events begin with the Itzel family in concert at 10:45 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 18. Based in Frederick, Md., the Itzels have traveled across the country, performing original and popular songs.

Bill and Karen Itzel began singing together more than 20 years ago, eventually joined by their children, Jessica, Ryan and Shannon.

The singing and songwriting family gave an energetic performance at Bayside Chapel last year, said Tonja Sas, church treasurer. They will play a Christmas-themed concert, accompanied by their own instruments.

“We loved them so much that we decided to have them back,” said Sas. “We’re looking forward to it.”

The Itzels have written 200 original songs and have performed 3,000 concerts in major venues and intimate church settings. Bill Itzel has been nominated for two Grammy and two Dove awards. People of all ages can enjoy the show.

Bayside Chapel can be contacted at (302) 436-7585. The family’s music is available online at www.BillAndKarenItzel.com.

Holiday celebrations will continue Sunday night, Dec. 18, with “One Night in Bethlehem,” a retelling of the Nativity from the shepherds’ perspective.

“When you read the Bible, you never see the shepherd point of view,” said Sas.

The event begins at 5:30 p.m. with a potluck dinner. Families and individuals are being invited to bring a covered dish for the meal. The church will provide chicken or ham.

After dinner, people can hear the story of Jesus’ birth from the other side of the manger. Children can enjoy the interactive event, using “gold coins” to pay the census-taker. There will be a live Nativity, and they can create and take home a wooden Nativity ornament and have souvenir pictures taken, which Bayside will mail to the families.

“We’re trying to appeal to families, but anyone can come,” said Sas. “It’s going to be a packed day.”

All events will be free and open to the public. A love offering will be taken.

“We’re really trying to reach out to the community,” said Sas. “We’re looking forward to getting people in the community to experience Christmas – the real meaning of Christmas.”

Bayside Chapel is located just off Route 54 in Williamsville Industrial Park at 38288 London Avenue, six miles west of Coastal Highway and five miles from Main Street in Selbyville.

For additional information, call Bayside Chapel at (302) 436-7585, visit www.BaysideChapel.com or email baysidechapelumc@verizon.net.