Shuck and Jive

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Friday, December 12, 2008

A Blue Christmas Service

First Presbyterian in Elizabethton is hosting a service called Tidings of Comfort for the entire community on Monday, December 15th at 7 p.m. This is a service for those who have experienced loss or are feeling anxious or sad during this holiday season. Here is the press release in the Kingsport Times-News:
The First Presbyterian Church of Elizabethton, 119 West F Street, will host a special Christmas service entitled, “Tidings of Comfort.” This service is especially for those who feel a sense of loss during this time of year. According to the minister, Rev. John Shuck:

“Christmas is for many of us a painful reminder of what we have lost. From losing a loved one to a son or daughter moving away from home, to a re-location, to you name it, Christmas can be a time that highlights our loneliness.

We want to recognize that. In addition to our celebratory services we are adding a service, “Tidings of Comfort” a special reflective service to acknowledge the blue in our Christmas. It will be a service of readings, music, candle lighting, and silence.”

This service is open to the public and will take place, Monday evening, December 15th at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary of the First Presbyterian Church across from T.A. Dugger Middle School.

For more information contact the church office at 543-7737 or visit
Make a special invitation and bring a friend who is feeling blue to this one. We won't play the Elvis song at the service, but I'll play it for you here!