On Tuesday, Dec. 7 a special event is planned for area residents who have lost loved ones during the past year.
The first Candlelight Service of Remembrance will be held on that date at the St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Cherokee at 7 p.m.
This event is a nondenominational service conducted by Pastors Magrey deVega of the St. Paul's United Methodist Church, James Steen of Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Ethan Sayler of the Memorial Presbyterian Church, and retired Father Gene Sitzmann of Maryhill and Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.
This service will open for everyone to attend.
Event organizer Matt Schubert of Greenwood-Schubert Funeral Home in Cherokee and Marcus, stated that during the service participants would be lighting candles in memory of loved ones in honor of them.
"We are also planning to put together a picture tribute. So if any family that would like to have their family member in the tribute can contact me," said Schubert. He also stated that a picture is not necessary for the service.
Schubert asks that if you would like a photo in the tribute please have it to him by Dec. 1. Schubert can be contacted at 712-225-4886 or email at www.greenwoodfuneral.com.
This service will be similar to the annual event held in Spencer. Schubert said that service was something he looked forward to every year. He recently began to think that this same type of service would be welcomed in Cherokee.
"This may be small to start with but it is my hope that it will grow over the years," said Schubert. "We want to make the service real simple but inspirational for people who lost loved ones," added Schubert.
"Having ministers from different denomination is really kind of neat and if everything goes well, we plan on having the service at different churches every year," continued Schubert.
"The holiday season is tough after a loss and this service is a chance for refection, and to have a comforting service going into the holiday season," said Schubert.
"So again I invite any one who experience a loss to join us to reflect and visit with others who have experienced a loss," stated Schubert.
Following the service, there will be a time for food and fellowship at the St. Paul's Fellowship Hall.
For more information, contact Schubert at 225-4886, deVega at 225-1276, Steen at 225-4969, Sayler at 225-2637 or Sitzmann at 225-2131.