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Don’t forget that the Richville Volunteer Fire Department will be having bingo on December 10 at 6:30 p.m. It’s a time of fun, as well as an opportunity to meet and greet others in the community. They have concessions available so you don’t get hungry or thirsty playing. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Wayne Ward, Randy Hammond, or Wayne Steverson.
Students just have one more week of school before the Christmas holidays. There will be an e-learning day on December 16 for students. So, the last day for classes to be in session is the fifteenth with a teacher workday on the sixteenth.
As you travel notice the houses and businesses that are decorated for the holiday season. I love seeing all the decorations, especially the multi-colored lights. To me, those will always remind me of Christmas, but regardless we need to remember the true meaning. So; as we celebrate with parties, get-togethers and presents; don’t forget that Jesus is the reason for the season.
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, joy, and love) using different scriptures.
The second topic is peace, so this week the Bible passage to share is Isaiah 40:3-5. It reads, “A voice of one calling: ‘In the wilderness prepare the way for the Lord; make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be raised up, every mountain and hill made low; the rough ground shall become level, the rugged places a plain. And the glory of the Lord will be revealed, and all people will see it together. For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.’’’
Isaiah is given these words to bring comfort and peace to a nation that has been exiled from their homes and the temple of the Lord. Next week, we’ll look at the third 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. 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!