Thursday, December 21, 2006
Chapel & Mt. Pleasant News
Brett Norton visits here from Iraq
“Family at Christmas”, presented by the Brad Becker family on Sunday evening December 10, was really great at FBC, Mt. Pleasant. If you weren’t there you missed a treat. Afterwards a fellowship with finger foods was enjoyed.
The children, at Carey Chapel Baptist Church, enjoyed their Christmas party on Dec. 13. The youth had their Christmas party on Wednesday, December 20.
Betty Anderson and family had a great Christmas surprise. Her son, Brett Norton, came home from Iraq. This is the third time he has served in Iraq.
Warren Teel is a patient at St. Francis Hospital. A get well wish is sent to him.
Emma Davis, along with her mother and father, have moved into their new home on Jessica Cove.
Nadine Thompson had surgery recently at St. Francis Hospital. A get well wish is sent to her.
Bill Taylor is a patient at the V.A. Hospital. Hope you will be well soon and back home.
Sympathy and love are expressed to the McCord family in the loss of their loved one Wayne.
Kathy Goode had surgery at Baptist East Surgery Center on Thursday. Pray that she will be better soon.
Tommy and Elaine Goode visited Arnold and Kathy Goode last week. Elaine’s aunt, Chloe Paton, from the Cornersville community, passed away last week. Sympathy is expressed to this family.
Thirty Keenagers, at Carey Chapel Baptist Church, had a visit from Santa Claus at their Christmas luncheon last Tuesday. Everyone received a gift, so everyone must have been good this year. “Eh, Santa?”
After the visit from Santa the Keenagers exchanged Christmas ornament gifts which were opened and could be taken away by another player. Pearl Kelly had hers taken away at least 10 times. She kept saying how pretty they were, so the group finally convinced her to say they were “ugly.” She did, but continued to lose her ornament to other players. At the end of the “take away” game everyone was left with a Christmas ornament. Kathryne Lewis, who had #1, was able to choose last from all the ornaments. Mattie Anderson was really surprised when she chose her beautiful ornament with a glass angel inside a ball. Of course, Mattie had taken it from someone else. The angel ornament had been taken by three other different Keenagers during the game. Then to everyone’s surprise all were asked to use their ornament to decorate the Christmas tree in the church fellowship hall. No one knew this was going to happen. Afterwards Yvonne Taylor played the piano and Nancy Boyd led the group in singing Christmas carols. Everyone had a great time and especially enjoyed the visit from Santa.
The next Keenagers’ fellowship will be held on January 2, at Carey Chapel Baptist Church. Everyone is invited to come, bring a salad and enjoy lunch at 11:30 a.m.
May you have the gladness of Christmas, which is hope; the spirit of Christmas, which is peace; and the heart of Christmas, which is love. Wishing all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
What I will share this week is a sad Christmas story. Years with my husband and children have somewhat dulled the memory of the time, but it will always be there in the corner of my memory, particularly at Christmastime.
I am looking back remembering the sad day of December 18, 1931. That was the day my mother died. My sister and I knew that our mother had been very ill because we had stayed home from school several days to be with her. It seemed she was getting better, so Daddy sent us back to school. But, before noon, our uncle came and brought us the tragic news. Our mother was dead.
I remember how devastated we were. It was almost impossible to accept the truth. My mother was my whole life. When we got home Daddy tried to explain about death, but how do you explain death to a three-, six- and eight- year-old? Our whole life had been turned upside down. I loved my mother so much and all I could think about were those longs days ahead without her. Daddy made the arrangements for the funeral while kinfolks and neighbors came to offer any help they might give.
I remember how cold and rainy it was. In those days the country roads were muddy all winter long. We lived about a mile off the main road. I remember Mother’s body being put in a pine box and being placed in the back of a wagon to be hauled to the main road. There a friend was waiting to take her body to Carey Chapel Baptist Church in his big flat bottom truck for the funeral. She was buried in the church cemetery. I will never forget how sad we were as we walked out the cemetery gate, leaving our dear mother there in the cold, wet ground.
We three girls went to stay with our Grandmother Gardner and our Uncle Bob and Aunt Sally Gardner. We took turns, one week at each home and then next week at the other home.
One year later our daddy married again and we had a stepmother. You could have called us the “Brady Bunch.” Daddy had three girls and our stepmother had three boys. About four years later a son was born to them, so you see, we were quite a big family by then.
Many years have come and gone and I have often wondered, in my daydreams, what it would have been like had my mother not died when I was a little girl.
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