The proclamation of the coming of Christmas was heard loud and clear in the days prior to the birth of the Christ Child.

The Star of Bethlehem shone over Sandtown Methodist Church as the greatest story ever told was re-enacted in the live Nativity scene.

Creeping motorists followed the lead of the shepherds, who long ago, said, "Let us go even unto Bethlehem and see this thing which the Lord has made known to us."

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The old, old story of the Christmas Canticle was told in song by members of the chancel choir at First United Methodist Church and in scriptures as read by Rebecca Prince and Natalie Posey at the Sunday morning worship service.

Afterwards, members of the choir, their families and friends enjoyed lunch together at 457 Pecan at the invitation of fellow choir member, Jenny Dabbs.

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I have a wonderful Christmas story to share with you, as told me by Nancy (Johnie) Harris.

It is about sharing and what a story!

It all started back in the summer when Nancy and her friend, JoAnn Breland, were talking about what they could do to earn enough money for JoAnn and her family to return to Honduras at spring break 2013 on a mission trip.

The family has gone for the past six years, and needless to say, have a real heart for the people of Honduras who are in great need, both physically and spiritually.

Searching for an answer, the Lord replied, "You can make fried pies."

With God's help, the two decided they could do this, and the project began!

Carolyn Myatt had given Nancy a half-bag of dried apples from Tennessee.

"I cooked the apples down and JoAnn rolled out the dough. Carolyn's mother, who is 90 years old, told us how to make the crust. We had to decide what to charge for each pie, as we wanted to use the very best ingredients and still make a profit. It was our decision that JoAnn, Kathy Asbill and I would pay for the ingredients, allowing all the money we made to go toward our mission project.

"We have sold our pies for $2.50 each. God has blessed us and we have made enough money, a total of $5,200, to send JoAnn, Bob and Emily Breland and Ronnie, Kathy and Mary Katherine Asbill to Honduras in March."

The story of giving doesn't stop there!

Carolyn and her son-in-law each gave $50 toward the purchase of apples and peaches.

Johnie's cousins have donated enough money to buy 100 chairs for the village school in which they minister, plus 300 Bibles to help spread the Word of Jesus Christ.

Bob sold the boat he won at the Wild Life Jamboree, and plans to use the money to feed the entire village in Honduras for a week!

Nancy continued, "God has put people out there with hearts to help, showing us that He is in control of this project. Someone asked me what I was getting out of this, since I was not going on the trip. My reply: Blessed from God and credit from Him for every soul that is won while my friends are in Honduras. Hallelujah!

"We want to thank everyone who has bought our pies, thus helping us spread the gospel. According to Mark 19:29-30, anything you give up for Jesus' sake and the Gospel's, you shall receive a hundred-fold, now in this life and in the world to come."

Starting with apple and peach pies, at Johnie's suggestion, Nancy and JoAnn have added chocolate and sweet potato.

You may place your order by calling Nancy at 601-656-4882.

Please call in advance so that she and JoAnn may plan a day to cook.

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Members of B.A.L.L.(Be Active Live Longer) from First Baptist Church and their guests attended a three-day/two night spiritual retreat at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia.

The Celebrators Conference included sermons by popular Christian communicator, Phil Waldrep, ventriloquist David Pendleton who mixes humorous truths of God's plan in our lives with his high-energy entertainment, and music by the Rick Webb family who are celebrating their 30th year of music ministry.

They took the five-mile trolley ride through Callaway Gardens' Classic Christmas "Fantasy in Lights."

Side trips included visits to Warm Springs, Ga., the site of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's polio treatments and The Little White House Museum and grounds.

Enjoying the trip, along with bus driver, James Mooney, and his co-pilot, Shirley Mooney, were William Smith, Ricky Bengs, Pat and Kenneth Posey, Suanne Adams, Rosanell Phillips, Rebecca Barnett, Helen Thomasson, Jane Cole, Louise Wynn, Ollie B. Lacey, Elizabeth Watkins, Sue Lewis, Mary Rowell, Ray Fleming, Brenda Matthews, Jan Williamson, Pat Mioton, Barbara Thaggard, Eula and Richard Rivers, Gloria Burkes, Eunice Jones and Dorothy Thomas.

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In the spirit of tradition and friendship, the Tea Party Group met for Sunday lunch at Dancing Rabbit. Celebrating the season were Lynda Stribling, Laura Bryan, Nancy Yates, Marianne Enochs, Wilda Hunt, Pat Johnson, Babs Kirkland and Mary Louise Blanks.

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These results in from the St. Jude marathon/half marathon race held in Memphis recently: Sarah Katherine (Jody and Deree) Webb, marathon, finished in 4 hours, 3 minutes; Lee (Bill Dansby, Laura Bryan) Dansby Adams, half-marathon finished in 2 hours, 42 minutes; Whitney (Stanley and Kay) Salter Vance, half-marathon finished in 3 hours, 58 minutes; and Blair (Scott) Evans, half-marathon finished!

Blair wore a shirt which read, "One More Mile" on the front, and on the back, "Dear God, please let there be someone behind me to read this!"

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May the "Hallelujahs" sung by the angels at the birth of our Savior, ring in our hearts this whole year through.