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with Gloria Holiday

Hello to my family and friends. It is good to be with you on 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. Remember this is the day the Lord has made! Let us rejoice and be glad in it. You can cast your burden on the Lord, and He will sustain you! He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.
February has made its arrival. In the United States, the month of February begins with a very odd ritual started in the late 1800s by German settlers in Pennsylvania. On Feb. 2, or “Groundhog Day,” some look to see if a groundhog sees his shadow. If he sees the shadow, the legend holds that winter weather will last another six weeks (roughly until the first day of spring). However, if the groundhog does not see his shadow, then spring weather will come sooner. Did you pay attention that we lived to see 2/2/2022 on the calendar? We will not see this sequence again until 2/2/2222.
Back to the groundhog! No matter what that little furry animal does, February is a frigid month across most of the country. It is the last month of winter, after all. However, signs of spring do tend to emerge by the end of the month in most parts of the country. At this moment I do not know if he saw his shadow or not, but one thing I do know, I am ready for Spring!
February is Black History month. Every February, the U.S. honors the contributions and sacrifices of African Americans who have helped shape the nation. Black History Month celebrates the rich cultural heritage, triumphs and adversities that are an indelible part of our country’s history. This year’s theme, “Black Health and Wellness,” pays homage to medical scholars and health care providers. The theme is especially timely as we enter the third year of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has disproportionately affected minority communities and placed unique burdens on Black health care professionals. “There is no American history without African American history,” said Sara Clarke Kaplan, executive director of the Antiracist Research & Policy Center at American University in Washington, D.C. The Black experience, she said, is embedded in “everything we think of as ‘American history.’ “ Yes, it is!
February is also a celebration of love. We call it Valentine’s Day. The root of Valentine’s Day goes back to ancient times when people paid honor to the Roman God of Fertility. This was known as the Feast of Lupercalia and was celebrated even then on Feb. 14. It is a time to exchange cards or small gifts. Chocolates, flowers, jewelry and romantic dinners are the big hits of this holiday. It is also a fun event for kids and family. We have nine days to make sure everything is ready for the people we love.
On Feb. 21, we will observe Presidents’ Day. George Washington was the first president. He and Abraham Lincoln both were born in February, but we honor all the presidents who have served in the United States on this day.
There is a special person celebrating their birthday on Feb. 6, Mrs. Annie Brown my (mother). I will always remember the laughter and joy we had. She is no longer with us, but she is in my heart! Cooking was one of her favorite things to do other than praising the Lord! Yes, I miss and love my mother! Ms. Annie would have been 88 years young!
Chester County Head Start is accepting applications for three and four year olds. For more information, call 989-2561 or 989-5111.
Happy belated birthday 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 a HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
On the prayer list this week: our children in school, teachers and our men and women that 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 608-6132 cell or home at 989-1907 and leave your message, or you may email me at

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