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Local worship services address the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn.

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CINCINNATI - Across the Tri-State, people are attending worship services this weekend looking for some comfort after the Connecticut elementary school tragedy. In some cases they are finding it in the Christmas messages already planned for the season.

Dr. Terry fields, pastor at Fort Mitchell Baptist Church, held a special vigil Saturday night.

"Evil exists in the world and as people of light, people of hope we can bring light in the darkness," he said.

Teresa and Chris Wade of Villa Hills brought their 11-year-old son, Ryan, to the service. He said he found it helpful.

"It really was (helpful) and I think it's OK to dedicate two hours or an hour or even 30 minutes of your life just to be thankful and be thoughtful about the parents that had to go home and not even have Christmas with their kids," Ryan Wade said.

At Crossroads in Florence, campus pastor Terry Phillips said it was important that people were true to the way they needed to process the tragedy.

"Christmas is about Jesus... this God... becoming a baby, becoming a human and meeting us where we're at and what we want to do is meet people exactly where they're at," Phillips said.

For Brad Treas of Taylor Mill, part of the Christmas connection will be reaching out to victims' families.

"I think without people gathering around them and showing them love you're just going to be left alone in a dark place and it's each of our responsibility to see if there's any needs we can meet and just to be there," Treas said.

Crossroads in Florence directed people to ways they can help victims, from donating to a special United Way fund to taking part in a national effort to collect teddy bears to go to grieving students in Newtown, Conn. Teddy bear collections are being organized by Hersam Acorn and the Fairfield Sun in Connecticut.

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