Georgetown-Chunchula UMC is the winner of a $20,000 WalMart "Food Pantry Holiday Makeover" grant. Rev. Diane Baldwin expressed her appreciation to all who took the time to vote and help secure this generous grant.
Helping Hands Ministry, an outreach program centered at First Baptist Church of Satsuma but including community, as well as church volunteers, has had a most successful year. The group, led by Leslie Walker, makes baby items for Ssav-A-Life at Women's Resource Center in Saraland. So far in 2014, the women have completed 326 blanket, bib and burp-cloth sets; 488 pairs of booties; 66 crocheted blankets; 38 quilts; 32 stuffed animals and various other baby-related items.
"We need more volunteers who can sew simple straight seams and top-stitching, and people who can quilt small quilts, either by hand or by machine," Walker said. One new request from the WRC is for the women to make simple bags to be used as diaper bags. For information on this ministry, call the church at 675-1280.
Chickasaw Senior Adult Christmas Luncheon is Thursday, December 18 at noon at Chickasaw Auditorium. Cost is $4 per person and reservations, by calling 452-6462, are required by December 15. Semmes senior citizens are celebrating the holiday with a pot luck lunch on December 18; call the Center at 649-2010 for reservations. And members of the Tanner Williams Community Senior Citizens Club have planned their Christmas party for 11 a.m., Thursday, December 18 at TWUMC, 1550 Grand Bay Wilmer Road North. Member Dot Pierce said that this a very special occasion as the seniors will honor "a very special" person.
The Music and Fine Arts Ministries Program of Government Street Presbyterian Church has issued an invitation to the public to share a “Festival of Lessons and Carols” concert-service on Sunday, December 21 at 10:45 a.m. The program will feature 9 scriptural lessons of the Christmas Story answered with anthems, orchestral and hand bell works and caroling. The event will include a massed choir composed of Government Street Presbyterian Church’s Sanctuary Choir and members of its outreach music ministries program--the Greater Mobile Bay Area Choral Society. This 50-voice choir will be accompanied by the Church’s Adult,5-octave Handbell Choir, “Sacred Tones,” and a 23-member chamber orchestra; music will feature traditional, classical and gospel choral selections along with caroling for all.
The program will be under the direction of Terry D. Maddox, M.M., Director of Music and Fine Arts Ministries. Government Street Presbyterian Church is located at 300 Government Street at the corner of Government and Jackson streets. For further information, call 432-1749.
Newton Cromer of Saraland notes that Mobile Pops Orchestra will present a free concert at Saraland Center for the Performing Arts on December 19, 6:30 p.m. Guests are requested to bring a canned good to donate.
Among the needs of charitable, non-profit groups this holiday season are the following items: One Meal for the homeless, coordinated by Mike McKinley, can use meats, 3-compartment hinged lid carry-out Styrofoam containers, plastic forks and spoons, 18" x 500' heavy duty aluminum foil, liquid dish soap and of course, money. Call 379-9014 to make a donation. All God's Children, under the direction of Sonya Humphries, 209-9163, is hosting a Christmas party for children in the Wilmer/Fairview/Semmes area and needs stuffed animals, dolls and other new or gently used toys.
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