Volume 15

December 2016

Issue 12 Page1

Table of Contents:

About this Ministry
   o Planning Team
   o Past Newsletters
   o Dorcas House on
   o Our Church's Web

Page 1:
  o I Corinthians a
      Christmas Version

Page 2:
  o Gemstones of the Bible
Jasper: Spotted &

 Page 3:
  o Dorcas House News
  o Sister Safety

Page 4:
  o Handy Things to Know
  o A Note from Your

Page 5:
  o Sara Nickson Cooks
      Firehouse Stew
  o Black-eyed Pea Salsa

Page 6:
  o News Bites
     o  Ladies Bible Class
     o Sewing Sisters

A beautiful woman delights the eye; a wise woman, the understanding; a pure one, the soul. -

Minna Antrim

I Corinthians 13 - a Christmas Version

  (Source unknown)

If I decorate my house perfectly with plaid bows, strands of twinkling lights and shiny balls, but do not show love to my family, I'm just another decorator.

If I slave away in the kitchen, baking dozens of Christmas cookies, preparing gourmet meals and arranging a beautifully adorned table at mealtime, but do not show love to my family, I'm just another cook.

If I work at the soup kitchen, carol in the nursing home and give all that I have to charity, but do not show love to my family, it profits me nothing.

If I trim the spruce with shimmering angels and crocheted snowflakes, attend a myriad of holiday parties and sing in the choir's cantata but do not focus on Christ, I have missed the point.

Love stops the cooking to hug the child. Love sets aside the decorating to kiss the husband. Love is kind, though harried and tired. Love doesn't envy another's home that has coordinated Christmas china and table linens.

Love doesn't yell at the kids to get out of the way, but is thankful they are there to be in the way. Love doesn't give only to those who are able to give in return but rejoices in giving to those who can't.

Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails. Video games will break, pearl necklaces will be lost, golf clubs will rust, but giving the gift of love will endure.