Church Plans to Hold Service for Deaf Community

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LINCOLN, Neb.-- One church will soon be offering something new for the deaf community in Lincoln.

First-Plymouth Congregational Church will start having an hour-long service conducted in American Sign Language.

Although there are currently no deaf members at the church, Pastor Jacob Buchholz is an interpreter and has been talking to many people in the deaf community who would welcome having their own service.

The hour will consist of ways to engage the deaf community. It will have American Sign Language poetry and storytelling.

Buchholz says there is a need for the service and it will give the deaf community options and opportunities.

Buchholz came to Lincoln from Kansas where he started a deaf church.

He also comes from a family of genetic deafness.

The first service for the deaf and hard of hearing will be September 7, 2014 at 11:45 a.m. in the Chapel at First Plymouth.

Buchholz will also be holding two lectures about the deaf community for people who want to learn more about it.

Those will be held on August 13 and 21 at 6:30 p.m. at First Plymouth.