• Grace Notes

    It was Christmas 1914, during World War I.
    Pope Benedict XV had suggested there be a temporary ceasefire for Christmas, but the leaders of the warring countries ignored him.
    However, along muddy and frozen trenches on the battlefield in Germany, both English and German troops -- enemies of one another -- made makeshift Christmas decorations, with the German soldiers erecting tiny Christmas trees on the tops of their trenches.

  • The Spirit of Christmas

    By Don Powell

    It’s that time of year when the Christmas trees are decorated, the Christmas lights are up, and shoppers are hurrying to buy those last-minute special gifts.
    At most churches, preparations are well underway for Christmas plays, choir practices for Christmas music programs and  Christmas parties.
    The post office sees an increase in mail because of packages and Christmas cards that must arrive at their destination by Dec. 25. It’s a “hustle and bustle time” for sure.

  • Church News

    Covenant Presbyterian Church congregation invites all to join them Sunday evening, Dec. 23, at 6 p.m. for their Candlelight Service.
    The Covenant Christmas Choir will lead in a service of song and scripture celebrating the birth of Jesus. There will be congregational singing as well. After the service, there will be refreshments. Please join the congregation Sunday evening.

    Candlelight Communion Service

  • Grace Notes

    When I was a kid, my family observed Advent, lighting the candles on a traditional evergreen wreath.
    Because there’s four of us kids, we each got to light one of the four candles, one candle for each of the four weeks in Advent.
    The first candle represents hope; the second, peace; the third, love and the fourth is joy. A center candle is the Christ candle -- Jesus, the light of the world.
    My dad made the base of the wreath, because he’s awesome and can make anything, and he’d read prayers out of a booklet as we lit the candles.

  • Church News

    Blue Christmas Program
    As Christmas approaches, the whole world seems to be alive with anticipation. Yet, against this cheerful backdrop of sparkling lights and festive music, there are many for whom this time is a tearful reminder of the harshness of life.

  • Grace Notes

    During Advent, one of the first Christmas carols we sing at my church is “O Come O Come Emmanuel.”
    It’s a melancholy song of Israel’s lament, of their crying out to God for relief from bondage and slavery, begging God to come and free them.
    But then the chorus goes: “Rejoice, rejoice, Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.”
    Rejoice -- to feel and/or show great joy or delight.

  • Behold...that’s all, just behold

    Now that Black Friday 2018 is history and the BF hoopla is over, I’ll tell you what I think about it.
    I was never a Black Friday shopper, but it was always my favorite news story of the year back when it was just this quirky thing that people did the day after Thanksgiving.
    I would look forward to watching the evening news on TV, with the news reporter out at some crowded mall talking to shoppers about the bargains they got.

  • Church Briefs

    Christmas Cantata
    The Chancel Choir will present their annual Christmas cantata, Sunday, Dec. 9, at 11 a.m. at Cynthiana Presbyterian Church. The musical is entitled, “Peace Has Come.” This musical unwraps the idea of why the prophet Isaiah called Jesus the Prince of Peace. Because of what He did on the cross, we can have that quiet assurance that only comes from God.
    Mark your calendars. You won’t want to miss out on a blessing.

    Blue Christmas Program

  • Church News

    City on a Hill Church is holding services every Sunday in the community room at the Cynthiana-Harrison County Public Library.
    Connect time is 9-9:45 a.m. for some recreation and Bible Study for our youth. Adults will also meet for fellowship in the community room at these times. Service will begin at 10 a.m. with live worship.
    For more information, call 859-954-1573.
    This program is not sponsored or endorsed by the Cynthiana-Harrison County Public Library.
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  • He will take care of our needs

    I worked my way through college in a long series of part-time jobs. Most of the time I was able to save enough money to pay my bills by the deadlines, but my ancient cars regularly found ways to spend my paychecks.