News from the New Friendship & Mifflin Communities of Chester County

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with Vickie Ellis

Ho! Ho! Ho! to All! Well, the week has arrived! The week of Christmas. The skies were gray, and there was a slight breeze on Sunday. The temperature was 42 degrees. Mother Nature has really been swinging. As of this writing, there is no rain in the forecast, and the temperatures will range from 50 to 71 degrees this week. Just hold onto your horses; winter is forecasted to be colder than normal with possible snow around Jan. 23-24. Rainfall will be above normal in the south. This is just a sampling from the Almanac. Only God knows it all.
‘Twas a few days before Christmas, and all through the house, were boxes and wrapping paper and ribbon all around. The stockings were hung by the chimney with care in hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there. Now, Santa kept a record of all good and bad things, and the little chillun dreamed with delight as they went to bed. They dreamt of toys and candy galore, and they knew these were from Santa and not from the store! Alas, the morning came, and the sleepyheads awoke to find surprises under the tree of which they had not spoke. The delight on their faces was a joy to all, but Santa knew the greatest gift was there, always ready for His call. You see, Jesus was the first and best gift Christmas ever had; in fact, there would be no Christmas without the small lad. He came to live and love and save, and we must remember Him this day. He is our Savior, Gift Divine from beginning to end, our lives intertwined. So enjoy your Christmas and enjoy your toys, but always remember that first Christmas JOY!” – Unknown
We enjoyed the sermon Sunday morning at Friendship Baptist and had a very good crowd. We appreciate the very good attendance on Sunday night for the Friendship Baptist Church Christmas program “One Bethlehem Night.” Thanks to Donna and Bryan McMorris for planning and leading us all during this program. We had many practice sessions and to God be the Glory! We also were glad to have a very good crowd join us for our potluck meal, and there was plenty of good food available. Thanks to all who helped in the kitchen and fellowship hall, cooked food or helped in any way. God bless.
Happy birthday to Derrith Cooper and Ann Hinson, 12-20; Paula McKinney, 12-21; Shelia Smith, 12-23; Nona Seaton, 12-24; and Jimmy Priddy, 12-25. 
Happy anniversary Sarah and Don McLemore, 12-22.
Please continue to remember these in prayer Randy Baker, Sheila Berry, Robert and Joyce Brewer, J.T. and Jeanette Butler, Jackie Chambers, Tom Gaugh, Maryann Lackie, Martha Mainord, LaVelle Page, David Parchman, Pam Priddy, Jesse Pugh, Jake Richardson, Gina Robinson, Bro. Larry Rose, Kristi Taylor, David Tucker, Tony Tucker, Jerry Weir, Adam Wise and the families of Nancy McCaskill, Jo Willis and Clarence Wells. Also, please pray for our military, law enforcement, our country and its leaders, those affected by COVID and first responders. There are many sick and hurting. Please say a prayer for those; even if you don’t know their name, God does. Prayer is not an obligation; it is the greatest privilege we have. Pray yourself through each day.
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” – Isaiah 9:6. Merry Christmas! 
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 email me at mimmiepots@gmail.com. I would truly appreciate any news. People from here and those who have moved from our area but still want to keep in touch through the newspaper are hungry for news from home.
Until next week, Happy Trails to You.