Shady Grove Baptist sends 226 Christmas boxes

Members of Shady Grove Baptist Church express their appreciation to everyone who helped support their operation Christmas Child Shoe Boxes project.

This year, members sent 226 shoeboxes for the children. Cissy Locklear, Monica Doherty, Janis Spinks and some of the youth took the boxes to First Baptist Church in Hartselle on Nov. 19. Whether you packed shoeboxes, donated gifts or money for postage each and everyone is appreciated.

“Whoever receives one little child like this in My name receives Me.” Matthew 18:5

Forrest Chapel United Methodist Church Fellowship Sunday school class had their annual Christmas party on Dec. 20 at noon. Rachel Wallace arranged the event at Libby’s Restaurant in Priceville.

Twenty-nine members attended the meeting and everyone enjoyed the food and fellowship. Pat Shumate gave the devotional and Ramona James presented a reading on “ The Winter of our Lives.”

On Sun., Dec. 14, the Round Top Community Church congregation enjoyed special music at the 11 a.m. worship service. Vivian Summerford, Bro. Pearl Jenkins and Weston Hopkins sang “Silent Night.” They were accompanied by Letha Hopkins at the piano.

It was a real blessing to have Letha there again and feeling up to being the pianist for Sunday worship. Our thoughts and prayers are with Letha.

Christian love and heartfelt sympathy goes out this week to the family of Pauline Gibson of Mt. Nebo community and recently a resident at Summerford Nursing Home. Many who were not her relatives called Pauline “Granny Gibson.”

Most remember her for her good breakfasts at Gregg’s Grocery on Highway 55 and Alabama 157 at Massey. She was buried on Sat., Dec. 20, in the Evergreen Cemetery by her husband, the late Ralph Gibson and her daughter Frances Gibson Vest.

Forrest Chapel United Methodist Women’s groups met jointly on Tues., Dec. 9, at 6:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall. Lori Nelson welcomed everyone and recognized the accomplishments of members throughout the year.

Their dedication to missions and fundraising efforts allowed them to support numerous charitable causes as well as other community organizations. She also recognized president Jennie Turney for being selected by the group as United Methodist Women Woman of the Year.

She is actively involved with United Methodist Women on the levels of local, district and conference. Jennie freely gives of her time in each of these capacities.

Pastor Patsy Carlberg blessed the holiday meal prepared by the ladies. Attractive decorations throughout the hall conveyed the theme of the program Under the Gift Wrap, which was presented by the members of Sisters in Christ.

As we open, admire and appreciate the material gifts we receive, we should receive and appreciate the gifts we’re given from God. Members individually presented a representation of some of their spiritual gifts as they were described.

These are the gifts: love through sending His son, Jesus Christ, hope, peace, and His Word and also grace, resurrection, inheritance, truth, righteousness and joy. Only after we have ripped off the paper can we claim the treasure within, thus challenging each one to receive and use his or her God-given gifts for the purposes God intended.

The United Methodist Women’s next meeting will be a planning session for the 2015 programs and projects.

Belated happy birthday wishes go out this week to Tucker Boyd and Olivia McCleskey, both on Dec. 29, and Frances Morgan and Allison Lacy, both on Dec. 30.

Senior citizens in the northwest Cullman County area had Christmas lunch and bingo at Corinth West Baptist Church on Tues., Dec. 16. Twenty-three residents from several communities enjoyed the Christmas program by Gay Nell Wilhite, and the meal and four bingo games.

Bro. Glenn Miller prayed for our nation and the blessing of the food. Sixteen shut-ins received visits and meals from Jeff Reid, David Shedd, Belinda Ricks and Bro. Miller.

The next senior day will be Tues., Jan. 20, at 11:00 a.m. The menu planned is soups, salads and desserts.

Members of Shady Grove Baptist Church express Christian love and heartfelt prayers for the following on the prayer list: Charles Long, Junior Taylor, Marylin Russell Clark, Dale Boyd, Edward Kelsoe, Sabrina Millwood, Tommy Jenkins, April Griggs, Macky Vest, David Sparkman, Troy Johnson, Gary Taylor, Amy Lacy, Hovis Wynn, Sandra Blackwood, Thelma Thompson, Mr. Bobby, Faye, Brenda, Alinda and Laura.

The Emmanuel Mennonite Church members enjoyed a potluck supper on Sun., Dec. 14, following their caroling for shut-ins and elderly community residents. Their singing was by three groups from 3:30 until 7 p.m. This is an annual tradition.

Christian love and heartfelt prayers go out this week for Lois Penn at Summerford Nursing Home. Lois was 100 years old on May 26 and continues to rally after every set back.

Also with her is her son, Rufus Penn of Massey, who suffers from several illnesses. Both are long time members of McKendree United Methodist Church.

I want to wish all Hartselle Enquirer readers a wonderful, blessed and safe happy New Year.

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