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Second annual Blue Christmas ServiceSubmitted: 12/05/2018
Devin Biggs
Devin Biggs
Weekend Meteorologist/Reporter
dbiggs@wjfw.com

Second annual Blue Christmas Service
RHINELANDER - We hear the words "joy and peace" spread around easily and often during the holidays. But many people might feel like those words don't apply to their lives. An upcoming service hosted by St. Augustine Church in Rhinelander hopes to comfort those feeling the holiday blues. The second annual Blue Christmas Service will be held later this month. This gives people feeling down during the holidays a chance to have a sense of company and comfort. First United Methodist Pastor Keith Wolf wants those in attendance to feel supported.

"People really get a lot of support from one another, not just from the people who are putting the service together and providing it, and it's like a small community within itself," said Wolf.

"Some people just…when they aren't in the holiday spirit, they just don't want to be around crowds. So they don't feel like coming to a traditional Christmas eve worship service," said Wolf.


The service will be held Dec. 21 at St. Augustine's Church in Rhinelander and will start at 6:30 PM.

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