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Preparing for the Christmas holiday 2017

**BRO. MYRON Fears and the Christmas Day Event were in preparation this week for the United Christmas Day Service of Lower Valley Area. Surely all choir members have been present at the two choir rehearsals. The program will be held at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. These are joyful moments on Christmas Morning, in Valley, AL at 10 AM EST. Please spread the word. Musician and Director: Bro. Myron Fears.

**NEW HORIZON Theatre presents: The Gift of the Magi… which was December 14-16th, 2017 at the New Horizon in Downtown West Point, GA. For tickets: www.NHCT.org or (706)-518-6234.

**THE CHRISTMAS fun is still going on at: New Horizon Theatre presents Julia Langley’s: Once Upon a December… A Musical Christmas Revue. Staged by International Entertainer Julia Langley, with Alabama Avenue. Thursday, December 21, 2017 at 7 PM. New Horizon Theatre in Downtown West Point, GA. $15 General Admission Tickets. Reserve your seats by emailing director@nhct.org or calling (706)-643-7529. Proceeds support the new Horizon Theatre Scholarship fund.

**ST. STEPHENS CME Church is continuing the beautiful story of the Christmas Season. As we approach Christmas Day, we think more and more of adoring “Him” Christ the Lord! Sunday, December 10, 2017, the theme at St. Stephens CME, was “Come Let Us Adore Him”.  Advent services were presented by the Finch Families. Advent is about the coming of Christ. This is what the advent is all about. The Finch Family presented Joy. In advent, we are in a time of waiting. Like the Israelites who wandered through the Wilderness, waiting to come into the Promised Land, we wait for the coming of the Joy of Ages. We wait for the day where we can join our voices with the angels to sing “Joy to the World, the Lord is come!” We wait for the day when everlasting joy will be on each of us. Rock- Today on this Sunday of Advent and we light the candle of Love. First Sunday we lit the candle of Hope, remembering the hope which comes in Christ. Last Sunday we lit the candle Love. There is no fear in love, for perfect love casts out fear. We must remember God’s promise of joy. God promised to send a Savior to the people. One thing that sometimes happens as we get ready to celebrate Jesus’ birth is that we expect to be happy all the time. Joy is not the same as happy. Joy is a deeper feeling created by knowing that God cares for us. Joy is remembering that God sent Jesus so we would always know of God’s care and thanking  him for your son, Jesus. Thank you for the joy remembering Jesus’ birth brings to us today. Help us live in such a way that our words and our actions help others know of the joy you give. Amen.  For a topic sermon, Pastor Threatts used Scripture from Luke 11:3 and Subject: “Knocking at Midnight”. Great Sermon from Pastor Threatts.

**WE PAUSED for expressing condolences to the bereaved families. The Moore Family has lost their loved one, Mrs. Katie Moore, of Phenix City, we share your sorrows. We send specialties to all families and in prayer for your strength. She will be funeralized, Thursday, December 21, at Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Smiths Station, AL at 1:00 EST. Mrs. Moore is a relative of the Finch Family… Mrs. Moore’s Family presented the Advent Program today, Sunday, Dec. 17. 2017 and Mrs. Moore was missed.

**THE ST. Stephens Membership Family was happy to receive several Christmas Blessings in Literature. May the love from the Stable, touch your lives with gladness and warm your hearts with love and overwhelming generosity! Highly appreciated!

**PLEASE CONTINUE to pray for the sick and shut ins. May all of you have speedy recoveries.

**HAWKES LIBRARY hours (West Point, GA) Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 10-5:30 PM. For more information call (706)-645-1549 or visit Hawkeslibrary.com

**HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO: Ryan Nakia Winston, Dec. 21; Joni Coker, Steven Finch, Christy Patterson, Eddie Newton, Dec. 23; Mark Colquitt, Dec. 24; Rev. Ozzie McCauley, Sue Perry, Brenda White, Mark Hudman, Eddie James, and Jesus, Dec. 25; Kerston Beck, Dec. 26; Hugh Clifton, Bobby Jo Martin, Dec. 28. May all of you have many more.

**WE ARE wishing the two of you an outstanding celebration with love, on your Wedding Anniversary.. Mr. and Mrs. Eddie and Rona Thomas, December 25. Have a great future.

**PLEASE LET joy and love be yours on your wonderful wedding day, December 23. To: Mr. and Mrs. Rodney and Mershelia Heard, Mr. Richard and Emma Gibson, December 25 to Mr. Eddie and Rona Thomas. Have a blessed future in many more years to come!

**FOR SAFETY do not text and drive, watch for children on roadways.

**SPECIAL CONGRATULATIONS to all winning schools in basketball. Special congratulations to Lanett High School for being winners in Handley, Tuskegee, and Lochapoka, AL.

**BE SAFE and behave.

**SUPPORT ALL local events.

**HAVE A good week.