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Whitehall News

Veterans Day was here with all the festivities and the official date has passed. However, it is my thought that helping veterans and soldiers’ families, assistance programs, hospitalized veterans and homeless, to name a few, be a year-round effort on everyone’s calendar of events. If you know any veteran who needs assistance, I urge you to contact the Post or call me. Due to privacy rules and regulations, we cannot always locate those men and women or their families, so please help us locate them.

Thank you to the people who assisted in any way to support the Veterans Day celebration and recognition of those veterans. To the people who were in the parade you are also appreciated. While I did not get to attend, I did get a photo of the Whitehall mayor on his Veterans float and I loved it!

There were people who cooked the barbecue, set up the Post, baked items for the meal and bake sale, donated raffle and silent auction items, sold raffle tickets and worked numerous hours for this day to be a success. Thank you all.

Please keep the family of Charlie Waters in your prayers as he passed this week. Charlie was a member of the American Legion, the Whitehall Community Center and the WHCVFD until he suffered his stroke and was then unable to continue.

One of my favorite young men, Cullen Robbins, was involved in a wreck. It was scary when my son-in-law saw him crawl out of the wreckage and get into a vehicle, which happened to be his mothers. We are all thankful that his injuries were not worse. Keep him in your prayers for fast healing.

Lynn Grove UMC News submitted by Laurie Shine:

December Worship Schedule:

Sunday, Dec. 1, 9 a.m. First Sunday of Advent: We light the Purple candle for HOPE. Holy Communion will be served. Special offering will go to the Methodist Children Home in Waco. Other special Advent services and candle lighting include- Dec. 8, 9 a.m.- Purple for Peace, Dec. 15, 9 a.m.- Pink for Joy, Dec. 15, 9 a.m.- Purple for Love, Dec. 22, 9 a.m.- Purple for Love and Dec. 24, 3 p.m.- White Christ candle.

On Sunday, Dec. 29, at 9 a.m. the special monthly offering will be sent to the Methodist Children’s Home in Waco. Founded in 1890, Methodist Children’s Home serves children and youth through residential programs on the Waco campus, MCH Boys Ranch and through transition services, foster care and a variety of community-based programs throughout Texas and New Mexico. Their mission is made possible through the generosity and support of benefactors, not through church apportionment.

Due to so many of FUMC Hempstead’s Choir members being ill, having or healing from surgeries, there will be no Christmas Cantata this year. We offer our prayers for healing and full recovery to each of them.

Please join us on Christmas Eve. Worship Service will be Tuesday, Dec. 24, at 3 p.m. We will have a light meal of soup and sandwiches with fellowship after the service. Please bring your families, friends and neighbors with you to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.

Our sick and homebound friends include Sue Kolojaco, Lawrence Lieder, Dorothy Mahaffey, Mary Bauer, Albin Finke, Rosa Finke, Lois Bell, Rickey Binford, Leon Gorney, Doug Taylor, Garry Wise, Kathy Cave Wells, Glenn Binder, Pauline Kaspar and Alexander Hanna, grandson of Curtis and Darla Kolojaco. Please add these friends to your prayer list.

Birthdays and


Nov. 24 – Susie Busse; Nov. 25 – Johnny Alvarez, Pauline Kaspar; Nov. 26 – Scott Hulgan, Reed Schaefer; Nov. 27 – Valerie Offutt, Amanda Clepper; Nov. 28 – Carol Serres; Nov. 29 – Galen Busse, Kenneth Busse, Karen Oncken; Nov. 30 - Kimberly Finke, Bryant White. Congratulations to each of you!

Upcoming Calendar


Nov. 21 – Veterans of Foreign Wars Post and Auxiliary 4006, meal at 6:30 p.m., meeting 7 p.m.

Dec. 7 – WHCVFD barbecue sandwiches at station at 11 a.m. till sold out.

Dec. 7 – Texas Pickers, downtown Whitehall, 8 a.m. till 2 p.m.

Jan. 11, 2020 – 75th Anniversary celebration of Grimes VFW Post.

Don’t forget to call me if you have anything to add to my column. My number is 936.870.5284 or you can email me at georgia