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    Author: Raymond Gratton

    Category: The Pulse - 2017.45 Issue 45, The Pulse - 2017.46 Issue 46, The Pulse - 2017.47 Issue 47, The Pulse 2017

    Do You Anticipate Blue Holidays?

    THE STEPHEN MINISRTY OF WEFC WILL HOST its eighth annual Service of Comfort and Hope on Sunday, December 3 at 4:00 pm. The service is especially planned during the holiday season, when the association with happiness and good cheer can often cause people who are dealing with heartbreaking circumstances to feel discouraged. This service is for people who are experiencing sadness or losses from past or present life challenges such as job loss, broken or strained relationships, death of a loved one, suffering, pain, or the emptiness of missing family members or close friends. It provides an opportunity for acknowledging pain and sadness, but also encourages those who attend to move from loss to hope. It is the desire of our Stephen Ministry to help bring comfort and hope to hurting hearts, so the “blue” will not be as apparent in the holidays.

    The service this year will give a special tribute to the hurricane victims of Texas, Louisiana, Florida, Puerto Rico and the surrounding Islands, as well the victims and families affected by the recent mass shootings in our country. Our own Rev. Daniel Warriner, Masonicare Partners Hospice Chaplain, will be participating in the service and sharing insights on "The Seasons of Grief and Loss."

    The Service of Comfort and Hope provides an opportunity for people to be in the presence of God; to acknowledge their grief, despair, and loneliness, and give it to Him. Especially during the holidays, it's helpful to remember that Jesus is the Son of God and that He is the source of our strength as we face difficult issues. Refreshments will be served after the service and Stephen Ministers will be available for those who are in need of prayer. We ask that you RSVP here, or to the church office at 860-563-8286.

    For more information about Stephen Ministry, visit their website.