O’Brien – The Beachville Advent Christian Church held their annual Christmas Program on Sunday, December 20. The children sang a number of Christmas Carols as part of a play where two tired “shoppers” rested in the “Beachville Country Mall.” As the children sang, the message of the true meaning of Christmas came through to the weary shoppers, and they found that Christmas is more than just Santa, presents and shopping. (Santa Claus was at the Mall, and after the program the children and some of the adults had pictures taken with him.)
The evening was concluded as we joined in a candle lighting service “The Colors of Christmas” where different colored candles told the story of the birth of our Savior. In closing, we sang “Silent Night” as each person in the room held a lighted candle.
We also have continued with our Peanut Butter and Jelly Initiative, and have made nearly 900 bag lunches, which we take to Live Oak to be distributed by Rev. Arnold Philmore in communities where there is need. We are thankful for the cooperation among God’s people in our church and in Live Oak.
Rev. and Mrs. Charlie Reed will be with us in the morning worship service on February 14, and we will visit the Still Waters Assisted Living Facility that afternoon to share a Valentine’s program with the residents.
McAlpin – The McAlpin AC Church has recently welcomed a new pastor, Rev. Robert Osburn and his wife, Diane. (Submitted by Bruce Arnold)