Remembering Those We Have Lost and Miss

by Connie Milchling
Many people around us are heading into the holidays experiencing angst in facing the first year of gatherings without their parent, child, spouse, sibling, close friend, or . . .

The loss of a loved one can be difficult and overwhelming-- especially at the holidays.
And hardest of all is the first holiday when they are not with you.

Over time, we can learn to live life differently. Your sadness encounters the comfort of Christ. One of the ways that happens is remembering the one who is now gone and missing from your life.

Are you missing someone this year? If so, we have a way for your to remember them.

We have a REMEMBRANCE TREE set up in the lobby near the prayer wall.

If you place a small picture of your loved one in the basket, we will place it on the tree for you.  

As you do that, our church family gathers around you in a loving, supportive community as we remember, pause, and pray. It is our desire to be here for you as we are:

  • Present--with a listening ear, an empathetic heart, and tender care.
  • Patient--loss takes time. Please speak openly and honestly with us. Share your memories. 
  • Practical--do you need assistance? Contact Pastoral Care at 717.755.0089 x 103 or email Reach out to the Counseling Center at 717-893-2336 or
  • Prayer--stop in the prayer room Sunday morning (9:30-10:15 am or 10:30-11:15 am) to pray with someone, or contact the Pastoral Care team. Experience the comfort and peace. 

Christmas is all about the birth of Jesus.   Immanuel – God with us.  Let’s be with Jesus and with each other this holiday season and together experience the comfort of His PEACE on earth.

In Grace and Peace,
Connie Milchling

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