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Bringing a Smile for the Holidays

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Saturday, December 6th, the Vineyard Bookstore of First Met, sought to bless families in the Northwest Community, by partnering with the Langham Creek Cosmetology Department to offer FREE hairstyles to those being served through the You Belong Food Pantry.Hairystyle in Progress

Wearing their shirts with their slogan, “it is our duty to create your beauty”, over a dozen young ladies from Langham Creek H.S. used their skills on a men and women of all ages. They ladies served each person, offering them their very best, taking the time to listen, and deliver to them the beautiful hairstyle they desired. Under the leadership and guidance of Sister Lynette Smith and Mrs. Dillgard, the ladies tackled each person, restoring smiles and bringing beauty and confidence to all they encountered.

There, the prayer ministry covered all who attended in prayer, assuring that everyone not only had their physical needs met, but their Spiritual needs met.Langham Creek Cosmetologist

 

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Avoiding the Darkness of the Holidays

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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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