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Pastor Ryan Stout of St. Peter's Lutheran Church in New York Mills is preparing to hold a Halloween church service at the Greenwood Cemetery this Saturday night. Pastor Stout, wearing a cassock and holding an incense burner called a thurible, says Saturday night's service in the graveyard celebrates the Christian traditions of Halloween. (More on the tradition of Halloween in Pastor Stout's "Focus on Faith" column found on page 11a.)

Christian Halloween: Pastor to hold traditional service in NY Mills graveyard

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Church tradition and customs of the Middle Ages are not lost to Pastor Ryan Stout and his congregation at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in New York Mills.

Along with the candy and trick-or-treating, Halloween is often thought of in today's society as a scary night of ghouls, goblins, death, and often evil.

Not so, says Pastor Stout, who plans to hold a non-traditional church service Halloween night in the cemetery.

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