Ain’t ya glad you don’t live in Utqiagvik, Alaska? Formerly known as Barrow, it is the most northernmost city in the U.S. and lies 2,000 miles north of Seattle. When the sun set on the town’s 4,300 residents on November 23rd, 67 days of total darkness descended on the town. Sunrise won’t be until January 23rd, 2020. As a sufferer of SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder), I have felt like a wilted flower now for about a month. No way could I survive without sunlight for 67 days.
The Concord Community Church has canned goods to share with the community and will be open Saturday, November 30th from 10 a.m. until noon for anyone who would like to pick up for themselves or distribute. The church is located at 196 Concord Road just off of Highway 156 and Sand Run Road and is easily visible as the white church in the middle of the farmland. For additional information, contact Mary Beth Osowski (812) 594-2228 or Pastor Steve Ward (812) 525-1243.
The Patriot Community Christmas Dinner will be held on Saturday, December 14th at 5 p.m. at the Patriot Town Hall.
The Vevay Music Club has been invited to participate in The River Apostolic Church Community Christmas Concert to be held on Saturday, December 7th at 6 p.m. The River Apostolic Church is located at 6160 Highway 56 on the west side of Vevay. An additional request to perform on Tuesday, December 17th at 11 a.m. at the YMCA for the senior citizens has also been received.
The seventh Annual Red HOT Hatter Christmas luncheon will be held on Thursday, December 19th at the Pleasants Rose Mansion Inn located at 806 W. Market Street in Vevay. Festivities will begin at 11:30 a.m., and will include a meal of roast pork, red potatoes, salad, bread, dessert and drinks for $20, which will include all taxes and gratuities. Everyone is encouraged to attend. Reservations must be made to either Joyce Johnson (812) 427-3932 or Kay Cook (812) 594-2281 by December 10th with payment due at that time. There will be a $15 gift exchange for anyone wishing to participate.
The Red HOT Hatters still have three options open for giving back to our community this Christmas season: Angel Tree, donations for the Switzerland County Animal Shelter and books for the inmates of the Switzerland County Jail.
Angel Tree would again appreciate hats and gloves for children from infant to aged 18 both male and female. In addition, personal hygiene items will be collected to distribute shampoo, toothpaste, body wash and/or bars of soap. These items will need to be turned into the State Farm Office (401 Ferry Street) by December 5th.
The Switzerland County Animal Shelter Wish List includes dry dog/puppy food, dry cat/kitten food, canned cat food, cat litter, bones/treats (milkbones), durable chew toys (i.e. Kongs), nylon collars (all sizes), towels, sheets and blankets. Also Cleaning Supplies: bleach, Dawn dish soap, 39 gallon trash bags, kitchen size trash bags, zippered baggies, paper towels and laundry detergent. For Rescues, they need: gas cards, zip ties, gently used plastic crates and driving volunteers. Donations may be brought to the December 19th Christmas luncheon or contact Kay Cook (812) 594-2281 for pick up.
The Switzerland County Jail inmates would greatly appreciate paperback books or puzzle books. No magazines, please. Donations may be brought to the December 19th Christmas luncheon or contact Kay Cook for pick up.
Last Wednesday, I had the pleasure of visiting with Jade and Mike Cooney of Patriot and picking up two boxes of paperback books for the Switzerland County inmates. Their generosity was only surpassed by the warm and loving visit that followed. Nothing beats time spent with true animal lovers and their very beautiful critters Ziva and Rommel. Thank you for the books and the splendid hospitality!
Barbara Barnhill of Patriot called to tell me that she’s still on for heart surgery and still needing prayers. Gotcha, Barb!
Prayer List: Firefighter Ron Brunner, Barbara Barnhill, Nick Vogelsang, Eva Fette, Connie Knight, Reverend Steve Ward, Travis Bailey, Eric Simon, Abby Galbreath, Ellyn Kern and Jerry Brown, John Campbell, Sharon and Bill Levell, Jake and Mickie Rader, Patty Banschbach and Red HOT Hatters Carla Burt, Mary Christiani, Sandy Dawson, Juanita Giltner, Barb Dowdy, Laura Riga and June Lack.
The Most Sorrowful Mother of God Catholic Church will hold a Christmas Eve Mass on Tuesday, December 24th at 4 p.m. There will be no Mass on Christmas, December 25th except for Prince of Peace in Madison at 9:30 a.m. Normal Mass schedule for the Advent Season will be Saturdays at 4 p.m. on December 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th.
Instead of a recipe, here’s a Thanksgiving Prayer to share. It’s called “The Empty Chair” and written by Erica Parkerson in honor of all of those we’ll be missing this year.
“THE EMPTY CHAIR”
By Erica Parkerson
The pies are in the freezer,
The turkey’s on the list,
But this Thanksgiving, oh how
A loved one will be missed!
Lord Jesus, please hear our
For those gathered around
A table that has an empty chair,
Oh Lord, comfort their hearts –
We know that you are able,
And let them know that this year,
There’s another chair at Heaven’s Table!
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