Church hosts county service
Christmas can be a painful time for some. It may be the first Christmas without a loved family member who has recently died; it may be a time that has always been difficult.
The constant refrain on the radio and television, in shopping malls and churches, about the happiness of the season, about getting together with family and friends, reminds many people of what they have lost or have never had. The anguish of broken relationships, the insecurity of unemployment, the weariness of ill health, the pain of isolation - all these can make us feel very alone in the midst of the celebrating and spending. We need the space and time to acknowledge our sadness and concern; we need to know that we are not alone. Our spirits sink, as the days grow shorter. We feel the darkness growing deeper around us. We need encouragement to live the days ahead of us. For these reasons, the Stark County Ministerial Association invites area residents to a special Blue Christmas “Longest Night” Service on Sunday, December 20, 2014 at 4 p.m. at the First Congregational Church of Toulon located at 218 North Henderson Street. Come out, and join with us in sharing and hearing prayers, Scripture, music and a message from Pastor Rebecca Klemm of the Wyoming United Methodist Church that acknowledges that God’s presence is for those who mourn, for those who struggle - and that God’s Word comes to shine light into our darkness. Everyone, regardless of church background (or lack of it) is welcome.