Annual Loss Of A Child Memorial Service Will Be September 22

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MARYSVILLE – The 9th Annual Loss of a Child Memory Service will be on Sunday, Sept. 22, at 2 p.m., at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall, Marysville. The service will celebrate the lives and memories of children who have died, and is hosted by the Loss of a Child Grief Support Group and Community Memorial Healthcare (CMH).

The program for this year’s Memory Service will include a showing of the inspirational documentary, “Flame On”. Filmed just months after the extreme loss of a loved one, “Flame On” asks the tough questions like, how would you react when tragedy strikes? Would your faith in an all-loving God waver? Would you turn your back on the Lord? The documentary follows the Jasper family through the heart-wrenching and faith-stretching question of “Why does God allow bad things to happen to good people?” Watch and marvel at how a family deals with the emotions of shock, loss and grief from a Biblical perspective.

Pastor Miller of Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church will give an opening prayer, followed by a welcome from Todd Carter. “I Can Only Imagine” will be sung by Mary Schroller, accompanied by Janet Fritschi on piano. A candle-lighting ceremony will follow the film, and families also have the opportunity to display memorabilia of their loved one. Poems will be read by Colleen Holle and Rosalie Olmsted. A balloon lift will conclude the service.

The Loss of a Child grief support group is sponsored by Community Memorial Healthcare and meets at 7 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month at the hospital’s South Plaza conference room. A second bereavement group is open to all and facilitated by Meadowlark Hospice, which meets the fourth Thursday of each month at CMH’s South Plaza at 4 p.m.

For more information about the service or the Loss of a Child grief support group, please contact Cheryl Stohs at 785-562-6180.

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Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.