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December 20, 2013

Church News: Dec. 21

Contemplative Christmas Service set for Sunday

ANDERSON — First Presbyterian Church, 230 W. Ninth St., will hold its Contemplative Christmas on Sunday at 7 p.m. in the parlor.

The longest night of the year falls near Dec. 22, and the evening will be a service of scripture, stories, special music, silent reflection and healing prayer.

The Contemplative Christmas service is a time to recognize that Christmas can be a bittersweet time of the year. The constant refrain heard about getting together with family reminds many of what and who they have lost, or what they 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 much alone in the midst of the festive season. All of this is compounded by the deepening darkness of the year. We need space and time to acknowledge our sadness and concern.

Christmas Eve service scheduled

ANDERSON — Madison Park Church of God invites the community to its Christmas Eve service on Dec. 24 at 9 p.m.

The service features a sing-along of favorite holiday songs and carols, a re-telling of the Christmas Story and a candle lighting ceremony.

Dress is casual. Children are welcome to attend in their pajamas.

The church is located at Columbus Avenue and E 67th Street in Anderson.

Information: 642-2000 or visit www.MadisonParkChurch.org.

Old-fashioned Christmas celebration

MIDDLETOWN — The 14th annual Christmas Eve candlelight ceremony at "The Church at Crossroads" will be held at 10 p.m. Dec. 24.

Gary McManus of Daleville Christian Church will bring the message. A breathtaking, candlelight benediction will follow with all those present returning into the night in the spirit of peace and hope drawn from the birth of our Savior.

The church is located at 600 West and 700 South in Delaware County.

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