Yukon ready to ‘Light Up the Darkness’

Five local churches join forces to help people stay warm, bright

Resurrection Lutheran Church children/youth pastor Lori Barthelmes encourages the public to support “Light Up the Darkness,” a community outreach project of five Yukon-area churches. Through February, participating churches will collect flashlights, batteries and hand warmers – along with funds to help people pay their electric bills. A community worship service will be 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 16 at the Yukon First Baptist Church's Prayer Garden. (Photo by Conrad Dudderar)

By Conrad Dudderar
Staff Writer

Five Yukon-area churches have joined forces to help people stay warm and bright during a cold, dark winter.

“We’re working together to show God’s light to others,” said Lori Barthelmes, Resurrection Lutheran Church’s minister to children, youth and families.

“This time of year, we know many people are struggling financially to pay bills and with illness. We want to help by adding light and positively.”

“Light Up the Darkness” is a new community outreach project of Resurrection Lutheran Church, alongside Yukon First United Methodist Church, Yukon First Church of the Nazarene, Canadian Hills Church of the Nazarene, and Chisholm Trail Presbyterian Church.

During “Light Up the Darkness”, the Canadian County Salvation Army will visit participating churches at specific times to help people with their electric bills.

“We want to add light and heat,” Pastor Barthelmes said.

As part of this effort, the five churches are collecting flashlights, batteries and hand warmers for those who need them.



As it has grown colder outside, Barthelmes pointed to the increase in homeless people across this community.

“There is no place for them to go in Yukon,” she said. “They have to go to Oklahoma City for shelter.”

The “Light Up the Darkness” project kicked off Sunday, Jan. 9 as churches started to observe Epiphany and will continue through February.

For Christians, Epiphany is a celebration of God manifesting as the baby Jesus and revealing Himself to the world.

Barthelmes emphasized how much Resurrection Lutheran enjoys working with other churches in this effort to benefit “anyone who needs the help.”

Pastor Mark Borseth is an active member of the Yukon Ministerial Alliance.

A joint service with the five participating churches will be in February.