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Local church to hold service for anyone grieving, hurt

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Although it may seem like the holidays are always a happy time where jolly music drifts from the radio and family and friends spend more time together — others may be experiencing loss or some kind of sadness.

To let everyone in the Carroll community know there is a support system and place to go, First United Methodist Church in Carroll will hold a “Blue Christmas” service at 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7. The service is free and open to the public.

“It will be a quiet a reflective service, both celebrating the meaning of the service but recognizing we have pain during this time of the year,” said Pastor Terry Plocher of First United Methodist.

Plocher said the service is for anyone experiencing loss or hurting and will include a light dinner following the service. During the evening, poems will be read, live music will be played and guests will make snowflakes to represent individuality.

The service is sponsored by the churches of Carroll, St. Anthony Regional Hospital, McFarland Clinic, Dahn & Woodhouse Funeral Home and Sharp Funeral Home.

This time of year, the assumption is that everybody is happy and joyful, and for some people that (time) brings back loss and pain,” Plocher said. “In the midst of the joy, there is also people that carry a great deal of pain, and it’s a way of recognizing that.”

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