Published: 12/04/2013

Evangelical Community Hospital’s 26th Annual Lights of Love Tree Lighting

Evangelical Community Hospital, under the leadership and direction of Evangelical Auxiliary, hosted its 26th Annual Lights of Love Ceremony on Sunday, December 1 at 4 pm in the Hospital’s Dining Room. The celebration included entertainment by the Buffalo Valley Singers and concluded with the lighting of the Lights of Love tree outside of the main entrance of the Hospital.

Lights of Love offers an opportunity to honor and remember family, friends, and loved ones by placing a light on a holiday tree which will continue to shine throughout the month of December. Each honoree is listed in a special book located in the Jay P. Mathias Lobby of the Hospital and a card is sent to honorees or their families telling them of the special gift. All proceeds benefit Evangelical Hospice, a service that provides care and support to terminally ill patients and their families.

So far this year, the Lights of Love event has raised over $23,000 for Evangelical Hospice with monetary donations being accepted until December 31, 2013. To make a gift to support Evangelical Hospice and honor and memorialize loved ones by placing a light on the living tree, visit to print off a donation form or call the Evangelical Development Office at 570-522-2685.

The 2013 Lights of Love Honorary Chairpersons are the family of Fay Oberlin and Yvonne Yerger. Fay was admitted to Evangelical Hospice in June 2011 and received care for several months. Fay’s Daughter, Yvonne was admitted to Hospice in June 2012 and received care for a few weeks. This year the Lights of Love chairpersons are Marlin Oberlin, husband of Fay, John Yerger, husband of Yvonne, both of New Berlin, and Julie Dauler, daughter and sister, of Laurelton. These three individuals cared tirelessly to ensure that Fay and Yvonne knew that every need would be met and they were loved. The staff of Evangelical Hospice considered it a privilege to care for this extraordinary family.

For more information about Evangelical Hospice, visit


(left to right): Standing at the 2013 Lights of Love tree outside of Evangelical Community Hospital is Kay Holdren, Director of Evangelical Hospice; Sharon Pearce, President of Evangelical Auxiliary; with this year’s the Lights of Love Chairpersons, John Yerger, Julie Dauler, and Marlin Oberlin.