News Around Enfield
“Frosty the Snowman was a Jolly Happy Soul, with a corn cob pipe and a button nose, and two eyes made out of coal.” Now sing along, as it is that time of year for Christmas songs. I know we haven’t had any snow to get us in the mood, but it has been very cold. How many vote for snow on Christmas?
I had to do a little repair work on the chicken house this week as it has been cold and drafty where they roost. Their house is insulated, but I had to caulk around the windows to make it warmer. I think they are ready for Christmas, but they are still not laying very many eggs. Maybe they were cold! There is always something to do around the farm. Recycle this newspaper Tip #3 WRAP GIFTS! It’s fun to go through your papers to find cute and colorful pages to use as gift wrap. When I was a kid, we loved wrapping presents up in the Sunday funnies.
Ashland Christian Church News
On Saturday, December 9, 2017, a large crowd of 50 attended the youth Christmas program. They sang several songs, and everyone was dressed in their “Sunday Best,” looking good! Lisa Carter also sang a beautiful song, “Hello Moon,” and did a wonderful job. After the service, everyone was invited to the fellowship hall for cookies, punch and hot chocolate. Blessings were in abundance!
On Sunday, December 10, 2017, it was a great day at church. The wind was cold and blowing very hard outside, but it was warm inside. Charlie Cartmill welcomed each one, and Suzanne Brooks gave the announcements and updated the prayer list. Suzanne than led the congregation in singing Christmas songs, accompanied by Betty Hunsinger on the piano and Lisa Carter on the organ. We sang Happy Birthday to Nataleigh Poore, Alexis Thomason and Lisa Cross. Benny and Sally Healy were also celebrating a wedding anniversary.
Maurie Black shared a devotional reading before communion was served. For the Sunday morning special, Sally Healy blessed us with a song. Pastor Braden’s sermon was titled “What Did Isaiah See 750 Years Before” from several chapters in the book of Isaiah. We sang the invitation hymn “There is a Fountain.” After church, several stayed to practice some songs for the Christmas Eve Services. Please make plans to attend!
On December 13, 2017, we had Bible Study in the fellowship hall with 24 attending. Pastor Braden does a wonderful job explaining the happenings of the Bible. We are studying from the Book of Genesis, and we are on Chapter 33. Come join us at 6:00 p.m. each Wednesday night and bring a friend. We also have coffee and treats!
Enfield Methodist Church News
On Sunday night, December 10, 2017, twelve members from the Enfield Methodist Church met at Dimaggio’s in Carmi for pizza. After eating pizza, they went to Wal-Mart to purchase Christmas gifts for 3 families from the Angel Tree in the Enfield area. Those attending were Stan and Martha Williams, Eloise Warthen, Kory, Jennifer and Karver Naas, Bruce and Kathy Weiss, Jordan, Tiffany and Sutton Weiss and Mildred Medlin.
Remembering Our Past
If you are past 60 years old, can you remember your childhood Christmas Days? I am quite a bit past 60, but thank the good Lord, I still have a little bit of my memory left. Christmas at my house when I was a young girl was very simple. Starting a few weeks before Christmas, Grandpa would pick up black walnuts and hickory nuts which we had on the farm. At night as we set around the big old pot belly stove and picked the nuts out so Grandma could make her famous divinity with black walnuts in it and she would cook up some old fashioned “Hersheys Cocoa” skillet fudge (no marshmallow cream) and put the hickory nuts in it. Most of the time, she had good luck with her candy, but on occasion we had to eat it with a spoon. Then Grandpa would make popcorn balls from his own recipe that he made up. I remember he had a big tin can of sorghum molasses. He cooked the mixture and the last thing he added was baking soda and it made all of the ingredients foam. Then he poured the mixture over his popped corn. I always wanted to help make the popcorn balls, but they were too hot for me to handle. They were such a treat as we only had them at Christmas time. And for presents, I recall being able to pick out a doll from the Sears and Roebuck Catalog. And that was quite a chore as I couldn’t make up my mind which one I wanted. Grandpa would go to town (Enfield or McLeansboro) and get fruit, peanuts and candy in a basket. He also got my grandma and great grandma a flower of some kind. We had oyster stew on Christmas eve, and then Grandma read the Christmas Story out of the Bible as we sat around the stove. The next day she would prepare a big Christmas dinner which consisted of some kind of pork, as we had raised and butchered our own pigs. Sometimes we had family over to share our meal. That was Christmas at our house. No hustle bustle about getting the shopping done, just a nice time to be thankful for what you had, and enjoy your loved ones.
On Thursday, December 14, 2017, several church members gathered at the utility building to make up food baskets for the Enfield Food Pantry to be given out on Saturday, December 16, 2017. Thanks to the generosity of the kids at Booth School and the community, nice boxes of food were prepared to be given away. Each family will receive a ham for their Christmas dinner this year.
Get well wishes to Newt Weiss who has been in the Fairfield Hospital with pneumonia. Hope you will soon be feeling better.
Have you driven around our little Village of Enfield and looked at the Christmas lights? There are several houses and yards decorated this year. It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas here in Enfield!
Until next time…Take time to enjoy this Christmas Season and remember the “Reason for the Season.” Everyone have a great week, be thankful and Keep on Smiling!!