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More than the precious hours with friends who are true

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What great weekend. Yeah, a little chilly but not bone chilling cold. I can take that. Beginning Sunday’s service with great music. The Christmas music was so good and we had several visitors. I know they enjoyed the service. Butch brought a beautiful message from Luke 1:26-35 with reference to other relating scriptures. His sermon title was “Mary Did You Know?” telling us that no one has hope outside this world without knowing and believing in Him. If we have sin in our life we are disqualified but through the birth of one man we all can be saved through him. After the service we all enjoyed a delicious Christmas meal in the fellowship hall. Thank you to all our ladies that so graciously prepared the side dishes. The fellowship hall was so beautifully decorated. Great job ladies. Our table was loaded and we almost ran out of food. Thank you visitors for staying and enjoying the feast with us. I have to tell you this. Yesterday James and I celebrated 58 years of marriage. Well, I told our congregation that they were throwing a big dinner for us. They just used Christmas as an excuse to do it. Of course you know that’s not true but we enjoyed all the congrats and we thank you. Tonight our Ladies LIFT Group are meeting at the Chop House for our Christmas dinner together. We always have a good turn out for this. Next Sunday the 14th we will be honored to have Caleb and Sarah Bell from Mobile with us. I think they will have something good for us. We’re looking forward to this and I know the family will be so happy, as they have not been home since they married. Then on the 21st, my third grandson, Chuck Arwood from Danville, Virginia will be speaking during  the worship service on the consequences of drugs and alcohol. I would like to see our church filled with young people to hear his testimony. It was very heart touching. That will be the weekend that my house will be full of love with all here for several days. This is MY favorite time of year when all of us gather together to celebrate the birth of our Lord and our Christmas together. On the night of the 21st at 6 p.m. Shannon Busbee will be directing our Christmas program. This will be good, so mark your calendar for both of these events on the 21st. Our In Church Christmas Card Post Office (box) has been placed up front for our in church cards. This saves each of us money on stamps. A list is available for those that need it. Patsy Greene has returned from a joy filled trip to the Cherokee area. She and part of her family had a good time but she was happy to get back home. Pray for Patsy as she suffers with COPD. Happy birthday to Ryan Johnson and MacKenzie Morris on the 11th. Tyler Ward and John Lawson on the 13th, Ashley Stewart the 14th. Happy anniversary to Charles and Eleanor Johnson on the 15th. A big anniversary wish for Frankie and Tina Cleveland as they celebrate on the 12th and for our former neighbor, Bill Lyle on the 14th.    As our church is already beautiful with the poinsettia plants gracing  the pulpit area, I want to leave you with this: More than a Merry Christmas I wish for you this year/ More than a Happy Christmas with your loved ones dear/ More than the precious hours with friends who are true/ More than the gifts you treasure that others give to you/ I wish for you the blessing of that Christmas day/ When angels sang the story and stars marked the way/ I wish you joy unending with much love and cheer/ I wish you peace on Christmas and through all the year. (Copied from Grace Mathews Walker) So until next week may the Lord bless you real good.

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