Back to normal

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The word normal is defined as conforming to a standard, expected, settled or day-to-day. It’s a state everyone strives to get-back-to after the holidays, vacations and major events. As much as we love the breaks, returning to a somewhat normal atmosphere can be difficult, or it can be embraced and loved, especially after the New Year has begun.

“We are back to a regular routine,” said Jennifer Powell, church secretary at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church. “However, this semester our Arts Academy will be providing space for voice lessons. The semester started last Tuesday, but, it is not too late to join,” she said. “Oh, yes, then in February we begin Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University.”

St. Luke’s Arts Academy provides lessons in specific arts throughout the year. You can check them out further on their website at stlukeskilgore.com or call 903- 984-3576.

PLANS ARE in full force for celebrating Martin Luther King’s birthday which will be the kick-off to February’s Black History Month events.

“‘Pulling us together as a community’ is our theme and our goal,” said Mable Streets, director of the program. “It will begin with our children of all races who will be giving a presentation on the First Ladies of the United States. It will be followed by history of the Message of Quilts presented by Jonny Pryor; Willie Nobles presenting the ‘I Have a Dream’ and Alan Pollard will summarize with the Amazing Works of God.

“We look forward to this year being even a bigger than before and hope everyone plans on attending and seeing God’s Hands in all situations.”

The Fourth Annual Black History program has been scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 18, at 10 a.m. at the Saints Chapel Church of God & Christ located at 3148 FM 1252. For more information call 214-329- 7037.

FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF KILGORE hosted guest speaker Connie Waters during their Builders luncheon this week. Dressed in original Native American attire, Connie presented a program on the history of the Choctaw. She brought with her a beautiful array of quilts, handmade baskets, stick balls, family photos and moccasins. She spoke of the “code talkers” a name given to the Choctaw Indians during WWI as they spoke in their own language to relay messages to the soldiers.

Waters also told of rude remarks and cruel treatment during her childhood, of boarding schools her parents attended and her thoughts on being part of God’s creation.

“I first met Connie and her husband Jimmy in June of 1999 at a Christian Builders meeting at Ponderosa Encampment in Colorado,” said Betty Caskey. “We became good friends after meeting up at the same places several times. You couldn’t ask for better or sweeter people. The message she provides at each presentation is always different, and I always learning something from her.

Waters is available to anyone looking for that type of program or just to ask questions. Connie and Jimmy live in Crocket.

MS. HELEN AND ANGIE CAPPS were seen taking a leisurely break for lunch this week at one of their favorite places, Downtown D’Lites. There is no such thing as in-laws with this pair. Always so good to see their sweet smiles and kind words wherever they are found. Across the room at the restaurant were Jerry and Ruth Anne Camp, so conversation was flowing throughout on not seeing much of each other lately. Jerry was happy to announce he had received some good news for the new year and is awaiting more.

CONGRATULATIONS to Jessica Woodall, excited to start a new job Monday.

May His Love and Laughter Fill Your Hearts And Your Homes Throughout the Week. In the meantime, we may be reached at chitchatlinda@aol.com or 903-984-2593.

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