News from the Henderson Community of Chester County

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with Gloria Holiday

Hello to everyone! Psalm 136:1-26: “O give thanks unto the LORD; for He is good; for His mercy endureth forever.” I would like to take this time just to give thanks for all that we have here in the United States of America. Yes, a day of celebration of Thanksgiving Day is upon us. Nov. 24 will be Thanksgiving Day. However, Charles Dickens, a great English writer and social critic, said that we are mixed up in America. He suggested that instead of having one Thanksgiving Day each year we should have 364. We should use that one day for complaining and griping. Use the other 364 to thank God each day for the many blessings He has showered upon us. In all things we should give thanks. I believe all 365 days should be days of thanksgiving and 366 on a leap year. For this is the day the Lord has made, so let us rejoice and be glad! So enjoy this week with your family and loved ones. Please forgive me for missing last week’s paper. It was my mind and not my heart. However, I am here for this week! 
First let me say that the Veterans Day program sponsored by the Chester County American Legion on Nov. 11 was outstanding. My husband and I were not there because we were out of town. People have told me that it was a wonderful program. Commander Dunbar, the city of Henderson says “Thank You!” 
Last week was National Nurse Practitioner Week. Did you know in the United States there are more than 355,000 licensed NPs? They are an essential part of the solution to health care and work in a wide variety of settings to deliver primary, acute and specialty care through a caring, patient-centered, holistic model of care. Many of us may know a Nurse Practitioner. I remember Ms. Mary from Jackson. She was my Nurse Practitioner, but she has retired now. I loved her, and I always called her “Dr. Mary.” To all of the Nurse Practitioners out there, we thank you for your service and hard work! We need you like we need all the nurses and doctors we have! 
Do not forget the Annual Christmas Tree lighting on Nov. 29 at 6 p.m. on the Chester County Courthouse lawn. Come and have a cup of hot chocolate, take a picture with Santa and enjoy the Christmas caroling and much more. Hope to see you there. Dec. 1 is the Christmas Parade starting at 7 p.m. on Main Street, and I know it is going to be a great one. Bring the children and enjoy!
A BIG shout out is going out to Ms. Dee Arnold, Ms. Sandy Thompson and Mr. James Arnold who are the coordinators for Chester County Youth Basketball League. Oct. 29 was sign up time for anyone who was in kindergarten through the sixth grade for boys and girls teams. Saturday, Nov. 19, was the first game day for everyone. I am so proud to say that my daughter LaWanna Holiday is the coach for the Lady Bruins for grades fourth-sixth. She is volunteering her time because this is a sport she loves, and she wants to work with young girls who are interested in the game. When she is out there practicing with the girls, running up and down the court, I give the Lord the praise and glory because of her health struggles. She is a little fighter! God is so good, and He is a healer! When I contacted Ms. Dee about the basketball teams, I wanted to be a volunteer coach this year. LaWanna did not hesitate. She said, “Mom, I will help you.” That was music to my ears! I can remember when Frank, Jr., her big brother, and I coached her at the age of five. She grew up to be a very good player for Chester County, and now I am a coach, but she is THE COACH! We have seven awesome young girls on our team: Izzy, Emma,Y’Naiah, Hannah, Ali, Milly, and Za’Nyana. Seven is God’s perfect number.
For this grade group the fourth-sixth, there are four girls teams: Lady Lion, Lady Bulldogs, Lady Eagles and the Lady Bruins. There are six boys teams – Raptors, Grizzles, Lions, Wildcats, Pigs and Eagles. All of these teams have some awesome players and coaches. If you do not believe me, come and see for yourself at the Chester County Junior High gym. The next games are scheduled Saturday, Dec. 3, 8 a.m. – Lions vs. Raptor; 8:45 a.m. – Lady’s Eagles vs. Lady’s Bruins; 9:30 – Eagles vs. Grizzlies; 10:15 a.m. – Lady’s Lions vs. Lady’s Bulldogs; and 11 a.m. – Pigs vs. Wildcats.
Ms. Dee, Ms. Sandy and Mr. James, the parents, coaches and the City of Henderson appreciate you and thank you for taking time out for the noteworthy program for our children. Keep up the great work!
On our prayer list this week: pray for our United States of America and remember all of our soldiers. Pray for Ms. Ethel Croom, Ms. Cleo Polk, Mr. Clarence Harris, Mr. and Mrs. Cawthon, our schools, teachers, family, friends, and enemies.
If you live in the City of Henderson and have news about your family, birthday, anniversary, announcements,and things happening in the City, I need to hear from you. Call me at 608-6132 and leave your message.
Until next week, have a HAPPY THANKSGIVING! 

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