Here is what you need to know now: We are off and running!
VOLUNTEERS from the Faith Community share their Navivity Sets with the public for one week’s time. (See Saturday, November 18th.)
Volunteers help with the pre-display set-up, registration of the Nativities, and the take-down and clean-up of the event. Volunteer musical performances take place every hour with everything from vocal solos to bell ringers to ukulele players. Last year there was a group with bagpipe players and drums and they were marvelous.
So here is the rest of what you need to know, for now:
Monday, November 13th from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Nativity Setup begins daily through Monday, November 27th.
Approximately 6-8 Volunteers, with irons and ironing boards are needed daily.
Saturday, November 18th from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Nativity Check-in begins.
Children’s Art Submission begins.
Monday, November 20th from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.
Nativity Check-in continues.
Children’s Art Submission continue.
Nativity Designers begin daily through Monday, November 27th.
Thursday & Friday, November 23rd & 24th ~ Thanksgiving… nothing on these two days but….
Final preparations will take place on Saturday and Monday, November 25th & 27th as needed.
TAKE DOWN BEGINS MONDAY DECEMBER 4th and runs through the 6th so I will post more about that later for several volunteers are needed then too!
EVERY Sunday as I leave Church, I turn right, then left and straight ahead of me is anabortion clinic. And every Sunday it makes me feel sick to my stomach because it is located in one of the most troubled areas of town, Zone 11 in Montgomery, Alabama.
I am thankful for women like Star Parker who fight the good fight. It must take an amazing amount of courage to tell and retell the tragic story of a personal nature over and over again.
When an event, like a hurricane or tropical storm, takes place that creates the need to cancel worship services for the safety of our congregation we are then encouraged
“to spend time together as a family in Scripture study and prayer as it is still the Lord’s holy day. Consider ways where you can come together as a family to be strengthened in faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.”
In our home we are thankful to have electricity and to have weathered the storm without incident so we offer prayers of gratitude and read the scriptures.
We turn on the Roku and dial into YouTube where we find the Mormon Channel. We proceed to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir live feed to see their morning broadcast of MUSIC & THE SPOKEN WORD and we enjoy several more videos.
From General Conference last weekend, we replay the Saturday morning session and then we each take some time to work on our respective callings, his as Bishop and mine as a Primary worker with the MoTab music feed streaming throughout the house.
“Tropical Depression Nate (recently downgraded) is rolling through central Alabama. There is an area of gusty wind and heavy rain falling just east of the center; this will continue to affect Chilton, Coosa, Tallapoosa and Chambers counties over the next few hours…montgomery.raycomweather.com
There are folks who think nothing of Christmas should be seen before Halloween, but I say BRING IT ON! I love the Christmas decor, especially in the South where the seasons are not as obvious as they are up North. Of course I understand the commercialism side of not wanting to see the decor up too soon. However, knowing what the real meaning of Christmas is, it makes me ever so happy the moment the first of the fake trees or decorations or wrapping paper or whatever appears! Especially Music!
Having a ton of decorations all over my house is not my thing. I have several Nativity sets that I love to display. Normally I have them in my hutch for display year round. Last year we moved to a smaller place in another state so I only have one out now and use the rest of the space to store all of my dishes, flatware, and glassware.
That reminds me to put in a plug for the MONTGOMERY INTERFAITH NATIVITY EXHIBIT this year. It was so lovely last year. It was my first time attending the display. This year should really be lovely as members from many congregations bring their Nativity sets to share with the Montgomery community. It is an incredible display of unity where we can demonstrate that we truly are of one heart and one mind in celebrating the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ.
The photos below are some I took from last year’s event where I volunteered to be a hostess for a few sessions. Definitely, I will be volunteering as a hostess again this year and look forward to doing so with great anticipation.
The Music Event Coordinator, my dear friend Stephanie Ladner, invited me to sing for a twenty minute segment. That is a long stretch for me as a soloist. She smiled and said she would take fifteen if I was willing.
IF I say (teeth chattering) Yes, it will probably only be for fifteen because twenty is a long time. #LookingUpSheetMusicNow
It was a fantastic day today. The Honey-do and I had a lot of running around today and it was a hot one! I need to get this posted before midnight so just a quick little notation. Shoot… it’s after midnight, darn it!
We were able to make it up to Prattville to see Four Teams from Guns Out CrossFit compete in the Swolemate 2017. It was brutal for the teams in this sultry, Alabama heat! It was 94F with a RealFeel of 113F at 56% humidity and that was at 4-5 p.m. in Montgomery so imagine it was pretty close to that 30 mintues up the road, in the Stadium, in the full sun.
Anyway, we got up to the games about 7 and it was still in the mid-90s. Brutal. But there they all were powering through the next two events.
I was sorry we had to leave before the last two events but my mates were looking pretty awesome.
174/365 … on day 175 darn it! Missed it by that much… 8 mins.
We wanted to do a little shopping today so opted to take a short drive to Wetumpke Walmart to check out some items in the big box store. It is not that far from our house, about ten miles as a lovely, peaceful drive.
We stopped to have dinner at Los Mayas Mexican Restaurant before perusing Walmart. It was karaoke night at the restaurant. They have karaoke every Thursday and every other Saturday evening.
Wetumpke, we are making some plans to return soon with a list of songs to sing!
Oh, and shopping at Walmart was a great experience too. Just another lovely experience on a Saturday evening.
#FoodSins. Yep. I am a Food Sin Sinner who is working on becoming a #FoodSalvationSaint, not yet ready to give up all food sins but willing to take one step at a time in the right direction. That first step back on the right road food sainthood is withFittz Meals. (Thank you Coach Charles atGuns Out CrossFitfor the introduction.)
As a winner of the Fittz Meals Contest, my prize was an 8 ounce salmon filet dinner with two roasted vegetables. It was waiting for me in the fridge at GOCF today.
Taking it home for lunch, man-oh-man was it fabulous. There was so much food that I only ate half of it so I could share the rest with my Honey-do-husband. Well, I ate three-fourths of the salmon in all honesty, but I did save him a couple of bites so hey, Good Girl for me!
Honey-do picked up our order yesterday from the Yellowhammer Cafe. He decided to take his first step on the path to better eating with the beef tips, brussel sprouts and cauliflower tonight instead of my salmon leftovers. That is all fine by me because now I can have the rest of it in the morning for breakfast!
We are truly pleased with the quality and taste of our Fittz Meals so far! We look forward to trying the rest of the meals this week. And we have already placed our order for next week!
Yeah Baby! On that trail to portion control with healthy eating.
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