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Year 2011 - October thru December

 
 
 
 
 
+++ The Christian Banner - December 2011 +++
 
 
To all our Christian Banner readers, we wish you a wonderful Christmas and the best year ever!
Virgil and Lela Trotter
 
His Name at the Top
Written by: Author Unknown
Submitted by: Lela Trotter

I had the nicest Christmas list,
The longest one in town,
Till Daddy looked at it and said,
"You'll have to cut it down."

I knew that what he said was true
Beyond the faintest doubt,
But was amazed to hear him say,
"You've left your best friend out."

And so I scanned my list again,
And said, "Oh, that's not true!"
But Daddy said, "His name's not there,
That Friend who died for you."

And then I clearly understood,
'Twas Jesus that he meant.
For Him who should come first of all
I hadn't planned a cent!

I'd made a Christmas birthday list,
And left the Saviour out!
But, oh, it didn't take me long
To change the list about.

And though I've had to drop some names
of folks I like a lot,
My Lord must have the most---because
His name is at the top!
 
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All You Can
Written by: Frankie L. Morton
Submitted by: Alice Harrelson
 
Serve the Lord all you can
Read the Bible all you can
Make all the friends you can
while you’re going through this land
When it comes to money
waste none but make all you can
So you can help your fellow man
Go to church all you can
Love one another all you can
Be cheerful all you can
Do unto others as you would
have them do unto you all you can
 
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One Christmas Eve
Written & submitted by: Irene Wright
 
One Christmas Eve, cold and damp
While sitting by the old kerosene lamp
Thoughts of that first Christmas came to mind
And suddenly I was frozen back in time
Herod had taxed all the world, showing no pity
For each had to register in their own city
Mary and Joseph were on the road to Bethlehem
And being great with child, what would happen to them?
No room at the Inn was the cry!
But perhaps because they were poor, were they being denied?
Mary being somewhat alarmed
Joseph tries to comfort her in his arms
A crude old stable was the only source to be found
And the animals must have known this child was special, for they gathered all around
And soon a child was born
On that special Christmas morn
A child, a perfect delicate rose,
Lying in a manager, wrapped in swaddling clothes!
Shepherds on a hillside, watching their sheep
While others perhaps were caught up in sleep
Then the angel of the Lord did appear!
And they were filled with much fear!
All the shepherds fell to their knees
That angel softly spoke and said “Be not afraid” for the Lord has sent me
I bring you good tidings of great joy
For Mary has given birth to a baby boy!
He is the Savior, Christ the Lord
And suddenly the heavenly host rejoiced in one accord!
And there in the east, stood a bright and shining star
That led the wisemen from afar
And lo the star stopped at the Savior’s bed
And shone brightly all around his head
They worshipped Him, and presented Him with frankincense, gold and myrrh
But not all rejoiced at the good news, for evil was on the earth
So being warned in a dream, the wisemen journeyed home another way
For God planned that this tiny babe would be crowned king one day!
Soon its Christmas morn and church bells were ringing
And the wind blowing through the trees seems to be singing
Perhaps I had awaken from a dream too
But how do I explain the sand upon my shoe?
And as I pondered upon this gift we had all received
I marveled at how it all must have begun that “one Christmas eve”!
 
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Second Chances
Written & submitted by: Pat Lewallen
 
I recently saw a sign at a local company offering second chance financing. This sign caused me to stop and think about the difficult financial times we live in today. Many of us know loved ones and friends who have lost jobs. So many people are in a daily struggle just to make ends meet. For many, the struggle has become too much. They have defaulted on a loan and lost a vehicle. Many have lost their home because they could no longer afford to pay their house payments. I was so glad to see a local company advertising they are willing to give folks that are struggling a second chance.
 
There are several times in life that we as humans have to ask for a second chance. Sometimes people hurt someone they love and have to ask for a second chance to make things right again. Some people get into trouble with the law and have to pay for what they have done. Some people can learn from their mistakes, and if given a second chance, can live a happy and successful life.
 
Christmas is the time we celebrate the birth of Jesus. He lived a sinless life on this earth. He suffered and died on a cruel old rugged cross for our sins. Jesus died to give us as human beings a second chance to be saved from our sins. It’s a natural thing for us as humans to sin. The Bible declares: Yet man is born to trouble as surely as sparks fly upward. Job 5:7 (NIV version)
 
The Bible is full of the stories of people who took advantage of second chances in their lives. Maybe your life hasn’t turned out the way you would like and you need a second chance. I have great news for you! Jesus offers second chances! All you have to do is ask God, through Jesus name, to forgive your sins, wipe the slate clean, come into your heart and give you a second chance to live for Him.
 
If the Lord has been dealing with your heart, please don’t put off asking the Lord for a second chance. Once your earthly life ends, you’ve run out of second chances. No one can pray you out of Hell and torment. And this torment will last for all eternity. Jesus is waiting for you to ask Him to forgive you and save you right now. Please don’t turn Him away. You may never get another chance.
 
