News from the New Friendship & Mifflin Communities of Chester County

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with Vickie Ellis

Hello to all! By the time you read the Independent this week, it will be the last full week before Christmas.
The last full weekend is upon us all. We have done some holiday decorating, and it does seem to lift the spirit some. We have done most of our shopping. We are having our family get together the Saturday before Christmas. We will enjoy some food, swap a few gifts and be together for a while. It is very nice to spend time with those you love. Time flies by, and we do not know what the future holds. Enjoy the moment.
We went to the holiday mart in town Saturday, Dec. 14. It was very busy, and there were a lot of vendors and pretty Christmas trees. They had vendors from Mary Kay, Chalk Couture, several food vendors, clothes, handbags, jewelry and candles to name a few. It was really nice to see the support for this event and Carl Perkins Child Abuse. 
There is a lot of sickness going around. I know the stomach virus and flu are both active. If you usually shake hands, I would suggest a fist bump or elbow bump.
Be sure to wash your hands often and take antibacterial gel with you. Sneeze or cough into your elbow. Our son has the flu now. He did not take the flu shot. The flu shot does not stop a person from getting the flu, but it lessens the chance, and if you get the flu, it is supposed to make the case lighter. Here is to wishing you all a healthy winter. 
We enjoyed a trip to Top O’ the River Saturday afternoon with some church members and saw the Chickasaw lights afterwards. It was an enjoyable time, and the lights were very pretty. Thanks to all who helped to pull this off for yet another year. Thanks to Steve Priddy for driving for this trip. We are planning a trip Thursday, Dec. 19, to see Shadrack’s Christmas lights, and then it will be time for the schools to be out for Christmas break. It looks like the weather will be moderate temperatures for Christmas.
We will have a Christmas program at Friendship Baptist at 5:30 p.m. Sunday night, Dec. 22, followed by a potluck meal. We would love to have you join us.
Happy Birthday to Lauren Johnson, Dec. 15; Derrith Cooper and Ann Hinson, Dec. 20; Paula McKinney, Dec. 21.
Happy anniversary to Charlotte and John Webb, Dec. 17.
Please continue to remember these in prayer Andrew Acred, Lynn Allen, Jerry Bain, George and Marie Bishop, Charlie Brewer, David Brewer, Maverick Butler, Leon Carroll, Billy Dickson, Ann Hinson, Danny Jones, Lee Nell King, Sarah McLemore, Nancy McCaskill, Owen McKinney, Myra McKinley, Andy Maness, Nancy Morris, Billy Neal Priddy, Pam Priddy, James Reddin, Donald Rowlett, Dalton Seratt, Adam Wise and Trey Young. Also, please pray for our military, law enforcement, our country and its leaders, and first responders. There are many sick and hurting. Please say a prayer for those. Even if you do not know their name, God does.
“Holy Shelter” Diane Ranker Riesen – “Within a small and meager shelter/’midst a cold and darkened night/The greatest moment ever formed/came true when God’s sweet son was born/Wrapped by cloth in nestled straw/those close by Him were struck by awe/This tiny infant born that evening/touched the hearts of all who saw/God’s great mission now complete/A Savior born for sin’s defeat/completely human; yet ‘Divine”/would live His life to show a ‘sign’/It’s hard to comprehend that moment/Somehow it seems so unreal/but, oh, this babe would save our souls/and change much more than we could know/This Christmas Eve, this Holy Night/as angels sang in sweet release/the Christ child’s miracle came to be/and made a way to make us ‘free’!”
I pray you all have a wonderful week, and may it be filled with love, joy, peace and blessings. 
Remember: if you have news, please call me at 983-0718 or email mimmiepots@gmail.com. I would truly appreciate any news. People from here and those who have moved from our area are ‘hungry’ for news from home.

Until next week, Happy Trails to You!