News from the Henderson Community of Chester County

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with Gloria Holiday

Hello to my family and friends. It is good to be with you for yet another day that the Lord has allowed us to see. Not only has He allowed us to see a new day, He has allowed us to see another month. February has arrived. For this is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be GLAD in it. What does February bring? February is typically known as the month of Love, and we are encouraged at this time to reflect on the importance of love in our lives and in our family and friend relationships. Sharing love can come in many ways, from romance and gifts to acts of kindness and caring. This should not be just in February but in every month of the year.
Feb. 1 was the beginning of Black History Month. Black History Month is a time when the contributions and achievements of black people are celebrated and studied in schools across the nation. It is observed in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. In the United States, it is sometimes referred to as African-American History Month. This year, Black History Month returns to its roots with a new focus on black family ties. The theme for 2021 is “The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity,” which explores the wide-ranging diversity of black family life from single to two-parent households to nuclear, extended and, more recently, bi-racial.
Feb. 2 was Groundhog Day, an annual holiday celebrated in the United States and Canada. According to folklore, if a groundhog emerging from its burrow on this day fails to see its shadow, it will leave the burrow, signifying that winter will soon end. If the groundhog sees its shadow, the groundhog will supposedly retreat into its burrow, and winter will continue for six more weeks. The question now is did the groundhog see its shadow? I feel that he did, and we will have six more weeks of winter.
February is also a special month for our family. On Feb. 6, our mother Mrs. Annie Clay Brown would have celebrated her 86th birthday. It is hard to believe that it has been two years and 11 months since the Lord called her home. We are a strong family, and we strive on loving one another. Mother always said, “A family that pray together will stay together.” I do believe that.
Mrs. Betty Bass William is doing very well. Her daughter Latisha is taking very good care of her. I talked with Mrs. Glenda Jewell, Mr. Bill Jewell’s wife. Glenda celebrated her 74th birthday and is looking good.
Let us remember our inside COVID care workers. Pray for their mental state. You know this is a great toll on them, caring for the patients and not able to see their own families.
Chester County Head Start is still accepting applications for three- and four-year olds. For more information, call 989-2561 or 989-5111.
Happy belated birthday to Mr. Robert Bass, 2/1. We pray the Lord will bless you with many more! The city would like to take this time to wish all of our loved ones in the nursing home, who had a birthday this week. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!
On the prayer list this week: our children in school, teachers and our men and women who are serving our country. Remember to patronize with our local businesses here in town; let us try to support our own as much as we can.
If you live in the City of Henderson and have news about your families, birthdays, anniversaries, announcements or things happening in the City, I need to hear from you. Call me at 989-1907/608-6132 and leave your message, or you may email me at

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