Northwest NEWS

December 14, 1998

Valley Special

'Longest Night Service' offers hope, healing

FALL CITY--"The holiday season is not always a happy time for everyone," says the Rev. Jeff Spencer, pastor of Tolt Congregational United Church of Christ. "Death of a loved one, the end of a relationship, recovery from addiction, mental illness, loneliness, and financial struggles can all mirror the lengthening of the nights at this time of year."

   Spencer says many people need a place where their grief and hurt and loneliness and struggles are acknowledged and where a word of hope is spoken. "That's why we started offering this special 'Longest Night Service' to the community," he says. "It can be a time for healing."

   The service will be held on Sunday, Dec. 20, 7:30 p.m. at Fall City United Methodist Church, 337th Place SE at SE 43rd Place.

   Shawn Carty, pastor of Fall City United Methodist Church, joined Spencer at Tolt Congregational United Church of Christ, Carnation, last year for the service. This year Carty will be joined by Spencer, the Rev. Roy Tripp of St. Clare Episcopal Church (Snoqualmie), the Rev. Mary Brown of Snoqualmie United Methodist Church, and the Rev. Nansi Hawkins of Sammamish Congregational United Church of Christ.