The Ladies of the Henning Church of God held their Christmas celebration on Tuesday, Dec. 6, in the church fellowship hall. Joan Vance started the meeting sharing about figgy pudding and some of the traditions and how it is made. She had made some for the group. Barb Seldomridge led in prayer before the group enjoyed a delicious dinner prepared by Carole Spencer. The president, Carole Spencer, opened the meeting and led in prayer.
Dyan Hefner brought the devotion, “A Permanent Companion,” by Gail Galloway. Most girls get a new doll every year for Christmas. They have new models every year that can do many things. A family had a visitor and he asked the little girl, “Do you like dollies?” She had a whole family of dolls and she had a favorite doll. Her favorite doll was tattered, dilapidated, no hair, nose broken, and an arm and leg missing. The little girl proceeded to tell the visitor, “If I didn’t love her, no one else would.” God is just like this little girl. He loves us if we are tattered and have broken lives when no one else would. Wherever we are, God is always present. He sent his son for his birth to be celebrated at Christmas and also, Easter when he died and was resurrected. God gave his son for us. She also shared about Cohen Bramlee, a little boy with an undiagnosed illness that has been in the hospital for almost all of his life which is around ten years. The doctors have reached their limitations in knowing how to treat him. We should feel much compassion for his mother, Carrie, because she has been at his side through all of this and if she would lose him, she would have to learn how to live again outside of the hospital and get to know her other children again. Please pray for this need.
All reports were dismissed due to Christmas.
Carole reminded the group that the church will be going Christmas caroling on Dec. 14. We will serve the Maxwelton Ruritans on Dec. 15. The church will host Community Carols, Candles and Cookies on Dec. 16 at 7 p.m. All are welcome to attend. Sunday morning, Dec. 18 at 11 a.m. the choir shall present the Christmas cantata, “ Bethlehem Morning.” Carole thanked the group for all the donated food pantry items. The items will go to Renick and Williamsburg food pantries. The group voted to donate money to the Laugh group at church to help with their Christmas projects. The group also voted to donate to Toys for Tots.
The next meeting will be Jan. 10 and Carole Spencer dismissed in prayer.
Attending were Alice Coff, Angie Scott, Barb Seldomridge, Carole Spencer, Cindy Fleshman, Donna Scott, Dyan Hefner, Fran Spencer, Greyson Brookman, Jamie Harvey, Joan Vance, Kim Brookman, Marty Burns, Pauline Perkins, Patty Owens, Peggy Seldomridge, Sue Hunt, and Pastor Robert O. Hefner, Jr.