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To Decorate or Not To Decorate

To Decorate or Not To Decorate?

These last few days I've found myself in the middle of that age-old Christmas debate...do I decorate now or do I have to wait until after Thanksgiving? I've discovered a lot of people have strong opinions about the “before or after Thanksgiving” debate.

My husband is in the after Thanksgiving camp. It seems to him that people just pass over Thanksgiving and head straight into the Christmas season without giving turkey day its due. And I can see his point. When you walk into a store on November 1st and it's magically become a Christmas wonderland since you were there yesterday picking up some extra bags of Halloween candy it can be a little unsettling.

When I was a little girl, we put up our Christmas tree a couple of weeks before Christmas. Those who decorated their trees the day after Thanksgiving were the early ones back then. Now, decorating the day after Thanksgiving is the traditional day to start the season and the early birds get theirs up on November 1st. Times and customs do change.

So where do I stand in all of this? Well...on November 1st I was still admiring my haunted house on the fireplace mantel and my bleeding candelabra. But as I write this column, I've already been to the storage room to forage out my Christmas decorations and I have big plans for next week if you know what I mean.

Now on to some November birthdays. Happy birthday to Rosie Allen on the 16th. Birthday wishes go out to Carol Bray, Trina Napier and BreAnne Cornett on the 17th. Celebrating on the 19th are Judy Woods, Jade Fuller and David Rice. Happy birthday to Bobby Whitis, Drussie Gibbs and Nikki Watson on the 21st.

Happy 8th birthday to John Wiley Sibert, son of Johnny and Ann Sibert, on November 20th.

Bobby and Rita Whitis celebrate their anniversary on November 18th. Happy anniversary to Jeff and Tracy Allen on the 19th.

The Clay County High School Academic Team had wins over Harlan on the road last week. The varsity team won both their games and the junior varsity team won theirs, all by a large margin.

Congratulations to the CCHS Junior Varsity Academic Team on their win at JV Challenge this past Saturday. They came away with first place in Quick Recall and also won first place overall. Individual test scores are as follows: Cody Hacker placed 1st in Science and 3rd in Math. Megan Davisson placed 3rd in Science and 5th in Language Arts. Teddy Woods placed 3rd in Social Studies. Mason Rice took 1st place in Language Arts and 1st in Arts and Humanities. Taylor Shepherd received 5th place in Written Composition and 6th in Arts and Humanities. Rachyl Harmon placed 6th in Written Composition. Good job!

In Macedonia Baptist Church news, welcome to our newest members: Mark, Amy, Clint and Patience Smith and Kim Roberts.

Voice of Praise will be singing during the Sunday morning service on November 20th. Ladies Fellowship will meet on Monday, November 21st, at 6:00 pm.

Sunday, November 27th, will be the 2nd Annual Black and Gold Sunday at Macedonia Baptist. We will be honoring the CCHS Boys Basketball Team. Services begin at 11:00 am.

I won't skip ahead with Christmas quotes just yet, but here's a couple in honor of Thanksgiving:

“If a fellow isn't thankful for what he's got, he isn't likely to be thankful for what he's going to get.” - Frank A. Clark. “You say grace before meals. All right. But I say grace before the concert and the opera, and grace before the play and the pantomime, and grace before I open a book, and grace before sketching, painting, swimming, fencing, boxing, walking, playing, dancing and grace before I dip the pen in the ink.” - G.K. Chesterton. Have a good week!

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A Night Person in a Morning Person World

A Night Person in a Morning Person World
We had a lot of fun at our first Trunk or Treat at Macedonia Baptist Church. I forgot to count how many people participated, but there was a line of cars parked around two sides of the parking lot with their trunks up, decorated and full of candy. There was a steady stream of trick or treaters streaming through by the nicely lit pumpkins, happy scarecrows, giant spiders and other spooky stuff. Someone built us a warm fire and popped some corn inside and I hear there are plans for marshmallow roasting next year.
Congratulations to Jason and Kay Burns on the birth of their new baby girl, Klaire Elizabeth Burns was born on Friday, November 4th.
Lilly Barton Smith was baptized this past Sunday at Macedonia Baptist Church. Lilly is the daughter of Elbert and Leigh Ann Smith. Welcome to our visitors for our morning service and we'd like to invite you to come back and worship with us again.
In other church news, Voice of Praise will be singing during the Sunday morning service at Macedonia Baptist Church on November 20th. Morning worship begins at 11:00 am.
“How Do I Know What God Wants Me To Do?” is a new class being taught by Bro. Dick Smith on Sunday mornings at 10:00 am. This is an adult coed class which meets in the gym building beside of the church. Everyone is invited.
Ladies Fellowship will meet on Monday, November 21st, at 6:00 pm.
Birthday wishes go out this week to Michelle Wagers on the 10th. Robert Marcum's birthday is on the 11th. Happy birthday to Judy Hale Everett on the 14th.
I turned all of my clocks back this past weekend and I still could have slept later. It's hard being a night person in a morning person world. “I'd like mornings better if they started later.” “There is no hope for a civilization which starts each day to the sound of an alarm clock.” - both quotes, Author Unknown. Author Unknown sounds pretty wise to me. Have a good week!

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Fireplaces and Throws

Fireplaces and Throws

It's rough losing our pleasant temperate weather and entering into this colder season. The fireplaces and throws are finally coming in handy again. I guess we will just have to start looking forward to the first snow of the season.

The Burning Springs Homemakers met for their October meeting at the home of Rometta Hensley. Those attending were Virgia White, Mary Lou Reese, Gloria Smith, Rometta Hensley and Yvonne Westerfield.

