IMLAY CITY — On Sunday, December 19 at 10:30 a.m. First Congregational Church will host its annual ‘Blue Christmas’ service.

The church’s Christmas Eve candlelight service will begin at 4 p.m. featuring Silent Night, Holy Night, Christmas, other hymns, and scripture.

“Both services will offer an opportunity for people to gather together during this time, Advent season, as we shine a light on hope, peace, joy and love and celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ,” said Reverend Dave Forsberg. “In particular, our Blue Christmas service realizes that many people are dealing with grief or a personal loss of some kind during the holidays. The service will offer people a chance to reflect, pray, hear music and readings and know that God is with us in our longest days and darkest nights.”

First Congregational Church’s historic bell will ring to start the services. The public is welcome to attend the services. It is strongly recommended that people who attend the service wear a face mask if not vaccinated, and if someone has a compromised immune system, they wear a mask even if fully vaccinated. Fully vaccinated individuals may choose to wear a mask. Masks will be available at the service.

Both services will be live streamed on Facebook through the church’s page, or viewed afterwards on Facebook and You Tube (First Congregational Church of Imlay City). For more information, please call 810-724-6207, send an email to or visit the congregation’s website at

First Congregational United Church of Christ in Imlay City has been ministering to the community and world since opening its doors in 1876. The congregation will celebrate its 150th Anniversary in 2022. The congregation works to live out its vision to be a community of faith where all are welcome, God is still speaking, and spiritual growth never ends.