I love Christmas cards. Our church had photos taken for a new directory this year. I liked one of my photos, so had it made into a Christmas card. I also like Christmas letters. I really do want to know what is happening in the lives of my friends. I am always disappointed if a card does not have at least a short greeting in it. I wrote my “Christmas letter” this week and copied a hundred of them and spent several days getting out my cards. Yes it is only the 16th and I actually have all my cards in the mail!
Plymouth Women’s Circle met on Wednesday evening. We packed goody boxes for many people in the area. We bake cookies and make candy for the boxes. Since I do not make candy, I made a lot of cookies. Got all my boxes delivered but one and have been unable to find the person at home. Hostesses for the evening were Jessica and Pat Phelps, Haley Dixon and Joyce Steiner.
Hope most of you were not affected by the fog. I made a trip to Macomb, and missed the turn. I was afraid to turn around in the road so drove the entire bypass and entered Macomb from the north. Will be more careful next time.
Hancock County had its first “Antique Run” on Saturday. Plymouth Rock Antiques had cake and cookies for guests. Thank you Mimi! Had a nice number of folks in the store and know that at least one couple had been on the “Run”. It was a great idea-not mine unfortunately and I hope we can do it again next year. Sold several pieces of furniture this week and three lamps on Saturday. Thanks to everyone who came by.
Enjoyed visiting with friends at the Clampitt’s Christmas party on Saturday evening. I enjoyed getting to see their new home. It is nice to know that there are really some Democrats in west central Illinois. Sometimes it seems politically lonely here.
I counted nineteen children at church this morning for the children’s sermon. That may not have been an accurate count however as it is difficult to count constantly moving bodies. They are so cute. There were a lot of pretty hair ribbons. Next week we have our Christmas program during the 10 o’clock service. Why not come and join us. There will be a cuteness overload so be prepared!
Living Faith has been working on a new church directory for almost a year. It was finally finished this week and we got them today. Many people did not have their photo taken. I remembered just how important this is today when I was in my attic and found an old directory from almost forty years ago. It was from the period when we had “the Augusta Larger Parrish”. There were seven churches in that group. I am glad to have the old directory to remember so very many people who have gone on to the next life. It did make me sad to see our photo since Ben died in 2002.
At this joyous time of year, when we celebrate the birth of Christ, do remember that many people have a difficult time during the holiday season. So many people are ill. Some people have lost a loved one since last Christmas, and they will be sad. Some people have lost their homes or may not have enough food. Pray for these people. But also find Joy in the season. We have so very much to be thankful for just having been born in America, being alive and having enough to eat.
May each of you reading this find Peace and Joy in your heart as we celebrate the birth of our Lord. Merry Christmas to each of you. May we find ways to be more kind to each other in 2019.