How's your November going? Already listening to Christmas music on the radio and in the stores? I know!!
Speaking of Christmas, Bybee United Methodist Church members will be hosting their annual Christmas Bazaar on Nov. 17 AT 6 p.m. at the Waco Volunteer Fire Department.
Chili, hot dogs, dessert and drinks will be served at 6 p.m.. The auctioning of many items including baked items and homemade candy will begin shortly after eating.
Everyone is invited to come and have a fun time of fellowship. (Thanks to Sue Teater for letting us know!)
Flatwoods Christian Church will be having its annual Thanksgiving service on Tuesday evening, Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. Refreshments will follow in the Fellowship Hall. Everyone is invited to attend.
On Election Day at Waco Elementary, there were flyers on a table just outside the entrance to the school explaining about the bricks for sale to help fund the walking trail. There was a sign that read “Take One.” There also were three sample bricks beside the flyers already imprinted. At the end of the day all flyers had been taken as well as the three bricks. The flyers can be kept, but the bricks need to be returned to the school. We’re sure some person(s) inadvertently thought those were included in the “Take One” flyer information sheet. Thank you in advance for returning those to the school.
Happy birthday wishes are extended to: Ray Agee, Nov. 11; Faye Gabbard, Nov. 12; Gail Smith Lynch, Nov. 14; Pam Smith Hisle, Nov. 15; Joyce Rose, Sandy Jackson, Jessica Moberly Pruitt all on Nov. 16; Patsy Chenault, Nov. 17; and to Kelly Winebarger, Nov. 21.
On a sad note, deepest sympathies are extended to the family and friends of Freddie McCreary who passed away recently. May it help you to know that you are in the thoughts and prayers of all of us at this time.
Sympathies are also extended to the family and friends of Evon Medlock who passed away last Thursday. You are in our thoughts and prayers at this time as well.
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’Tis the season for giving
There is a feeling of pride that wells up in all parents when they see their children giving something of theirs to another person. It is all the more poignant when children are giving something that they greatly value and reflects a significant sacrifice on their part.
Young children are often looking for ways to contribute and help others’ out. The trick for parents is to have children continue their giving behaviors as they get older.
Moving to Richmond was the right decision
I was just thinking the other day about a decision I made 30 years ago that was definitely right.
I answered the call of First Baptist Church in Richmond to serve as its minister of music. My first Sunday in that position was Nov. 27, 1983.
The shopping frenzy cuts into Thanksgiving
Anyone who was out this weekend, whether to join in the bargain hunt or out of necessity, met with heavy traffic and people on a mission. Some in a great holiday mood and some frustrated with it all.
I heard a lot of talk about the days when the “blue law” that kept businesses closed on Sunday was in effect. This law came about in colonial times to keep a “rigid religious standard.” But as time progressed, it was shown that those not necessarily religious liked the idea, too, as a family day and day of rest from a busy world.
Does first Thanksgiving compare our observance?
I have done some research on what our forefathers actually ate on the first Thanksgiving in America. This is probably what happened.
Prepare your home for the holiday
Reading “The Night Before Christmas” has always been one of my favorite holiday traditions. In the poem the family has prepared for a visit from St. Nicholas with stockings hung by the chimney with care. The chimney must have been clean because Santa came down it with no trouble, just a little ashes and soot on his fur.
Difficult ordeal made easier by caring friends
I was just thinking the other day about a number of things related to my broken hip and that were happy experiences rather than difficult ones.
Resistance to change prevents opportunities
“I heard we may be getting a new computer system installed” a co-worker shares with you. “I heard the changes to the system may be pretty big. I don’t know if I can learn a whole new system again. It seems like it wasn’t that long ago that we had to upgrade to this one.”
St. Mark Christmas Bazaar Dec. 7
St. Mark's Christmas Bazaar will be held on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. One of the favorite items, the Cookie Trays, a glass plate filled with delicious homemade cookies and decorated with holiday flair will again be available as will tables of other baked goods including pies, cakes, coffeecakes, fruitbreads, candy, and homemade bread. Jams, jellies and pickles will add to the goodies that will tempt your palate. There will also be craft items and a silent auction of two wooden angels, nearly life-size and handcrafted by parishioner Don Fourre, that will be a bargain. What would be a better time than now to purchase them to decorate the front of your home.
Lower cancer risk with these steps
Cancer is second only to heart disease among the leading causes of death. In as much as cancer is the result of errors in the DNA code that occur by chance, the interesting realization is that we have enormous power over whether or not we will develop cancer in our lifetime. Based on the evidence, roughly 60 percent of all cancers could be prevented through diet and healthy lifestyles. Here are some of the most effective ways to lower your cancer risk.
Avoid tobacco exposure. Tobacco use and exposure (second hand and sidestream smoke) represent the single greatest cause of preventable cancer.
The power of routines for children
Most adults have general routines that they follow which give their day a bit of structure and predictability. For example, a morning routine can consist of turning off the alarm clock, going to the bathroom, taking a shower, getting dressed, and then eating breakfast.
The wonderful part of a well-practiced routine is that you don’t have to devote much mental energy to get it completed. These types of routines are particularly well suited for the beginning and ending of a day.
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