‘Surviving the Holidays’ This Saturday, Dec. 7, at The Crossing

If you happen to know someone who is headed into his or her first Christmas as a separated or divorced person, please take a few seconds to forward this on. Don’t worry if the individual you are thinking of is not a regular churchgoer and/or has serious doubts about the Christian faith, organized religion and so forth. Send it on.

For the fifth straight year, The Crossing will be facilitating a special “Christmas-preparedness” seminar for those in our community who have gone through the excruciating pain of separation or divorce. While people who have been divorced for several years will benefit greatly from attending this seminar, those who are headed toward their very first Christmas as a newly-single person are most in need of the information, comfort and support offered by the “Surviving the Holidays” seminar.

If you have family members, friends or other loved ones who are going through the emotional pain of separation or divorce, then you already have some idea of how difficult their lives have become just in the normal, average weeks filled with school, work, meals, homework, bedtimes, etc. Now add the pressure of pulling off a joyous celebration of Christmas into the mix and it’s easy to see why some people become hopelessly overwhelmed and perhaps even deeply depressed. If you know someone facing this issue, please forward this to him or her along with a strong suggestion that they attend this year’s session:

Surviving the Holidays
Saturday, Dec. 7, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
The Crossing
3615 Southland Drive

Cost: $10; includes workbook, childcare and brunch.
Register Online: http://thecrossingchurch.com/featured/surviving-the-holidays/
For more information, e-mail divorce.redemption@gmail.com or call The Crossing at 573-256-4410.

One of the things I most enjoy about facilitating “Surviving the Holidays” seminars is that they are open to anyone – and I really do mean anyone – who is going through the holidays as a newly-divorced or separated individual. Yes, the curriculum is unapologetically Christ-centered, but it also includes some truly excellent tips for managing the difficulties that separated and divorced people will surely face. All of the experts interviewed for the program are credentialed counselors with thousands of clinical hours of experience. As someone who went through divorce in 1997, I still get several good reminders every time I participate.

More importantly, I get a chance to meet people in their deepest hour of emotional pain and assure them that there is, indeed, life to be lived on the other side of even the nastiest divorce. God has not abandoned the divorced person, and He has given several of us at The Crossing, Woodcrest and Parkade Baptist the chance to demonstrate His care right here, right now. This is not a membership drive. It is not a hard-sell evangelistic event. It is simply a chance for divorced people in our community to learn from a panel of experts – and the mistakes made by most of the folks facilitating.

For those wanting to learn more, please visit the “Surviving the Holidays” website and/or review some of our earlier posts on this event (below). Don’t go it alone! We all look forward to meeting you this Saturday.

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