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It is looking a lot like Christmas in Calhoun County.

The snow and cold weather removed any thoughts of leaving for out of town shopping, but it was not a boring weekend.

Levi and I made two trips through the town to inspect the windows. He wanted to see the turtle with socks and turkey with a hat “one more time,” but it was getting colder and icy.

The sky was spectacular on Saturday evening as we circled the hills to Heartwood for the December Celebration. The program was planned for all ages. Small children were thrilled with the privilege of “helping out” and adults enjoyed the group singing and stories told by Eileen Evans.

Five students were recognized for their dedication to Heart-wood. Rebekah Amorosi, Jessi Cosgrove, Megan Ackley and Niki Liles enrolled as children at the age of 10, and Kendra Lipscomb joined the group this year. They teach some of the children’s classes and led the other students in a dance and song presentation of “Young and Positive,” which showed their enthusiasm for protecting the environment. These young people are on their way to becoming involved adults.

A special closing performance, “Dancing for You,” in honor of Jude Binder, was choreographed and performed by these advanced students. Their love and respect for their teacher was evident and it was also returned from Jude.

Sunday morning, children of First Baptist Church presented their program. Even though the weather and family emergencies limited the number of practices, they made a dedicated effort to praise God.

Sunday afternoon rehearsals of the joint choirs is improving each week, as director John Oshoway tweaks the music to fit the capabilities of his musicians. He does have to endure friendly banter between the men’s and women’s groups. The cantata will be presented on Sunday, Dec. 21, at First Baptist at 11 a.m. and the combined Baptist and Methodist choir at First Baptist at 6 p.m.

As usual, the long-time friends that we greet warmed up our hearts, even though our feet were cold.    

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77 DAYS OF PRAYER FOR OUR NEW PRESIDENT

Day Forty-One, December 15, 2008

36 days, 2 hours and 34 minutes left until inauguration day.

Today, I bring to You the need for Your grace, wisdom and help for President-Elect Obama’s choice for Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano. I pray that You will strengthen and guide her as she prepares to lead this important department of our government. Bless her with Your favor, that her skills and abilities may be enhanced by You as she plans and prepares. I pray this in Jesus’ holy name, amen.

Love and faithfulness keep a king safe; through love his throne is made secure.  -- Proverbs 20:28.

O’ loving and faithful God, Your power and grace hold all things together, keeping us secure and safe no matter what is happening in the world around us. I praise You for being the ultimate and only true source of security and hope. I praise You for the many ways You offer Yourself as our refuge. Thank You for this truth, O’ Lord most high!

These prayers are from PrayerTeam@PresidentialPrayer Team.net. This site gives a prayer each day of the 77 days between election and inauguration.

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