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Continue the thanksgiving with ‘lights of love’

By Staff | Nov 30, 2016

BARB BARRETT/The Luminary Guest musician Breanna Bobak from Hughesville sings "Do You Hear What I Hear" next to Rev. Daniel Landin during the 22nd annual Lights of Love at Muncy Valley Hospital on Sunday, Nov. 27.

MUNCY – Lights aglow and reflected memories of loved ones can be seen when passing by the Muncy Valley Hospital. The annual “Lights of Love” celebration was held early Sunday evening, November 27. It was the 22nd lighting ceremony and was held in front of the Muncy Skilled Nursing Center and sponsored by the Muncy Valley Hospital Auxiliary.

Cassie Neidig, activity associate director welcomed everyone and led a sing-along to “Hark the Herald Ahgels Sing.”

Bill Ritter from the Auxiliary introduced guest musician Breanna Bobak who sang “Soon and Very Soon”. The 5th grader from Ashkar was welcomed by the Lights of Love committee when they heard her sing at the Muncy Lawn Party. Breanna is from Hughesville who said she likes to sing. It came easily to her as she sang the lyrics to “Do You Hear What I Hear” which led all to sing “Silent Night” before the blessing of the lights by Rev. Daniel Landin.

Landin is new to the area and pastor to St. Andrew Evangelical Lutheran Church in Muncy. An introduction was given by administrator Sharon Goss who remarked on the gratitude of those individuals who contributed to the list of sponsors for the 2016 lighting ceremony. Names are still being added to the scroll and she hopes to have the complete list on display inside the hospital and the lobby of the nursing center before next week.

This event will “continue the Thanksgiving,” said Goss. “Sometimes it is just a blessing to get out of bed,” she added, “and everyday we have something to be thankful for.”

“Through gratitude we can do some major surgery and cut away the anger and resentment by pouring God’s spirit into our hearts and to honor our loved ones,” she said in closing.

The donations from the lighting ceremony will go towards the expansion project and the new emergency department at the Muncy Valley Hospital. “This updated facility will be here for years to come to take care of our loved ones.”

Lights and set-up were assisted by the Muncy Rotary. Light refreshments followed in the activity room of the Skilled Nursing Center.