Religious News: December 18-19, 2021 | Community news

Service package for those who don’t feel so happy

ONEONTA – A Blue Christmas Service will be held from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, December 19 at Hill City Church at 1796 County Highway 48.

According to a press release, the service is for those who are going through a difficult time and as a result the Christmas season may be less than joyous for them.

Whether it’s grieving the loss of a loved one, going through financial stress, a divorce or a finicky child, or feeling depressed and lonely, the service will provide a time to reunite with others who are also in difficulty.

The period of restoration and healing will include prayer and reflection and meditative and calming music.

Hill City is a non-denominational evangelical church.

Community invited to celebrate the holidays

DOWNTOWN – A community Christmas Eve celebration will be hosted by New Life Church at 6 p.m. on Friday, December 24 at the Foothills Performing Arts and Civic Center at 24 Market Street in Oneonta.

The service will include candles, Christmas carols, a children’s skit and a Christmas message.

New Life is described as a Free Methodist Church. Prayers are offered from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. every Wednesday and in-person or live services are held at 10 a.m. on Sunday.

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Lutheran Parish Post Office Hours

The Lutheran Parish of Otsego County will be hosting the following Christmas Eve candlelight services on Friday, December 24.

* 6 p.m. at St. John’s Church at 2546 State Highway 80 in West Burlington and St. Matthew’s Church at 125 Main St. in Laurens.

* 8 p.m. at the Evangelical Church at 4636 State Highway 28 at Hartwick Seminary.

* 10 p.m. at the Atonement Church at 1, rue Center in Oneonta.

The Church of the Atonement will also be offering a Christmas Day service with Holy Communion at 10 a.m. on Saturday, December 25 and a New Year’s service at 5 p.m. on Friday, December 31.

Church plans service for Christmas Eve

STAMFORD – The First Presbyterian Church at 96 Main Street in Stamford will be hosting a Christmas Eve candlelight service at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, December 24. A reception will follow.

Everyone is welcome. Parking is available behind the church.

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