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As we are getting close to wrapping up another year, and gathering around the table with our families, it's usually a time of reflection. I hope that as the year wraps up that we can reflect on all of the good things that filled this year.

The accomplishments in our families, the progress in school or work. Hey, the fact that we didn't die from COVID should be on our list.

Some of us lost loved ones this year. Our family was hit yet again with another Christmastime death in the family. This time a mom who still had a child in school passed away with an illness that was cruel to her. So, Christmas this year will again be overshadowed by grief.

At the same time, it's the best time to be together as a family. It's a time to look around and be grateful for the people around the table. Sometimes life gets so hectic that we forget to take a moment and enjoy it.

The Bible even mentions how our life is just like a vapor, we're only here for a little while. Sometimes we spend it curled up in a ball and licking our wounds. And that's okay, sometimes you have to.

Other times we find ourselves having a great time and wishing those times would never end. And sometimes they don't for a very long time. These are the times that make life the best.

For me, this year I feel very grateful for our little community. As I think back over the year, there has been some tough times, and at the same time things to celebrate. But in Vinton, we always know this. If we get hit hard, there's always someone nearby that will reach out. If we celebrate, we invite those around us to celebrate with us.

So go into this Christmas holiday and enjoy it. Soak up every minute that you can to carry into the new year.

Here's wishing every one of you the very Merriest of Christmases!


On another note, there won't be an email that goes out on Friday, Christmas Eve, but I'll continue to load news as it arrives. Simply watch the website or follow the Facebook page in case something urgent needs to be shared!


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John Stiegelmeyer December 23, 2021, 9:56 pm Our country is founded on Judeo-Christian law we are able to worship our God as we see fit or NOT. Regardless - I, as well as Sharon, send out our best wishes for your health and wealth for the coming year. If God is with us who can be against us?
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