Christmas Is Great Time To Count Blessings


Merry Christmas everyone — I hope that you have a truly blessed time with your friends and family over the holiday season.

This is a perfect time to contemplate the hopes and dreams of the new year to come. Most of us have faced a new reality in the past year or so, as we continue to try to make ends meet in a historic economic downturn. Still, for the most part, it seems that we can find much to give thanks for — whether it is the people in our lives, our health, a job, or just shelter over our heads. It is hard to watch those we have grown close to suffer, yet I continue to see marriages and families thrive in the midst of extremely difficult situations. So I sincerely hope that over the next few days you may be able to count your blessings, few or vast as they may be.

One of the best ways I can think of to change your perspective on life is to attend a Christmas Eve service. I encourage you to come celebrate the wonderful news of the birth of Christ — an event that touches each and every life whether realized or not. The Church on Randall Place will hold a Christmas Eve candlelight service tonight at 6 p.m. The church is located at 6338 W. Randall Place in Pine. If you have any questions or would like more information about the service, call Pastor John Lake at 928-970-4249.

Residents of Pine and Strawberry are invited to attend a free community Christmas dinner tomorrow afternoon (Christmas Day) at 2 p.m. This is a great opportunity to meet people in our community and to forge new friends as well as fellowship with old friends. The dining hall is located behind the Senior Thrift Shop in the heart of Pine.

With the winter weather setting in I want to remind the elderly members of our community that SCAF provides delicious meals at the Bruce Thompson Senior Dining Hall Monday through Friday. If you are unable to make it to the dining hall, you may sign up for the Meals on Wheels program and have your mid-day meal delivered right to your house. If you would like to learn more about either the dining hall meals or the Meals on Wheels program, you may call the Senior Thrift Store at 928-476-4633.

Between the rain, the busyness that comes with Christmas, and the new year, it’s a bit of a laid back week in Pine. Because the holidays fall on the weekend this year, my deadline to submit information will be Monday instead of Tuesday as usual. So if you have some noteworthy news to share with the community, please feel free to call or e-mail me. God bless and Merry Christmas! Jodee Smith, (928-476-3561) or


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