December 2010 Archives

Merry Christmas

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Merry Christmas all!

We are waiting for my daughter and son-in-law to arrive later today to open gifts. This is the first time in 25 years that we have not been with Kathryn on Christmas and we do miss it.

It also "snowed" in Starkville today so there are numerous posts about the white Christmas. Of course the snow has already melted, the roads were never covered, and i really didn't even snow that hard or long. I'm fine with that. It has snowed in Starkville before and I can assure you all that this city, actually this state, is NOT prepared to deal with it. People can't drive in the rain here much less the snow.

Dateline: Mississippi State University, 10 December 2010.

I was honored to have been asked to be the guest speaker at the 10 December 2010 Joint Army-Air Force Commissioning ceremony at Mississippi State. There were four cadets commissioned as 2nd Lieutenants in the US Air Force and one commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the US Army. It was a pleasure to have been asked to speak and a joy to share some of the lessons I have learned with these new lieutenants who are beginning their careers.

After the ceremony I received some very nice complements on the talk and I was appreciative of them. I told several that what I told these new airmen and soldier were what I wished someone had told me when I was an Ensign. The text of my remarks is below.

Adopt-A-Family 2010

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My annual task on the church Local and Global Missions Committee for the last two years has been to coordinate our Adopt-A-Family program. The Starkville United Way administers the program but local groups adopt families and then provide them with Christmas gifts. This year, like last, we adopted five families.

Each year I am amazed at the generosity of the members of First Presbyterian Church. Our five families, combined with two church members we help, yielded a total of thirty-two individuals who needed Christmas Gifts. Our members provided everything from bicycles to coats, from toy tractors to footballs. They included games and gift cards. We also used some committee funds to provide some food items.

Part of what I do is arrange for people to deliver the gifts to the families. There are always many gifts for each family so delivering the gifts is no easy undertaking. The pictures below are of the gifts after they have been sorted by family. I am very appreciative of each person who delivers the gifts but I always get thanked by those who make the deliveries.

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This is a worthy mission and I am glad that our church can make Christmas a little bit better for these people.

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