• Remember the reason for the season


    “Behold a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” Isaiah 7:14.
    From the vantage of Mary and Joseph’s neighbor and relatives, Jesus’ birth may have seemed rather ordinary as far as births do.
    However, the gospelwriters who detail his coming, Matthew included, show that Jesus’ arrival was anything but normal. It was the fulfillment of prophecy.

  • Give Thanksgiving always


    Though this is the season of Thanksgiving, it’s always a great time to give God thanks for the many blessings in our lives and for bringing us through the hardships of life.  
    Many people struggle with great needs, adversities, and losses. Yet, we still have so much to be thankful for in the midst of our adversities, as we see God’s hand at work in all things, assured that God truly is working for good for those who love the Lord.

  • Death comes in threes


    As a girl, I remember hearing my mother and grandmother always saying, “Death comes in threes.”
    I found this to be a terrifying statement. As a funeral director, I now understand how this old saying, coincides with the risk of death multiplicity within families or friendship groups.
    Generally, survivors will feel desolate or alone for a period of time. Navigating back to a healthy state of living is essential for the survivor. If this is not accomplished, difficulties, illnesses and even death may follow.

  • OUT TO PASTOR: It was a Dickens kind of year


    While many people are out on a shopping spree to liquidate any cash reserves they might have left, I am taking this time to do a little bit of reflection.

  • Church Briefs

    • Christmas Concert set at Mount Beasor Church

    Mount Beasor Baptist Church in Sopchoppy will present a Christmas Concert on Sunday, Dec. 8 at  6 p.m.
    The Tom Roberts Ensemble will perform traditional Christmas carols and gospel hymns with musical accompaniment that includes guitar, violin, keyboards, harmonica, concertina and trumpet.
    Elder Bruce Taylor and the church congregation extend a cordial invitation to all.
    Food and fellowship in McKenzie Hall will follow the concert.

  • Covenant Hospice teaches about special care of hospice

    Special to The News

    November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month and hospices across the country are reaching out to raise awareness about important care issues for people coping with life-limiting illness.

  • A Thanksgiving loss


    I had a dear friend die this past year.  
    Although he passed away in a different state, I go to his social media page and leave him messages every now and then. I miss him so terribly, because he was an amazing human being.  
    His heart was true and good, and he was honest with his fellow man and with himself. He was a friend to my family, and when you met him, you loved him, because of his goodness.  

  • Messiah set for Dec. 8

    Handel’s Messiah will be performed  for the 13th year by the Wakulla Community Chorus on Sunday, Dec. 8, at 3 p.m. at Sopchoppy United Methodist Church.
     The chorus of 50 singers and musicians is directed by Reba Mason.
     Soloists are Daryl Langston, Becton Roddenberry, Terri Egler, Arlene Petrandis, Edie Brandt, Patsy Roberts, Staci Welch, Leah McManus, and Laura Hudson.
     Accompanists are Chris Hart, piano and Jennifer Brown, organ.

  • OUT TO PASTOR: ‘Tis the season to stuff myself and get away with it


    Now that summer is out of the way and the holiday season has begun, I can throw out the kitchen window all of those diet restrictions introduced by the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage. After all, the whole purpose of the holiday season is to eat.
    It begins in late October with the mass distribution of candy, which I have no objection. A little candy in somebody’s life can go a long way to produce happiness. Why, a handful of jelly beans really makes the world go around, which may be why I am just a little bit dizzy.

  • Church Briefs

    • Charlotte’s Faith to hold Holy Ghost revival

    Charlotte’s Faith and Deliverance Temple will hold a Holy Ghost healing revival at the church Nov. 28 through Nov. 30 at 7:30 p.m. nightly.
    Apostle Tony Sanders will be presiding.
    Charlotte’s Faith is located at 150 Brown Donaldson Road. Bishop Alice Williams is pastor.
    Everyone is invited.

    • Holiday alternatives for gift giving