Hi! I’ve missed you!
I trust all of you had a great Christmas and a happy New Year and you were not one of the ones with “the virus.”
All of our family have taken turns it seems with the stomach ailment, the throat problems and the unending cough!
We’ve not been alone, however. It seems a lot of other people have been victims to the little buggy things.
Besides the “bugs” making one confused, did you feel like you had two week-ends in a row during the holidays?
The “eves” felt like Saturdays, then “the big days” felt like Sunday again (whew)!
I’m just now getting on track with actually knowing what day it really is – one of the reasons, probably, for the Waco News not making it to print, huh?
We did enjoy seeing Santa ride around the subdivisions during Christmas break on the big firetruck, didn’t we kids?
Thanks to our firemen for making that happen!
Speaking of firemen, our Waco Volunteer Fire Department had their annual elections this week.
Our new fire chief is Brandon French. Jason Rawlins is assistant chief, Derek Kelly is captain, Herb Lovett and Thomas Azbill are lieutenants. Congratulations to everyone!
Our thanks and best wishes follow former chief Shawn Berenstain as he and his family plot a new course into their future.
From the desk of Tim Jones, pastor of Flatwoods Christian Church, we have these notes:
• On Jan. 6, the ordination of Phil Herald as a new elder and Andy Dunn as a new deacon, was a special part of the morning service.
• Young people will continue practice for the Puppet Ministry on Sundays at 6 p.m.
Hats off for a job well done on the Dec. 23 Christmas program!
• Our website has been updated in case you would like to peruse the happenings at Flatwoods via pictures – like the very special day for a very special person, yep, Harold Rice was that special honoree!
• Congratulations to Paul Dunn who came in first (for the third time) with his chili recipe on New Years Eve!
Birthday wishes go out to some very special people: Rebecca Tackett, Jan. 2; Geraldine Cain and Chris Stanifer, Jan. 9; and Jeff Marcum and Landon Flynn, Jan. 13.
Sympathies are extended to the family of Winnie Moberly, sister to Melissa Compton, who passed away last Saturday. May it help you to know you are in our thoughts and prayers at this time.
Deepest sympathies also are extended to the family and friends of Connie Dickerson (of Berea) who passed away last Saturday.
All week I have re-lived memories of “all of us” when we were just a few steps away, when our children were just babies and when we were so young. I miss you, dear friend.
Our hearts go out to you, Wayne, Jason and family.
That’s about it for this week. Have a great one – and with almost 70-degree weather on Saturday, I’m sure we can manage that!
Hi! I’ve missed you!
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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.
Time to graze dormant alfalfa
With the temperatures dipping into the mid 20s, now is the time to graze off alfalfa fields.
In general, we recommend allowing alfalfa growth to accumulate for about six weeks before the first killing frost is anticipated (no grazing or cutting after Sept. 15).
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