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Terri Spencer, 862-4604
Merry Christmas, everyone. I started writing this article by talking about what happened in Connecticut this past week and then deleted it. My heart is broken for everyone who has been affected by this tragedy, but I know there still is good in this world and I will try to dwell on that instead. I am looking forward to the holidays, despite the fact that money is tight this year. I will be with my family to celebrate this most wonderful time of the year. And I will praise God that they are all safe and together this year.
ANNIVERSARIES. A very, very happy anniversary to Arnold and Lela Mae McGuffin of Eastview. They are celebrating their 65th anniversary today, Dec. 23. That is amazing. Congratulations to you both.
BIRTHDAYS. Happy birthday to Jesus on Dec. 25;Lanissa Elmore and Lydia Underhill on Dec. 27; and Sarah Sarver on Dec. 28.
COMMUNITY NEWS. Ashlie Pitcock, daughter of Karen Miller Halk of Elizabethtown and Dale Pitcock of Plain City, Ohio, and granddaughter of David and Donnie Miller of Cecilia, is serving in Haiti for eight months on a mission trip. This is Ashlie’s sixth trip. Ashlie attends White Mills Christian Church. She will return home for the holidays and then return to Haiti in January. Thanks to Donnie Miller for letting me know. I will be keeping Ashlie in my thoughts and prayers.
CHURCH NEWS. White Mills Baptist Church had its Young People Christmas Program on Dec. 16. It was an awesome program, put on by the youth and children of the church. Charmayne Mann, Bella Singer and Meagan Duvall sang, Ashley, Stephanie and Zach Sheetz sang and played the trumpet and the saxophone. Others who performed in the skit were Ashlee Skees, Sammy Beebe, Shaun Hay, Emily Bryant, Ethan Bryant, Joshua Spencer, Brooklynne Bryant, Mallory Hawkins, Mason Douglas, Peyton Linder, Kennedie Sterk, Alexis Sterk, Wesley Lawler, Gage Bryant, Gavin Bryant, Jaxson Douglas, Preston Meyers, Whitney Hay, Seth Hay, Spencer Hay and Camden Murphy. The program was followed by refreshments and a visit from Santa. Even the adults got into the act with Santa. A wonderful time was had by all. Thanks to Marsha Singer and Bettye Mae Raymer for putting it all together and to all whom helped with the decorations and the refreshments.
GET-WELL WISHES. Get-well wishes go out to Sydney Dover, Brooklynn Disselkamp and Abby Sarver.
PERSON OF INTEREST. The person of interest this week is someone we all hopefully know. He was born a very poor baby in a very small town. His mother was young and even though the baby wasn’t his, her husband raised the baby as his own. He grew up and others noticed how smart he was. He learned the trade of being a carpenter, just like his stepfather. He lived at home until about the age of 30 and then he began traveling around the country with his friends. Because they were all so poor, they walked wherever they went. He provided food for thousands; he healed many sick people and showed love and compassion to all. He was a preacher, a teacher, a doctor, a fisherman, a weatherman, a friend, a psychiatrist, a son, a brother and most of all, a Savior. He was killed, despite living a perfect life but rose three days later. He appeared to many before rising up into heaven to be with his Father. We are celebrating His birthday this week. His name? Jesus Christ. Happy Birthday, Jesus.
CONTACT ME. Please feel free to contact me at 862-4604 or email email@example.com if you have any news or items you would like to see printed in the column. May God bless all of you this week.