The Roseburg Veterans Affairs Medical Center will host a Blue Christmas service Saturday for those who struggle with emotional or spiritual pain and loneliness during the winter holiday season.

Also known as a Longest Night Observance, the service is typically planned around the winter solstice for symbolic reasons. The solstice is the date with the least daylight and the longest night, but it is also the date when the nights begin to be shorter and the time of light grows.

The service will be from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. Saturday in the Building 16 Auditorium on the Roseburg VA campus, 913 NW Garden Valley Blvd., Roseburg. Chaplains and counselors will be present to support and encourage those who want to talk after the service.

This is a Christian worship service, but members of any faith and those with no religious affiliation are welcome to attend. There will be no attempt to make converts or criticize anyone's faith or spiritual beliefs. The services are open to the public.

Information: 541-607-0897

Reporter Carisa Cegavske can be reached at 541-957-4213 or

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Carisa Cegavske is the senior reporter for The News-Review. She can be reached at 541-957-4213 or by email at Follow her on Twitter @carisa_cegavske

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