Hope In The Mourning - A Community Gathering Of Healing And Hope

Addresse530 Pennsylvania Ave
CityElmira
AtSouthside Alliance Church
CountyChemung (NY2958)
Date12/17/2017
Hours18:30
CategoriaEvents
530 Pennsylvania Ave
Elmira
Southside Alliance Church
Chemung (NY2958)
Tel 2017-12-17
Categoria Events
Hope In The Mourning - A Community Gathering Of Healing And Hope

Christmas can be a painful time for many. Dealing with the death of a loved one, facing life after divorce or separation, coping with the loss of a job, living with cancer or some other disease that puts a question mark over the future, and a number of other human situations make parties and joviality painful for many of us in our congregations and communities. We wonder how we will get through the holidays. Those looking for comfort, hope, wholeness, and renewal are invited to join us in a safe place to come as you are. Just as is stated in The Empty Chair: Handling Grief Through The Holidays and Special Occasions, we believe: "The more one experiences life, the more one is able to understand that sometimes the choice is not between joy or sorrow, pain or pleasure. The challenge is to find victory in the middle of the battle, see beauty in the context of despair, or experience joy in the middle of one's pain - and to learn from the experience by constructively reflecting on it." We desire to give you such a place to begin to find the victory, experience the joy and to reflect on all God is for you in and through your pain.



A place for you to come as you are, no need to put on a "cheerful" face, but rather, honestly reflect and share with God and others, to name the pain, celebrate the memory, and search the landscape for signs of new life. We will be having a time of scripture readings, worship, candle lighting, prayer, community and we will have pastors and counselors available for further support. This is free, and open to the community.

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