It is Christmas Eve, a beautiful day here in the city of Rector. The sun is so warm it belies that the temperature is only 48 and the sky is sparkling blue with white puffy clouds on the western horizon. It's one of those days that make me want to stand at the window or on the porch and wait for the change to come. I know it's coming. The local weather map has been scrolling winter storm advisories for two days. It's coming. Sarah Tipton says it's coming. And the puffy clouds are getting nearer. We are going to have snow for Christmas. Not in the morning, but sometime during Christmas Day we will have some snow.
Rector has another Christmas present. We have a new resident, Jennifer Walton and her daughter have moved to town. Welcome Jennifer. I hope you find lots of good times here. We are glad to have you.
Cheryl Schwager called last evening. She and Paul wanted to send their greetings to everyone. They will be celebrating with family today and tomorrow and of the good times back here in Rector. She is going to be so jealous when I call to tell her it is snowing.
I want to let you all know that Billy Stone has apparently survived the dreaded surgical repair to his shoulder and is on the road to recovery.
Did you hear? The Rector Community Center will be having a chili cook-off in January. Yep Saturday the 12th. Do you have a good recipe? Is it the best? Then we need to pass judgment on it. There will be cash prizes and a lot of notoriety. We are also looking for sponsors for tables and volunteers to help set up and clean up and lots of hungry people to come share the chili with us. Contact Marvin Gatewood or Linda Robinson at the water office for tickets and entry material. All proceeds go to fulfilling our grant commitments for updating the community center.
How about a big shout out to Lyn Bookout, the Rector Volunteer of the Year. You have to admit he has been just about everywhere he was needed, carrying chairs, pushing a broom, helping downtown. And with always a pleasant word and a smile Thanks, Lyn we appreciate you.
The clouds are almost overhead now. I need to go wait for the rain, so I will close for now. Open your hearts to love and peace this Christmas. The world did not end for us all so let's make some changes happen. The easiest place to start is in ourselves. Look toward the light of love. It is Christmas. Celebrate the birth of Jesus with unconditional love, with thanksgiving, with sharing and with peace in your heart.
Email me, call me or write me and let me know what blessings you shared this Christmas season. The greatest power is love. Good-by for now and good will to you always.
You can reach me at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call me (870) 595-4997.
514 W 3rd Street, Rector, AR 72461.
Bless our military, especially those so far from home right now. Keep the people of Newtown in your hearts. We all need each other.