{news] Let’s Be Neighbors by Carolyn Mills

Whether or not you are ready, the Christmas season in upon us. Tomorrow is Christmas Eve. May all of you readers of this column have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

In addition to all the homes on Shiloh Road from the Highway to Center Ridge UMC, the church is also decorated. Robin and Murrey Lee Black put up beautiful decoration above and on the doors of the Church. A spotlight on the door would have been nice, but the lighted steeple is great decoration enough.

A charge-wide Christmas party was held at Pleasant Hill UMC on the third Sunday night with everyone bringing canned food to be given to the food pantry at First Methodist plus finger foods and presents to play Yankee Swap after enjoying the eats and fellowship in the Family Life Center. A short program was held in the sanctuary with songs by the Wildwood Choir and by the congregation.

The week before the holiday the Loins Club had their Christmas party in Pleasant Hill UMC. Am not a member of Loins, so cannot give any details. The pastor of the said church, Rev. Mike Dowd and his wife Charlotte are Loins Club members.

Presents collected for Aubries Angels were wrapped by members of the local Pilot Club and others in the Family Life Center at Pleasant Hill UMC. Gifts for special needs children is a project started by Mollie Mills, the daughter of David and Martha Mills, began in Tennessee where Mollie resides and works.

No special events were held at Center RidgeUMC , but regular worship each Sunday was held. A ceramic nativity made by Martha at least twenty years ago was set up on the altar.

An advent wreath was set up in the chancel area and the candles were lighted by different families each Sunday during worship. The first Sunday in advent the pastor and his wife did the Advent Litany, second Sunday by Danny and Gidget Mills, the third Sunday by Robin and Murrey Black, the fourth Sunday by Beth Ann, Hank, and Brandi Watkins.

We have missed Dale Shumaker so much both at her church Rural Hill UMC and at Center Ridge where she and husband Don attend when there is no service at Rural Hill.. Dale has been sick for several weeks, spent time in the hospital in Columbus where she has been finally diagnosed and can be treated for her health problems.

An early Christmas was celebrated by the Whitmire clan at the home of Annabel and Dave Dunlap when the families of the late Aubrey and Annie Laura Whitmire and Emitte and Eloise Whitmire got together. Also Dallas and Kim Mills and girls were treated to a housewarming during the celebration. The sisters of Martha Mills and their families gave all three of the Mills’s girls a new computer.

Present at the Dunlap’s home for the get together of the Whitmire families were: Wayne and Gloria Ingram and his daughters Shawn and Dawn and his granddaughters Katie and Alyssa, his son-in-law, Jimmy Jones. Also present were Sandra and Billy Power, and the Dunlap’s sons and wives and children, Chucik and Amber, Emma Clare and Chrisman , and Daniel and Lacie and Coleman. David and Martha Mills and their son Dallas and family. The daughter of the late Emmett and Eloise Whitmire, Anna and her husband Don Miller and son Cody and his girlfriend completed the gathering.

The Hank Watkins family attended the wedding of the granddaughter of Paul Wood and the late Jane Mills Wood. The wedding was held in Senatobia . The mother of the bride. Samantha Wood,is the sister of Beth Watkins’s brother Mike Carr’s wife Becky..

Julie Mills and her son Drew Gordon and Kala Hall drove to Lafayette, LA to visit Julie’s granddaughter Gabby Gordon and her mother Lizzie Philipps for a one day visit. Lizzie and Gabby will come to Julie’s for breakfast on Christmas Eve.