-- Intended for last week --

I'm going to miss my usual routine on Monday's when I send my article in. I've been sending my article in to Linda Kennedy ever since I took over writing our area news many years ago. I'm sure going to miss Linda and I catching up on each others lives and giving each other encouragement to get through another week.

I also had her make sure my article made sense. Sometimes I would think one thing then type another. Thanks for having my back, Linda. But, I'm also happy for her to be able to retire and start another chapter in her life, which hopefully brings less stress, less hours and new friends and acquaintances. Break a leg this week, Linda. I'll be in touch and can't wait to hear how things are going.

Our past week, several days were more winter than fall with those frigid temperatures we had the first of the week, along with a little sleet and snow. I had a post on Facebook from five years ago Sunday, which showed the big snowfall, we had then. It was close to four or five inches. I'll be waiting for us to receive that soon. The frigid temperatures have had the leaves falling like crazy. Even though we are having a slight drop in temperatures later this week after the rain, our temperatures overall will be more like fall.

The fall weather has been great for our farmers as they continue to work long hours getting their harvest season to a close. I'm hoping they can get it accomplished this week before the rain so they can enjoy Thanksgiving week with family and friends.

Ann Burton is finally home after receiving a complete overhaul while she was in. Not quite a complete overhaul, but after all the additional tests and procedures she unexpectedly had after her hip replacement. She feels like she was overhauled. Still sore, but nothing like being at home to make things better. As she continues to recover, slowly at home, we are sending her our thoughts and prayers for a complete recovery soon.

Happy birthday wishes are sent this week to Jason Jacobs, and to our college kids, Hannah Wrye and Dylan Staton.

I want to offer a special thanks to Jace Hargrove for sharing with us for both services. We enjoyed having him and Emily join us.

Don't forget our annual Thanksgiving dinner this Saturday at 6:30 p.m. in the Family Life Center. Everyone is welcome to join us. The turkey, dressing, bread and drinks will be provided. Just bring your favorite Thanksgiving side dish and join us.

Next Sunday morning we will have special music by the deer hunters from Alabama. They have shared with us the last couple years, and I can't wait to hear from them again.

This is the last week to get your Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes ready and delivered to Immanuel Baptist Church. The deadline is Wednesday, Nov. 25. I think the date bring to church for Kathy to deliver has passed. Don't forget your $9 donation to help with shipping cost.

We have several upcoming December events. There will be a Baby Girl shower for Keri Copley on Sunday, Dec. 1 at 1 p.m. in the Family Life Center. She is registered at Amazon and Wal-Mart.

Friday, Dec. 6 there will be a family movie night for youth as well as adults starting at 6:30 p.m. in the Family Life Center. They will show the movie, "The Grinch." Wear your pajamas, bring your pillow, blanket and chair and join us.

Tuesday, Dec. 10 will be our annual adults Christmas party at Wildfires at 6:30 p.m. Individuals may sign up on the sheet in the vestibule.

Dec. 8 will be the last day to sign up to participate in the International Night, which will be held Saturday, Dec. 14.

You are asked to pick a country and make a dish from that country to bring to the dinner. The dinner is to bring awareness of the Lottie Moon Christmas offering for December.

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