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Dec. 7 Cecilia News

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By The Staff

Cecilia

Irene Dodson, 862-3808

Getting ready for Christmas at College Heights United Methodist Church. Note the welcome sign displayed on the screen.   Winter has arrived, I do believe and I am never ready for cold, snowy weather. But regardless, I am thankful to be alive and happy, no matter what the weather is like. To have my family and friends, is the most important part of living. CHURCH NEWS. We received a blessing from the Thanksgiving eve service at College Heights United Methodist Church, sponsored by the Elizabethtown Ministerial Association. The prelude of music was presented by the Praise Team, and other singing throughout the service by the adult choir and youth choir with the congregation joining in. There was a wonderful crowd in attendance. Pastor Charlie Hatfield welcomed everyone and presented the Rev. Charles Hinkley of Lakeside Worship Center., vice president of the Ministerial Association. He in turn, after a short message, introduced the Rev. Henry White of Helping Hand, who explained the many helpful deeds the organization does for those in need. They helped 31,094 in 2007 and as of the last of October 2008, they had helped 22,551. Helping Hand serves Hardin County south of highways 220 and 434. They provide free clothing, food, furniture and assistance paying bills. A free will offering was taken from the congregation. The Rev. Coleman Howlett, Elizabethtown United Methodist Church district superintendent, presented an outstanding sermon. If you would like to volunteer to sit at the Helping Hand Christmas Tree in the Mall on Dec. 11, please sign-up on the schedule posted on the College Heights bulletin board. On Nov. 29, Scout Master Monty Gleitz presented the Eagle Scout Award to Jeremy Emmerling at College Heights United Methodist Church. As his Eagle Scout project, he raised money and built a pavilion on the church property of College Heights in appreciation of his troop having the opportunity to hold its meetings there. I understand many letters were read at the meeting from President George W. Bush, Rep. Jimmy Lee, Judge-Executive Harry Berry and other dignitaries congratulating him. He gave praise to his parents for his achievement, to his mother for encouraging him and to his father for his advice and help. His father, Ryan Emmerling, said he talked to him about religion and quoted the scripture, “Well done thy good and faithful servant.” It really makes me proud when our youths do so well and accomplish so much. The College Heights dart ball team played the Vine Grove Christian Church team Monday evening there, winning only one out of three games. They will play Mount Zion Baptist Church at home Monday evening.            The Doer’s and Goers catered dinner for Friday evening was canceled for the time being, due to illness of the caterer. If you wish to place a poinsettia in the sanctuary in memory or in honor of someone, please call the church office no later than Dec. 10. The cost is $6. HOLIDAY EVENTS. On Nov. 18, the Cecilia Christmas tree lighting was held beginning with a parade. The drawing for the 2008 silver dollar, presented by The Cecilian Bank President B.G. Owsley to a child younger than 8, was won by was held at approximately 6:15 with the lucky winner being E. Simmons, who had the honor of lighting the Christmas tree. After that, 2008 Cecilia Mayor Tony Raizor lit the caboose and the crowd proceeded to the Ruritan Building, where cookies and drinks were served. A drawing for a country ham, donated by Sheriff Charlie Williams was held. Santa arrived aboard a KY 86 fire truck with treats for the children. A nice evening was enjoyed. This years judging of the best decorated homes in a 3-mile radius of Cecilia will be held Dec. 12. First prize is $50, second prize is $25. To be eligible, you must turn your lights on from dusk until 10 p.m. BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION. Judy and David Ward gave a birthday party Sunday afternoon for their granddaughter, Cadance Paige Ward, 2-year-old daughter of Joey and Cheryle Ward. Other family members attending included her maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Webster; and maternal great-grandmother, Edna Drane. THANKSGIVING. Edna Drane had 15 to 20 family members to eat lunch with her Thanksgiving. She said they had an abundance of food, with everyone bringing potluck dishes besides all she had cooked. David and Cecilia Henderson and son, David Jr., from Knoxville, Tenn., spent Thanksgiving with his parents, Bud and Margie Henderson, and brother, Terry. Billy and Mary Parker had his mother, Ruby Parker, and their children, Sarah and Steven Holzknecht, and two children and Matthew Parker home for Thanksgiving dinner. Another son, Zachary Parker, is in service overseas and could not attend. I’m sure he was greatly missed. Naomi Ready went out to lunch Thanksgiving day with family members. Her sister, Janice, and Wilford Fields, Gary Fields and sons visited their daughter and sister, Gretchen, who lives in Tennessee on Friday. We were blessed to have 14 family members from Bowling Green, Louisville and Elizabethtown eat lunch with us Thanksgiving. We appreciated them helping with the meal by bringing dishes to add to mine. We had a great day, and my grandson, Brock and his wife, Ashley, who are photographers, brought their camera and made many pictures of everyone in the afternoon. GET-WELL WISHES. Prayer concerns include Freddie Delgado, Millie Hodges, Cynthia Fullen, Amaryllis Edwards, Don Mullins, Foster Skeens, Ruby Fentress, Gordon Burba’s parents and uncle, Virginia Palmore, John and Deborah Holmes, Bryan Lewis’ mother, Arnold and Kay Fulmer, as well as others who are ill but are not listed here. Also sympathy to the bereaved. Be in prayer for our churches, our country and leaders in these perilous times. For our military, wherever they may be, including Brandon Freeman, Brandon Swartzlander, Jay E. Holmes, Mike Holmes, Trevor Flowers, Matthew Eubank, Jack Bryant, Tyler Grinstead, Charlie Smith, Phillip Fulmer, Josh Webster, Sean Farley, Robert Gibson, Damien Rayles, Jennifer Tarrance and Mike Tarrance.  BIRTHDAY WISHES. December birthdays include John Holmes and Elvin Smith, Dec. 2; Wesley Houser, Dec. 4; Carley Higdon, Dec. 5; Paul Williams, Brian Hunley and Phyllis Everidge, Dec. 7; Wyatt Atcher, Dec. 8; Marshall Johnson, Dec. 9; Jane Lyons, Dec. 10; Sylvia Hill, Dec. 13; Chip Freeman, Sandy Humphrey and Sonja Roberts, Dec. 15; Nicole Humphrey, Dec. 16; Judy Edwards, Dec. 17; Bruce Seymour, Dec. 18; Caleb Roberts and Ken Elliott, Dec. 19; Harriette Ball, Dec. 22; Martha Richardson, Dec. 23; and Donald Alexander II, Mariah Higdon, Deanna Woods, Dean Sexton and Josh McKenzie, Dec. 23-30. Happy birthday all. THOUGHT FOR THE DAY. Ultimately it’s up to each of us to choose how we will live our lives, hold ourselves to high standards and continually evaluate what’s inside the image we see in the mirror.” — Eric Harvey HELPFUL HINT. Been on a trip and won’t be traveling again soon? Just toss a laundry dryer sheet inside your luggage before storing and it won’t smell musty the next time you want to pack for a trip. OH NO. Remember that once you get over the hill, you begin to pick up speed… How true it is SUBMIT YOUR NEWS. I need your news items, so continue to send them to idodson17@kvnet.org with news written in the subject line. Or call if you prefer.