Monday has arrived dawning a beautiful sunny morning, with blue skies and just about perfect temperatures. Sunshine is a welcomed site after all that rain we received the end of the week. Thanksgiving week is upon us, and we have so much to be thankful for as we share the holiday with family and friends. But never forgetting those that once occupied those empty chairs.

Our farmers are breathing a sigh of relief they were able to complete their harvest season in the nick of time and now can enjoy the holiday week.

I hope everyone didn't go crazy scouring the paper last week for the country news articles. Nope, I didn't forget to send mine in nor did others. Thanks to the Planet for sharing all the articles on Facebook, but I know there are many that aren't on Facebook. Hopefully things will work out this week.

We are all sending Paula Cummins our thoughts and prayers as she recovers from her fall last week that resulted in a broken arm and abrasions and bruises.

Ann Burton is slowly recovering at home and still needs our thoughts and prayers for a complete recovery. Congratulations to Ann on becoming a great grandma again last week. Granddaughter, Nicki and Tyler Sibley, of Destin, Florida, welcomed another little boy, Colt. The proud grandparents are Bobby and Cathy Burton, of Calvert City.

The official first gun season weekend is behind all the hunters and it looked like several were lucky. I enjoyed seeing their 'prize' photos on Facebook. I'm sure some are sharing stories of 'the one that got away.' But just remember, you all have another chance in December.

Jerry Wilson and Jason Ashworth returned home from a men's retreat in Gatlinburg last week. Jerry shared with us Sunday morning of their rejuvenating messages they heard. They hope more from New Hope will join them next fall.

We had a huge crowd Saturday evening for New Hope's annual Thanksgiving supper. There was so much delicious food enjoyed by all who attended, along with great fellowship. We're all very thankful to those who fixed the turkeys and dressing.

Happy Birthday wishes are sent this week to Kim Croft, McKenzie Stratmeyer and Matt Stratmeyer.

Happy November anniversary wishes are sent to Bruce and Debbie Staton.

We were blessed Sunday morning to have our Alabama deer hunters, Paul and Phillip Perkins sing several beautiful songs for us. I sure enjoyed their singing. What an inspiration they were. Both along with Paul Crowe, have been spending the last couple weeks with Andrew and Melissa Meinders, doing a little bow hunting first then for gun season. We are so thankful they enjoy sharing their voices with us each year.

Don't forget the baby girl shower for Keri Copley will be Sunday, Dec. 1 at 1p.m in the Family Life Center. She is registered at Wal-Mart and on Amazon.

Parents mark your calendars for Family Movie night on Friday, Dec. 6 starting at 6:30 p.m. in the Family Life Center. They will be showing The Grinch.

It is sign up time for the adults Christmas party. You need to be signed up by next Sunday. The party will be Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 6:30 p.m. at Wildfires in Vienna.

Also you need to sign up for the International Night by Sunday, Dec. 8. The dinner will be on Saturday, Dec. 14 and each person is to pick a country and fix a dish from that county. This is to bring awareness of the Lottie Moon Christmas offering we receive each year.

I'm wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving Day, and I'm sharing a poem I found with you, entitled "More Than a Day."

As Thanksgiving Day rolls around, it brings up some facts, quite profound. We may think that we're poor, feel like bums, insecure. But truth, our riches astound. We have friends and family we love; We have guidance from Heaven above. We have so much more than they sell in a store. We're wealthy, when push comes to shove. So add up your blessings, I say; Make Thanksgiving last more than a day. Enjoy what you've got; Realize it's a lot, and you'll make all your cares go away. -- Karl Fuchs.

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