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If it wasn’t for looking at the calendar and seeing everything decorated so pretty for Christmas, you would never know it was Christmas in Georgia with all this summer-like weather we are having!  I think I heard that it was going to get cold this weekend and then warm up again like it is now for Christmas.  As we all know, the weather can change on a dime; that wind can start howling in the night and it will turn cold as “doney”  as my Grandma used to say! McCayla Cook had to have an emergency appendectomy early on last Thursday morning.  She is now home and recuperating.  We all pray for her a speedy recovery.  Mike Eaton had to go back to the hospital on this Monday morning, with some health issues, so lift up prayers for him also as he is recovering from a kidney transplant.

Little Miss Kylie Vining celebrated her birthday again on Thursday evening (her real birthday) down at Bonner’s Restaurant with her family.  Everyone enjoyed eating Bonner’s specialty’s of catfish and BBQ as well as birthday cupcakes and ice cream!  Kylie loved her little table and chairs that her grandparents, Bill and Debra had gotten for her.  Now she has her own little place to sit and color! Dale and Howard Thompson, Jean and Gerald Wood, along with Mrs. Laurice Trice from our community all participated in the Christmas Cantata put on at their church, Beacon Heights Baptist  on this past Sunday evening.  We want to congratulate Anna Bonner as she has passed her state insurance exam; so she is now a certified insurance agent!  Anna currently works for Signature Insurance Group in Madison and in the Greensboro office!  Good job, Anna! McCayla and her parents, Patrick and Deann Cook recently went to Georgia College and State University down at Milledgeville for a reception honoring Presidential nominee’s.

The next day McCayla was interviewed by the University as part of the Presidential nominee program.  McCayla loved what she saw of Georgia College and has almost made her mind up as to that being her college of choice.  She will be enrolled in the music program there.  We wish you the best of luck, McCayla! Brad and Blake Gilbert visited their grandparents, Raymond and Joan Gilbert, this past weekend and enjoyed some good home cooking by Grandma!  Blake was on his way home to Baxley for Christmas, but Brad is still having to put in some work hours before his Christmas break.  We also want to congratulate Macy Malcom as she has been accepted into dental school at the Dental College of Georgia in Augusta!

Macy will graduate from the Univ. of GA in May and then begin dental school that fall.  Good job, Macy!!  A big Congratulations also go out to Bridgett Brewer and Hill Biggers as they became Mr. and Mrs. Hill Biggers this past Saturday!  Bridgett is the daughter of Bill and Gaylene Brewer and the granddaughter of Dave and Anna Gay Newell and the great-grandmother is Mrs. Jeannette Brewer.  They were united in marriage at Antioch Baptist Church in Godfrey in a beautiful ceremony with the reception following in the Antioch Fellowship Hall.  Sweet fellowship was enjoyed afterward in the church’s fellowship hall. The newly-weds are building a house on Cochran Road in the lower part of Morgan County.  We welcome them to the community and wish God’s richest blessings upon them. The Christian family brothers and sisters had a Christmas get-together at Nancy and Lee Welch’s home on this past Saturday.  They enjoyed a lunch of chicken mull, ham and pimento cheese sandwiches, a big vegetable tray with dips and good pecan pies for dessert.  Those attending were Lee and Nancy Welch, Barbara and John Milford, Wayne and Jennie Christian and Paul and Sue Christian.  Wayne has just gotten through with his physical therapy and rehab.  He is doing great and gaining strength everyday, praise the Lord!

The annual employee Christmas party for all the staff of Bonner’s Restaurant was held on last Wednesday night where they all enjoyed good food and the entertaining gift exchange.  Everyone had a wonderful time!  The Fairview Community Club enjoyed their annual Christmas lunch on this past Friday at the Bethany Baptist Church Fellowship Hall.  Ruth Ann and Rev. Mike Ventrello had done a beautiful job decorating the tables as it has been open for different functions this Christmas season.  The church was also beautifully decorated.  Annette Eaton had prepared a delicious buffet which everyone truly enjoyed.

After eating, Pat Stinchcomb led us in a game of Bible Family Feud to see who could come up with the correct answer for her questions taken from the Bible.  We also participated in a gift exchange in which every person had been asked to bring a $5.00 edible gift.  There were around 25 of us present and we all had fun!    Hannah Eaton had came that day to help her Aunt Annette with the meal and of course I wanted to find out what all she had been up to…..Well, Hannah is going to go on a big adventure in January right after Christmas.  She has taken a job with the United States Navy and will be going to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba!  There is a Navy base there and she will be in charge of starting up and doing programs with the children of the servicemen and women there….even starting a 4-H club and other environmental programs.  She said she will have no internet or cell service there so all communication will be by “snail mail!”  Esther Curry, our president of the club, invited Hannah to tell all of us about this new adventure.  Hannah covets our prayers, so be sure to include her when you say yours to give her divine guidance and protection while in Cuba.

She is a smart, ambitious girl!  Judy Davis had a big weekend celebrating her birthday this past weekend!  She enjoyed eating out with her girlfriends….some life-long ones….On Saturday, she and Marshall also enjoyed going to a quaint little place called “Step-Back” just outside of Eatonton.  A man built a little village just like it was years ago with a grist mill, a one-room school, general store, old farming equipment, etc.  Judy said he had it all decorated for Christmas and was just as cute as it could be.  She said everyone should go and see it.  They loved it!  Happy Birthday, Judy! Gracin Wilkins attended the winter formal at her school, Westminster Christian School, in Watkinsville on this past Saturday night which was held at the Botanical Gardens in Athens.  Maggie Harper and Karalynn Clifton attended a swim meet in Gainesville this past weekend.  Karalynn place in the top 5 in all her events and Maggie placed in the top 10 in all of hers.  Good job, girls!

Connie and Paul Shumake had another busy weekend with their family.  They all enjoyed the Christmas parade up town Saturday in Madison and especially enjoyed watching their grandson, Bryson, march in the parade with MCHS Bulldog marching band.  They also went on to Town Park to see Santa Claus and to enjoy the caroling and Christmas music there.  On Sunday they all enjoyed the lessons and carols at their church, Madison Presbyterian Church.  The church was very blessed to have a string quartet from the Univ. of GA. to accompany them on songs.  Colleen Shumake played the flute on one of the songs.  Paul, Connie, and Colleen attended the choir Christmas party at the home of Connie and Eric Booth’s lovely home over the weekend.  On Saturday night, they all went to see “Christmas on Dixie” here in Madison.

It is a wonderful Christmas light extravaganza you all should go see.  It is right off of the Dixie Hwy., going towards Rutledge…you can’t miss it.  Today, Connie is busy making sea-shell angels as favors for the Madison Presbyterian Pre-school party tonight (Monday).  Connie is a busy and talented lady!  All of the John Richard Wilson family enjoyed the Prospect Church family Christmas party which was hosted by the Armistead family at the home of Melva Armistead.  Everyone enjoyed good fellowship, good food, and opening gifts.  Emelyn grew up in the Prospect Community and she and her family still enjoy going to church there. Jonathan Voyles and Madeline Porter were both in the Christmas play at Buckhead Baptist Church on Sunday evening.  Afterwards, all the congregation and families enjoyed refreshments and Santa Claus in the fellowship hall!      Christmas is coming soon.  “Glory to God in the Highest!”

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