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Avoiding the Darkness of the Holidays

December 4th, the Griefshare ministry at First Met will host a Griefshare ministry for the body of Christ.  The meeting that normally meets on Monday, will meet Wednesday at 7:00 pm to allow the congregation to experience the power of these meetings.  Griefshare is a powerful ministry tool that allows the community to be in relationship with one another, sharing in the pain, and working through the grief.  The group is private, but the affects of the private meetings result in public rejoicing. SurviveHolidays

You might be thinking, why the special meeting?  I’m glad you asked.  There is a sad tradition for many during the holidays.  While some are joyous, celebrating, roaming from party to party and enjoying the company of others, some throw their a private part at home.  Dr. Elaine Aron said in the article, Attending to the Undervalued Self,  “There is nothing bleaker, or more dangerous to survival, than being alone in the cold, physically or emotionally hungry, left out, while others are gathered around the fire, sharing food and gifts and above all, love.”  Many find themselves removing themselves from the company of others, to marinate in their hurt and pain, driving themselves into dark corners; many crashing into depression.

“Those suffering from any type of holiday depression or stress can benefit from increased social support during this time of year. Counseling or support groups can also be beneficial” says Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD.   Because of this, ministries like Griefshare are able to serve as a powerful group to battle the individual nature and dangers of grief.

The last session of Griefshare will be December 9, in the Upstairs Fellowship Hall of First Met.  The special Griefshare event is one that should not be missed.  The video, message and dialogue are ones that will be beneficial to all.  To find out more about the meeting on December 4th, email Sister Brenda Harvey.  Come and let the support of the body aid you in avoiding the darkness of the holidays.

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Johnny grew up in Houston and there after receiving his graduate degree. He has spent time working with and serving families and children for over nine years, as a mentor, family therapist, and substitute teacher. Johnny earned a B.S. in Political Science and Master of Divinity at Samuel D. Proctor School of Theology. He has spent most of his time working in the community as a role model and mentor and has worked as the Pastor of Community Life for over five years. Currently working as Teen Pastor there. Johnny has a heart for children and enjoys seeing them excel and reach their full potential.

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