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CUMC offers ‘Blue Christmas’ service

Each year, on winter solstice, the shortest day and longest night of the year, Pastor Don Ford at Community United Methodist Church offers a special non-traditional “Blue Christmas” service at 6 p.m.

This year the service will be held on Thursday, Dec. 21.

What is a “Blue Christmas” service?

While Christmas is a time of joy, laughter and celebration of the happiest time of the year for most people, there are still many who are not feeling joyful — those who are burdened with personal loss, sad memories, illness or other troubling situations.

Anyone in the community who has feelings of sadness for any reason is invited to attend this inspirational evening.

This is a service that will offer hope, comfort and inspiration. It is not intended to provide you with the “magic” to overcome all your feelings of sadness. Rather, it is a service that will validate those feelings and - assure you that it is OK to feel the way you do when others around you are lighthearted and cheerful.

Your situations are often unique, but your feelings are much the same. This is a service that will address your feelings and let you know that you are not alone in your grief, suffering or sadness.

This non-traditional service will include time for meditation and a message that will help those in attendance see that there is hope for the future.

For answers to any questions you might have, or for more information about this service, call the church office, 264-5508, Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or on Friday morning.