By Anthony Phelps Sr.
And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.
The Richmond/Madison County Branch of the NAACP meets on the first Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, 302 Francis St., Richmond.
T.R.T. Ministries Fellowship
Friday, Dec. 27, at 7 p.m., the Rev. James Danis and church family of Lifestone Tabernacle, 1783 Lancaster Road, will be in fellowship with T.R.T., Ministries, 232 E. Main St. Everyone is invited. Host pastor is Brenda Douglas.
Fifth Sunday Service
Sunday, Dec. 29, at 3:30 p.m., the Tates Creek Predestinarian Baptist Association Fifth Sunday service will be at Concord Predestinarian Baptist Church. Host pastor is Elder Anthony Phelps. Moderator is Elder James McPherson.
Watch Night Services
The First Baptist Church, Francis Street, will conduct a New Year Eve Watch Night Service, beginning at 10 p.m., Dec. 31. The Rev. Robert R. Blythe is pastor,
The Richmond Predestinarian Baptist Church will host it annual watch night service beginning at 10:30 p.m. Dec. 31. Everyone in the community to come out and help praise the old year out, and praise the New Year in with God. Elder Raymond Walker is host pastor.
Every Thursday from noon to 2:30 p.m., St. Paul AME Church, 437 Francis St., Richmond, serves a free lunch to all who attend. “This is an ongoing, weekly ministry to serve the hungry, the homeless and feed anyone who walks in our doors,” said Pastor William R.T. Hale.
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Until next week, May the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus stay fresh in your mind and in your heart. Until we meet again, may God bless you.