The Clay County High School Varsity Academic Team had wins against Leslie County and Knox Central in their last two games. The CCHS Junior Varsity Academic Team celebrated a win over Leslie County but fell to Knox Central.

This past Sunday was Pastor Appreciation Sunday at Macedonia Baptist Church. At the end of our morning service, we honored Bro. Charlie and Rhonda with our expressed appreciation for all they mean to our congregation. Bro. Charlie was also the recipient of quite a few “gag gifts” all in the spirit of fun. That evening we enjoyed fellowship and a meal together. We love and appreciate Bro. Charlie and Rhonda and we are truly thankful for them.

In other church news, a new class at Macedonia Baptist Church: “How Do I Know What God Wants Me To Do?” is being taught by Bro. Dick Smith on Sunday mornings at 10:00 am. This is an adult coed class which meets in the gym building beside of the church. Everyone is invited.

The Macedonia Baptist Church Brotherhood group will meet on Monday, November 7th at 7:00 pm.

Voice of Praise will be singing during the Sunday morning service at Macedonia Baptist Church on November 20th. Morning worship begins at 11:00 am.

Sunday, November 27th, will be the 2nd Annual Black and Gold Sunday at Macedonia Baptist. We will be honoring the CCHS Boys Basketball Team. Services begin at 11:00 am.

TEAM Kids is every Wednesday night from 6:00 to 7:15 at Macedonia Baptist Church. There are games, food and Bible lessons for kids age preschool through high school. Buses run each Wednesday night. Call 598-5518 if you need a ride.

In November birthdays, happy birthday to Linda Spradlin on the 1st. Jenny Day celebrates on the 3rd. Eugene Hensley has a birthday on the 4th. Happy birthday to Abby Wagers on the 5th and Donna White on the 6th. On the 7th, Richard Jones and Avery Turner celebrate birthdays. Happy birthday to Mike Hensley and Sydney Jarvis on the 8th.

Remember to turn those clocks back on Saturday night and enjoy that extra hour of sleep. “A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor's book.” - Irish Proverb. “If people were meant to pop out of bed, we'd all sleep in toasters.” - Author unknown, attributed to Jim Davis. Have a good week!

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 November 2011 12:28

 

Trunk or Treat!

Trunk or Treat!

Happy Halloween! I just wanted to say that in advance and I also wanted to invite you to bring your kids by the Macedonia Baptist Church parking lot on Halloween night, the 31st, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. for “Trunk or Treat.” What is “trunk or treat” you may ask? “Trunk or Treat” is where many different families gather together to give their candy out in one central location, namely our church parking lot. So bring your trick or treaters by to make their rounds on Halloween night and you are sure to get “treated” well.

Happy anniversary to Dick and Gloria Smith. It is their 55th anniversary today, the 27th. Jim and Carla Taylor also have an anniversary on the 27th. Happy anniversary to Bobby and Rita Whitis on October 28th. Johnny and Sharon Bray celebrate their anniversary on the 29th.

Happy birthday to Amy Smith on October 31st. How neat to be a Halloween baby!

It's becoming that cooler time of year when we start to think about making a nice hot pot of soup or chili. Someone asked me about my chili recipe the other day, so I'll reprint it here this week. It's a super easy and tasty chili that my uncle used to make.

Ingredients: One pound hamburger or ground chuck, one onion, one can of chili hot beans, one can of tomato sauce and one tablespoon of chili powder.

Directions: Brown the beef with the onion. Drain and add a can of chili hot beans, a can of tomato sauce and one tablespoon of chili powder. Mix well and let simmer for a bit. You can also double this recipe.

I wish everyone a safe, yet just spooky enough, Halloween! “Eat, drink and be scary.” - Author Unknown.

 

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Cherry Pits and Creek Rocks

If were giving my column a title this week myself, I would call it, “Cherry Pits and Creek Rocks.” You see, Wayne and I took advantage of the beautiful fall weather and spent a few days in Tennessee. We went to Dollywood (no Dolly sightings this time), took a drive through Cade's Cove and wandered the streets of Gatlinburg. Luckily for me, we were in town at just the right time to hit the 36th Annual Gatlinburg Craftsmen's Fair.

Rows of vendors were selling everything from stained glass to candles, jewelry to birdhouses, aprons to pottery and so much more. I saw my first bowls made from hardened leather, jewelry made from flattened antique spoons and banks made from antique wooden post office boxes complete with the original combination locks still intact.
And of course I had to shop a bit, picking up an oil lamp candle made out of a creek rock and a heating/cooling pad made out of cherry pits. And of course, Wayne had to wonder about me spending forty bucks on a creek rock and a bag's worth of cherry pits.
In Macedonia Baptist Church news, Kevin Rice and his band were with us to lead the song service this past Sunday morning. Carley Hoskins also sang a special while accompanying herself on the guitar. We've had over one hundred in Sunday school the past few weeks which is a blessing. New classes began this past Sunday and we are still looking for new members! Come and join us on Sunday mornings at 10:00 am.
Momma had a couple of young visitors this past Sunday, Johnathon and Parker Woods, four month old twin grandsons of Vernon and Judy Woods. They were smiling and cooing and cute as buttons and we were glad to get to meet them for the first time. Carl Sandburg said, “A baby is God's opinion that the world should go on.”
Anniversary wishes go out this week to Lester and Cheryl Gibson on the 21st and Donnie and Jennifer Watson on the 23rd. Happy anniversary and I wish both you couples a wonderful day.
A lot of people claim Fall to be their favorite season. It does seem like a calm and peaceful time of year. As Elizabeth Lawrence said, “Everyone must take time to sit and watch the leaves turn.” Have a good week!

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