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Hello, December! Happy birthday to all those celebrating birthdays this month.
Now that the Thanksgiving holidays are over, Christmas is coming soon! We had a great Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends.
Hope everyone that participated in Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping got everything on their wish list. If not, there will be more sales between now and Christmas.
School is back in session until December 16. There will be an e-learning day on the sixteenth for students to begin the Christmas holidays. So, the last day for classes to be in session is the fifteenth with a teacher workday on the sixteenth.
The Richville Volunteer Fire Department will be having Bingo on December 10 at 6:30 p.m. It’s a time to meet and greet others in the community. The fellowship means as much as winning. We have had some new faces the last couple of times which is great.
They have concessions available, so you don’t get hungry or thirsty playing. Come out and support them as this is a fund raiser. It takes a lot to keep all the equipment ready, gas in the tanks and the electricity on.
We have a great group of volunteers. If you are interested, please contact Wayne Ward, Randy Hammond, or Wayne Steverson. They can always use additional volunteers.
The four weeks leading up to Christmas are called the Advent Season. It is the focus on remembering and celebrating the arrival or “advent” of Jesus, the long-awaited Messiah and King. This year it is observed beginning four Sundays before Christmas, November 27, and ends on Christmas Day. Many churches and people light advent candles focusing each week on a different topic (hope, peace, love, and joy) using different scriptures.
The first topic is hope so this week the Bible passage to share is Jeremiah 33:14-16. It reads, “’The days are coming,’ declares the LORD, ‘when I will fulfill the good promise I made to the people of Israel and Judah. In those days and at that time I will make a righteous Branch sprout from David’s line; He will do what is just and right in the land. In those days Judah will be saved and Jerusalem will live in safety. This is the name by which he will be called: THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUS SAVIOR.’”
What a wonderful promise for us as Christians to know that this prophecy came true. The birth of Jesus is indeed the reason for the season. Next week, we’ll look at the second topic.
Continue to be in prayer for those that have recently lost their loved one regardless of circumstances. This time of year especially is hard for families.
The flu continues to be in and around our community, so pray for healing for those, also. There are several in our community that are not feeling well, so please pray for their healing in God’s will, as well. God knows their names and needs. Until next week, take care and be joyful!
Organizations in the area, as well as churches, I need your events! If your family has some news or an event to share, please contact me. I would prefer text to 334-414-7147 or emails to email@example.com, but phone calls will be fine, too. If you don’t get me when you call, be sure to leave a message.