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New Community United Methodist Church to Host Three Events this Holiday Season

First Event Focuses on Coping with Loss and Grief

With a lot of attention being focused on mental health issues and ways to help others in need lately, New Community United Methodist Church (NCUMC) is offering an evening service on Wednesday, December 18, 2019 at 6:30pm in their Wesley Chapel, entitled “A Blue Christmas Ritual.”

“The holidays can be difficult for those of us who are dealing with loss. Grief can come crashing down on us especially during the holiday season when we hear that familiar song, observe family traditions or when we reminisce about past holidays,” said Pastor Gayle Basten who is leading the service.

“A Blue Christmas Ritual is designed to honor our grief and invite us to remember God’s promise that healing will happen and is working in us now. While the joy of the season may be hard to handle and out of our reach we are encouraged to remember ‘God’s favor lasts a lifetime. Weeping may stay all night, but by morning, joy!’” she quoted from Psalm 30. “Further,” Basten continued, “A Blue Christmas Ritual is not about denying our grief, but to acknowledge it, work with and through it with the hope of healing and a return of joy in our lives. “

All are welcome. Perhaps you know someone who is grieving, though you are not. Please feel free to give the gift of reaching out to that person and invite and accompany them to A Blue Christmas Ritual.

The NCUMC’s second event is The Third Annual Christmas Eve Service at the Little Church on the Hill at Oakhurst Cemetery and will take place on Tuesday, December 24, 2019 at 6:00pm. Please join us for what is becoming a Christmas Eve tradition in our community. Invite family and friends, bundle up and be warmed by community, song and the joy of the season. Seating is limited, so come early. In the event of any snow, it would be cancelled.

The third event involves our Weekly Free Community Meal, served every Wednesday at 5:30pm at NCUMC’s Whittenburg Hall and this year falls on Christmas Day! We will be serving a delicious hot meal of ham with all the trimmings. There may even be some Christmas caroling at the piano! All are invited and encouraged to bring a friend or family member!

The New Community United Methodist Church is located at 49223 Road 426, Oakhurst, CA 93644. You may contact us for more specific information at 559-683-2652 or by email at

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