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Greetings,

Due to the upcoming holidays, my column will be shorter. Hopefully, I will still be able to bring you my helpful, along with personal “goings on,” information. I pray that every one of you will enjoy the holidays with family and friends, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Saturday, Dec. 21, at 10 a.m., chairperson Carolyn Smith and her Christmas elves will pass out Christmas baskets at Bright Hill. With the recent passing of Pastor S.P. Cole, associate pastor, Rev. Pearl Andrews, will continue the tradition of a Christmas of spiritual giving.

Dec. 22, Bright Hill will experience Christmas in lovely music and phrases. Sister Janet Nabors is chairperson for this event, which takes place at 11:30 a.m. morning services. Due to winter weather, missionary meetings will be cancelled, hopefully to resume in the New Year. Rev. Andrews, teacher, encourages all of us to continue to read our bibles.

St. Paul has cancelled their missionary meeting along with their choir rehearsals until further notice. Pastor W. E. Gatlin, under the weather a few days ago, has reported that he’s feeling like his old self again. Both communities have been very busy preparing for the holidays. Everything everywhere looks very beautiful. I love Christmas.

Chairperson for KFC (Keeping Feet Comfortable), Tena Mebane, is accepting new packages of white socks, sizes kids and up. Get these into Sister Mebane now, as socks will be passed out on Dec. 22 in the morning services at St. Paul M.B. Drummonds.

Our prayers are with Eva Lois Smith of Millington Funeral Home on the sudden passing of her nephew. Funeral arrangements were pending. I recently learned that this young man was the brother of one of my cousins in the Atoka area, minister Sandra Timmons, whose father is my uncle from Jamestown, minister Pink Sherrill Jr.

There will be watch services on New Year’s Eve at several of the local churches, contact your church for more information.

On the prayer list, Posey Reed, Eva Heaston, Mary Sue Martin, Jessie Lawson, Clark and Birdie Jones, Eugene Baker, David Sneed, Callie Burton, Katarine Harber, Ruth Alston, Carlotta Jones, Charlie Boykins and family, Mary Ballard and family, Flossie Woods, Connie Brown, Beaulah Wakefield, Rev. Darryl Rozzell and family, Joesph Heaston Sr. and family, Marvaline Lee and family and Willie Reed Jr. and family.

Happy birthday to Rev. Pearl Burton Andrews, who turns the big 50 on Dec. 21! You are still looking good, little sister of mine. Happy birthday on Dec. 25 to Lucille Wright, Flossie Woods and Cory Alexander.

This is all for now. Remember, “Yesterday’s history, tomorrow is a mystery and that’s why they call today a present.”

Merry Christmas.

Until next time.

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