The holiday season is not a joyous time for everyone and three Sturgeon Bay area churches are making sure they are not alone on the longest night of the year. The third annual “Longest Night” service will take place at Friends Community Church on the day of the Winter Solstice. The service centers around special hymns and passages to help people cope with the loss of loved ones during the holiday season, a time when deaths usually spike according to a 2013 study. Friends Community Church Pastor Nancy Bontempo hopes people who attend the service realize that on the longest night of the year, things get brighter.
The “Longest Night” service, also known as a Blue Christmas liturgy, begins at 6:30 p.m. on December 21st at Friends Community Church in cooperation with Prince of Peace Lutheran Church and Tanum Forest Lutheran Church.