October 29, 2009
The note came home from Erin’s teacher, Bridgett Dailey, that the children need to bring a pumpkin to school for carving.
We bought a small one.
That didn’t work.
Close to Nowhere
It’s beginning to look a lot...
I have been asked (repeatedly, I might add) not to mention the fact that it will be Christmas in 56 days.
My oldest granddaughter is fussing at me because I have Josh Groban’s Christmas CD playing in my car and as soon as I can find the rest of my Christmas CDs, they’ll be playing also!
The Preacher’s Corner
Shame to regard Christmas with disdain
Ron Ferguson, minister of St Magnus Church of Scotland at Kirkwall up in the Orkneys tells about an amusing incident in the Scots village of Langholm. Last year the townsfolk contributed an entire week of shared labor erecting Christmas lights throughout the village in preparation for the big switch-on in November. There was a technical program that caused the lights to go on earlier than planned, so that Langholm was aglow with Christmas all through October!
Nasty virus sweeps Emmerich household
I jinxed myself when I conjectured that I must be immune to the swine flu. The nasty virus has now made a clean sweep of the Emmerich household. I was the last of its victims.
I may have been the last to fall, but this fact didn’t prevent me from taking the wimpiest flu victim award at 1447 Rebel Dr.
Letters To The Editor
Freedom is a privilege that is bought and paid for by blood. It has always been so. It was true at Lexington and Concord. It was true at Gettysburg and Shiloh. It was true on the rocky beaches of Normandy and in the sweltering jungles of the Philippines. It was true on Pork Chop Hill in Korea and Hamburger Hill in Vietnam. It remains true in the deserts of Iraq and Afghanistan. Freedom is paid for by blood.
The crimson currency that has colored the soil from the halls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli has insured that our values and freedoms remain ours to exercise.
President Ronald Reagan eloquently expressed the responsibility that we all have to maintain our freedom when he said, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.”
While writing this I sit in my house, looking out the window at my church, listening to the sounds of my family. All because in an Iraqi desert, or an Afghan mountain, or on a ship at sea someone is away from their house, their church, and their family.
It is so quoted that it sounds cliché-ish, yet it remains true. Freedom is not free. We owe a debt of gratitude to all who serve in our armed forces, law enforcement and fire departments.
These uniformed protectors of our way of life are deserving of our honor and respect.
November 8 is going to be a great day for the Bethlehem Church of the Lord Jesus Christ as we dedicate the morning service to honor veterans and public servants. It promises to be a great day as we say “thank-you” for the honorable service and patient dedication that they show continually on our behalf.
Bethlehem Church invites the entire community to come and show your support and gratitude. There will be many special guests as well as representatives of the armed forces and law enforcement departments in our area.
We are honored to have many of our elected officials planning to attend. It is going to be a great event so come and say thank you to those who truly deserve the honor.
This great community event will be held at the Bethlehem Church of the Lord Jesus Christ at 10 a.m. on Sunday, November 8.
Pastor Jonathan Vazquez
Our hearts are overflowing with pride and joy with the success of our FunFest 2009 at Holy Family. We would like to personally extend our sincere gratitude, appreciation and thanks to everyone who participated and shared with us.
To our sponsors, Sacred Heart Southern Missions, we thank you for all you do to ensure we have what we need to teach, reach and minister at Holy Family School.
To the community and community leaders, we would like to thank you for your generous gifts and donations. These gifts helped us provide the food, games and prizes we were able to offer.
To the volunteers, your gifts of time and services were invaluable. We could not have done such an excellent job without you.
To the parents, grandparents and families of the students, we would not exist without your support.
To everyone who came and participated with us, we would not have been as successful without you. We truly thank you.
This is the first of many events that we are planning to present in conjunction with you, the community. We appreciate your support and thank you.
This event provided an opportunity for us to reconnect with you, the community. We know and value this relationship.
We are here to support, educate and nurture our children.
We are proud to be of service to the community and your children.
Again, thank you for your cooperation and support.
Clara Isom, principal
Please take time to remember our local “heroes” who are serving in war zones around the world.Shanika Buffington, National Guard, Iraq
Houston Brimmage, National Guard, Iraq
David Busby, National Guard, 2nd tour, Iraq
John Davis, Army, Iraq
John Westley Day, National Guard, Iraq
Charles Fairbairn, Army, Iraq; now in Afghanistan
Brandon Freeman, National Guard, 2nd tour, Iraq
Shane Fortner, National Guard, Iraq
Michael Garner, National Guard, 2nd tour, Iraq
Wayne Gowland, Army, Iraq
Jarod Grimes, Army, Iraq
Mark Holland, National Guard, Iraq
Tyler Holmes, Army, Iraq
Lee (Brandon) Hutchens, Marines, Iraq
Jason Janicki, Army, Iraq
LaVandes Lester, Marines, Iraq
Tanya Martin, Air Force, Iraq
Matthew McArthur, Marines, Iraq
Leslie McAuley, Army, 2nd tour, Iraq
Jessie Mills, National Guard, Iraq
Chad Minor, Air Force
Tavarus Mitchell, Air Force, Kuwait
Deidra Olive, National Guard, Iraq
William Payton Jr., Air Force, Afghanistan
Chadwick (Chad) Phillips, Army, 2nd tour, Iraq
Scott Poff, National Guard, 2nd your, Iraq
Deron Randolph, Marines, Iraq
Darryl Wayne Ricks, National Guard, Iraq
Cody Sanderson, Air Force, Iraq
Daniel Skillman, Marines, Iraq
Prentiss Shaw, National Guard, Afghanistan, now in Iraq
Mitch Swann, Army, Iraq
Stewart Skelton, National Guard, 2nd tour, Iraq
Landon Tucker, National Guard, 2nd tour, Iraq
Linwood Turner, Army, Iraq
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