By: By Jacqueline D. Gardner
Christmas has come and gone, but the reason for the season stands strong! On Christmas Eve morning, my mother, Lynn Atwill had a big breakfast for us. Those attending were Larry and Hilda Taylor, Vicky Meeks, Taylor Jobe, Lauren Lassiter, Kayla Lassiter, and my husband Jim and I were there, too. Then on Christmas day, we always start our holiday with the reading of the birth of Christ, and this year Taylor read it for us. The best thing about Christmas is the birth of Jesus and then the fellowship you share with your loved ones, both near and far, comes second to none other. You know I have a son, Clark, who is serving our country in the U.S. Army; well he couldn’t be home for Christmas this year. And my oldest son, Will Burdette, now resides in Knoxville and he had to work over the holidays. My son Taylor was at home, Kevin and his girlfriend Crystal was able to come by for a visit and Michelle, my husband’s oldest daughter, and her husband Larry and our grandsons Vance and Dalton were able to come too. That made for a very special glorious and wonderful day. We enjoyed our holiday remembering what God has given us, and the opportunity to visit with some of our children and family was a big bonus on that day.
Along with all the wonderful things God has done, He has given me the gift of gab. I am a writer at heart and am working on a novel and a book of poetry. I love writing this article and really appreciate all the readers that have called me or emailed me and told me that they love my article. I cannot do the article without the assistance of each one of you. You are the reason for this article. It is written with love to share the prayer requests and news of our community. And without you, there is nothing for me to write. So I want to express my gratitude to each of my readers for your wonderful words of encouragement and your prayers for my family. I know that God blesses me each time I write this article and I hope you feel God’s hand in my work. I am nothing without God and I know that too! Thanks again for being so supportive of my writings.
Nancy Elinor wants to say a special thanks to all those who have prayed for her mother, Mary Jean Petty. As you are aware, Mrs. Petty passed away on Dec. 13. She stated that without your support and prayers during this loss, she could not possibly deal with all this. So as I have stated time and time again, prayers go a long way. Our sympathy and condolences are expressed to Nancy and her family during this loss. Janice Page is doing wonderful since her surgery. Thanks again for continued prayers and concern for her well-being. Continue to lift Janice, and also Jim and I as we have both had a terrible bronchial infection and have to take antibiotics. Plus we are hoping that we qualify for the surgery in Vanderbilt, so pray that God will direct us in the right direction.
Don’t forget that Don and Carla Edwards are having a New Year’s Eve party, and they need a definite head count. The party will begin after 6 p.m., Dec. 31, and will of course, lead into the New Year. Contact Carla at 456-9967 so that she can have head count for this year’s party! I can promise you that you will definitely enjoy the celebration that they have.
On Jan. 4, 2008 at 1:30, Kay Roberts Smith, a local author, and former Sharon resident will present a program at the Sharon Public Library for the New Salem FCE Club. The public is invited to attend Mrs. Smith’s presentation on how quilts may have played a part in the escape of slaves on the Underground Railroad during the Civil War.
The Sharon Library hosted young people at two parties on Dec. 21. Jessica Breeden, UTM student from Martin, assisted as moderator for the game Dance, Dance Revolution Extreme 2. Those who attended were Naytashia Ward, Jesse Adams, Kimberly Sexton, Gillian Martin, Taylor Jobe, Benjamin Wade, Adrienne Martin, Sarah Wade and Dylan South.
Remember to watch out for pedestrians around town. There are a lot of children and adults walking through our town streets so please be cautious and aware of their presence. Also, be sure to be careful over the New Year’s Eve holiday. Each one of you is special so be careful and designate a driver if you are planning to drink! I have stated it before, I would rather go after my friends if they were drinking than to think they are on the road! Please, PLEASE be careful!
Chad Cook has a birthday on Dec. 29. Gary Page has a birthday on Dec. 30. Johnnie Smith celebrates a birthday on Jan. 2. The Sharon community wishes each one a very happy birthday.
Well, for today, that is “all the news that is news” from the Sharon community. Remember to continue to pray for the military, your neighbors, and that God will have mercy on our land!