But I can’t find all my tree decorations

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What a beautiful day it is outside. Is it spring yet? How excited I’m getting. This is the weekend that my family comes in and we celebrate our Christmas together. I’ve been cooking and baking and cleaning! But can’t find all my tree decorations. What a great Sunday we had at Sugar Creek. With so many visitors and members, I think we were about filled to capacity. What a great feeling. So glad to see some members that had not been with us in a while and thank you special visitors. I pray you enjoyed the inspirational service. The congregation sang “Joy to the World” then we turned it over to Caleb and Sarah Bell to provide a special Christmas program of music. It was so good, touching hearts. When they sang “When You See Me, You See The Cross” think it touched everyone. It was written by Caleb as a school project. Thank you Caleb and Sarah for putting all of us in the Spirit. Butch took his message from a familiar passage, John 1:14 with reference to Isaiah. “Seeing the big Picture”, allows us to know God. It brings our own story to His attention. We see God with us in our darkest moments as well as the best and brightest moments. We see our salvation, redemption and we see and feel there is always more we can do for Him.   For those of you in the Christmas program remember that Shannon asks that you plan to stay after church next Sunday for practice. If you (my readers) do not have services at your church please join us at 6 p.m. and finger foods afterwards on the 21st. Also on the 21st (next Sunday)  my grandson, Chuck Arwood from Danville, Virginia will be speaking especially to the youth on drug and alcohol addiction during the  11 a.m. service. If your church is not having special service, your youth (and adults) are especially invited to hear him. I was blessed to have my cousin Carolyn Gaylor come down to visit last week. She loves collards so I found a package in my freezer that I had saved especially for her when she came down again. We enjoyed our time together. Our LIFT Ladies group met on Monday night for our Christmas dinner at the ChopHouse. I think we had 13 or 14 ladies to enjoy the meal and being together. We especially enjoyed having Becky Stovall with us. We now have a website. I haven’t checked it lately but it is slowly coming together. We plan to post events and such every week. For those interested: I guess we might have some cold weather soon as the first day of Winter is next Sunday. Happy birthday to Blake Stewart on the 20th, Becky Stovall on the 21st. Happy anniversary to Dusty and Kaleigh Sidwell on the 20th and to Martha and Bennie Dooley on the 26th. We have so many still out sick, some with serious illnesses, please pray for those. Not too much going on, so news is short this week. Charles Dickens wrote this: I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come round as a good time: a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time: the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys. And therefore though it has never put a scrap of gold or silver in my pocket, I believe that it has done me good, and will do me good; and I say, God bless it! May the Lord bless you real good.

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