What is a Longest Night Service?

Traditionally held on the day when the time of darkness is the longest of the year (typically December 21st), this service provides a space and place for people who find the holidays less than jolly. The need for such a service was recognized among pastors of many denominations as distressed parishioners revealed how the holidays remind them that their life is not perfect or their family is not perfect. In these circumstances, the holidays can make many people feel depressed and they avoid the holiday events, even church services. They feel put off or put down, or even come to think that there is something wrong with them because they are not filled with “Christmas Cheer.” Especially as contemporary marketing of the season increasingly focuses on a “perfect” Christmas when “everyone” is happy, every family is wonderful, and every experience joyful, pastors have felt the need to provide a service that acknowledges that this season does not magically remove grief, hurt, depression, anxiety and other real problems.

During this service the often hurting human condition is recognized. Grief, hurt, depression, anxiety and problems are acknowledged. It strives to affirm that there is these real feelings. At the same time, the good news of God-with-us is affirmed; and the light that shines in the darkness and is never overcome by it, still shines. This is a service where tears of all kinds are collected by God’s own gentle hand, and we each have the opportunity to offer to one another love, hope and peace.

 

2019 Amaris Alvarez 5K Day Financial Report

We are awaiting one more piece of revenue to complete the report of this year’s 5K Day, but we have all waited (impatiently but gracefully). We don’t expect a huge increase in income. So, we decided with only this piece missing we would share the results thus far.

We received $12,993.88 in income, incurred $2,631.04 in expenses and donated $1,299.39 (+ $75 in direct donations) to Sharing Hearts.

PayPal allowed us to accept credit transactions (and we will be able to receive online transactions for BBQ and other payments next year).

About half the BBQ sold was to walk-ups: 200 dinners. Most were bought the next day, and a few were consumed by hungry volunteers (which was OK).

 

Aramis Alvarez Memorial 5K a Big Success

The annual Aramis Alvarez Memorial 5K held on November 9, 2019 was a big success with over 50 runners/walkers.  A portion of the proceeds from this event support the Sharing Hearts Foundation, established by Aramis and Alicia Alvarez, which works through American and Honduran nonprofit organizations to provide funding, expertise, and resources that improve the lives of disadvantaged people in Honduras.  

The overall race results are available HERE.

Age group results are available HERE

 

November 2019 Birthdays and Anniversaries

Congratulations to our members celebrating birthdays and anniversaries this month!

 

November 2019 Birthdays

  • Ralph Balchin
  • Biahnca Blood
  • Rylee Blood
  • Bill Cain
  • Marie Cain
  • Kathleen Cosgrove
  • Ryan Couillou
  • Dawn Flanagan-Seamster
  • Pauline Jackson
  • Ed Nolan
  • Noble Patterson
  • Serenah Tyson
  • James Vazquez
  • Ardy Warr

 

November 2019 Anniversaries

  • Peggy & Ronnie Allen
  • Yul & Deborah Fogler
  • Billye & Bill Koetje
  • Lisa & Will Rivers
  • Jeri & Jose’ Torrero