Northwest NEWS

December 13, 1999

Valley Special

'Longest Night Service' acknowledges pain, grief

   An ecumenical group of seven clergy are offering a special "Longest Night Worship Service" on Tuesday, Dec. 21, 7 p.m. at the Community Church of Issaquah. The service is intended to reconnect those who may be feeling out of touch with the Christmas spirit.

   "It is a time to honor the pain and sadness of those for whom the Christmas season may deepen feelings of grief, anguish, or loneliness," said Tolt Church pastor Jeff Spencer.

   The service is held on the longest night of the year, "acknowledging how this season can seem dark for many," said the Rev. Mike Burr, host pastor.

   The Community Church of Issaquah is located at 205 Mountain Park Blvd. Take I-90 route to the Front Street exit in Issaquah. Head south on Front Street to the junction of Front and Sunset in the middle of old Issaquah. Turn right (west) on Sunset and go to the next light where it crosses Newport Way. Go straight through the light and up the hill to the left. The church is about a block up the hill on the left side of the street.

   Childcare will be available during the service. "We hope everyone will feel welcome to attend," Burr said. "The Community Church of Issaquah is handicapped accessible; a brief time of fellowship will follow the service. Come and join with others to receive words of strengthening and hope."

   The co-sponsors are Community Church of Issaquah, Tolt Congregational United Church of Christ (Carnation), Sammamish Congregational United Church of Christ, First Congregational United Church of Christ (Monroe), Fall City United Methodist Church, Snoqualmie United Methodist Church, and St. Clare's Episcopal Church (Snoqualmie).