By Mike Leckband
On Thursday, Dec. 13 a special event is planned for area residents who have lost loved ones during the past year.
The third Candlelight Service of Remembrance will be held on that date at the Memorial Presbyterian 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, Kathy Wicks of Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Ethan Sayler of the Memorial Presbyterian Church, and Father Dan Guenther and Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.
This service will open for everyone to attend.
Event organizers Matt and Julie 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 to honor them.
"We are also planning to put together a video 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. 8. Schubert can be contacted at 712-225-4886 or email at www.greenwoodfuneral.com.
The Schuberts started this service three years ago. At that time it was designed to be similar to the annual event held in Spencer. Schubert said that service was something he looked forward to every year when he worked in Spencer. He began to think at that time that this same type of service would be welcomed in Cherokee.
"We want to make the service real simple but inspirational for people who lost loved ones," added Schubert.
"Having ministers from different denomination from around town is really kind of neat. It gives the service a church feel." 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. All and all its a nice night to remember love ones" 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 with refreshments served.
For more information, contact Schubert at 225-4886.