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Pride and fellowship abound in this season of miracles

By Jo Ellen Dale

Can you believe that Christmas is almost here – ready or not and I am not. This year I may follow the European custom of exchanging gifts and cards on Jan. 6, Three Kings Day.
I was visiting today with Jan Jackson and she was telling me how proud she is of her granddaughter, Julie’s husband, Dustin Williams. He will be singing the National Anthem at the Chiefs’ game on Sunday. I certainly hope he inspires them as they are playing a top-flight team. (Written later:  Turns out that something must have).
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Still trying to find my way around Facebook and have run across many old friends there. As I have said before, I am going green this year and sending as many greetings as possible through cyberspace. It also alerts me to friends’ birthdays, which I especially like.
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The carry-in Christmas luncheon for the women at the United Christian Presbyterian Church last Wednesday was lovely.  Some pictures may be seen on Facebook, which were taken by Rev. Johnson. I loved the musical medley played on the piano by Donna Matthews and narrated by Billie Hamann.
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The fundraising chili dinner held at the Senior Center Friday evening was a smash hit.  The attendance was almost a sell-out, the food tasty and the entertainment put on by the God Squad delightful.  My only problem, as usual, was that I was unable to hear all the punch lines in the spoken part of the God Squad’s Hee Haw-type show.  Their guest, Art Covey, provided beautiful songs with guitar accompaniment.
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On Thursday evening, Bonnie Pointer McCalley attended the Christmas concert, “Holiday Lane”, presented by the Fort Osage High School Choral Department in Independence under the direction of R. Elise Pointer. Also on Thursday, Mrs. McCalley had luncheon guests, her niece and husband, Mr. & Mrs. Nelson Enloe of Independence.
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I met Ronnie Russell by chance in the market and he gave me the happy news of his daughter Lauren’s wedding to Mr. Seth Jones. The ceremony took place at the Liberty Hills Golf course and as both of the young couple are from Richmond he wanted all his friends to know.
Lauren is the granddaughter of Mr. & Mrs. Roland Russell. Roland always remembers that Georgia is my home state and refers to me as “the GA peach”.Congratulations to Lauren and Seth and their families. We wish them a long and happy union.
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Virginia Larson wrote that she had a wonderful 90th birthday thanks to Pastor Don Smith and Cherie, church family and friends. She received many cards and  a poinsettia from her church family and flowers with balloon on top, which said 90 from her good friend, Barb Pierce. Her niece, Norma Dean Kendrick put a birthday wish in the paper.  We wish you a happy birthday and many more.
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Winter blew in recently, and if it rains anymore we may need an Ark. I know that some is good but we don’t need a flood. At least the temperatures are mild enough that it did not turn to sleet or snow. When I first moved to Missouri I was delighted to see a white Christmas, as it rarely snows in Macon, Ga., but it wasn’t long before I concluded we had had enough. 1952 was a winter to remember.
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I will close by wishing all of  you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. If you are traveling, I wish you a safe journey. If you are staying home, I wish you a happy holiday among friends and family. If you know of anyone who is alone, take the time to send them a greeting as it can be a very sad time for them. And always remember the real “reason for the season”.

Dalebdale@aol.com

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