The Rev. Debbie Robbins, pastor of Bethlehem United Methodist Church, announced that this year’s observance of Christmas by the church will include a "Blue Christmas" service on Dec. 23.
"Christmas is not a happy time for everyone," Robbins said. "For some people, the holiday season brings back some very unhappy memories, and Blue Christmas is for those people. The service is set up for them."
"The doors will be open for those people who are struggling through the holidays,"
To find Bethlehem Road, to see the Christmas displays or to attend the Blue Christmas service, from Cabot, Austin and Ward, there are two suggested routes to Bethlehem Road:
1 – From the intersection of Arkansas Highways 89 and 321: follow Mt. Carmel Road/Arkansas Highway 321 about five miles east to Highway 321 spur, then three miles on 321 spur to the junction with Arkansas Highway 31, turn left, Bethlehem Road is about a quarter mile on the right; or,
2 – From the junction of Arkansas Highway 38 with Highway 367 between Cabot and Austin: follow Arkansas Highway 38 east about about eight miles to the intersection with Arkansas Highway 31, turn south (right) on Highway 31, Bethlehem Road will be on the left, about two miles from the Highway 31/38 intersection.
From Lonoke, at the intersection U.S. Highway 70 and Arkansas Highway 31 (at the Lonoke Depot), follow Highway 31 north about 12 miles; Bethlehem Road will be on the right, about a mile past (north) of Woodlawn.
From Beebe, follow Arkansas Highway 31 south, Bethlehem Road will be on the left, about two miles past (south) the Highway 31/38 intersection.
Bethlehem UMC is about two miles east of Arkansas Highway 31 on Bethlehem Road.