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People Need the Lord
From song written by: Greg Nelson and Phil McHugh
 
Every day they pass me by, I can see it in their eye;
Empty people filled with care, headed who knows where.
On they go through private pain, living fear to fear.
Laughter hides the silent cries only Jesus hears.

Chorus:
People need the Lord. People need the Lord.
At the end of broken dreams, He’s the open door.
People need the Lord. People need the Lord.
When will we realize, People need the Lord.
 
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Random Acts of Christmas Kindness or RACK
Written by: Kristina Kerns
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In a world where we’re constantly reminded to put ourselves first, it’s even more important that around the holidays we, as Christians, spread Jesus’ love and put others before ourselves. We’ve all heard of doing random acts of kindness.. but have you heard of RACK? RACK stands for random acts of Christmas kindness. This version is a Christmas countdown that will encourage children and remind ourselves to give, serve and help others throughout the holiday season. And if you’re thinking you just don’t have anymore time to add one more thing to your already busy schedule, think again. This is such a simple activity that will help us all experience the true meaning of this glorious season.
 
We are here on earth to serve others and to spread God’s love to those around us. While our intention is to serve and bless others, we in turn become the ones who are truly blessed. It truly is far better to give than to receive.
 
Activity Ideas:
  1. Buy the lunch of the person behind you in the drive thru line
  2. Purchase toys for kids in need (Toys for Tots, Angel Tree, etc.)
  3. Donate blood
  4. Collect canned goods for a local food pantry
  5. Pay for Santa pictures for someone at the mall
  6. Buy coffee for a stranger, a coworker or even your child’s teacher
  7. Leave a present in your mailbox for your mail carrier
  8. Ring Salvation Army bells
  9. Hand out Starbucks gift cards ($5.00 each) at the mall
  10. Pay the past due library fees for five people
  11. Sing carols at a local nursing home
  12. Adopt a local classroom and give them needed school supplies
  13. Bring treats to the employees at your local post office
  14. Donate books to a school library in need
  15. Bring lunch for a coworker or your child’s teacher
  16. Buy hot cocoa for someone ringing the Salvation Army bells
  17. Leave a generous tip for a hardworking waitress
  18. Hand out pretty Christmas flowers at a nursing home or at the mall
  19. Bake and deliver cupcakes to the local library
  20. Buy a solider and his/her family dinner
  21. Take an all night drug store employee a special treat (it’s no fun to work on Christmas Eve!!)
  22. Since Christmas falls on Sunday this year, take your Pastor a special treat or plate of cookies
  23. Visit a lonely widow or widower who can’t attend church anymore.
  24. Call a family member or a friend and wish them “Merry Christmas”.
  25. Attend church with your family.
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Seven Reasons Why Jesus was Born
 
  1. Because of mankind’s sin.
  2. God wanted to reveal His own character to humanity.
  3. To remove the sins of humankind through a perfect sacrifice
  4. For mankind to have a Mediator.
  5. To provide the promised seed of Abraham
  6. To make God’s spirit available to all humankind.
  7. For God to redeem mankind.
 
 
+++ The Christian Banner - November 2011 +++
 
 Be Thankful
Written by: Mark Bullock
Submitted & Copied by: Lela Trotter
 
When you ask God in the morning
For His guidance through the day
Thank Him for the many blessings
He in love has sent your way.
 
When you’re asking aid from Heaven
Mingle with your morning prayer
A word of praise and gratitude
For all His kindly care.
 
When you send up your petition
To the throne of grace on high
Thank Him for the many favors
That His mercy does supply.
 
Be more mindful of the blessings
That His kindness does impart
And the Lord will doubly bless you
For the joy you brought His heart.
 
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A Tit-Bit of History on the First Thanksgiving
Written & Submitted by: Irene Wright
 
The turkey was domesticated in Mexico and was brought to Europe in the 16th century. They were initially used for their feathers and not their meat or eggs as they have been used extensively since that time!
 
Although there is not any real evidence of turkey being served at the Pilgrim’s first Thanksgiving, there was mention of wild turkeys written in a book by their Governor, William Bradford. In 1621, he proclaimed a day of Thanksgiving that was shared by all the colonists and native Indians. The custom was usually held after each harvest which was actually thought to have taken place in October instead of the month of November. The harvest meal usually consisted of fruits, vegetables, canned fish, cured meat, and corn. The harvest carried them through the winter!
 
In the 1770’s, a day of national Thanksgiving was suggested by the Continental Congress. In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed the 4th Thursday of every year during the month of November as the appointed Thanksgiving Day! 
 
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A turkey farmer was always experimenting with breeding to perfect a better turkey. His family was fond of the leg portion for dinner and there were never enough legs for everyone. After many frustrating attempts, the farmer was relating the results of his efforts to his friends at the general store get together. "Well I finally did it! I bred a turkey that has 6 legs!"
They all asked the farmer how it tasted.
"I don't know" said the farmer. "I never could catch it.”
 
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Warning Found in a Church Bulletin
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Latest news reports are that five terrorist cell groups have been operating in many of our churches. They have been identified as: Bin Sleepin, Bin Arguin, Bin Fightin, Bin Complainin, and Bin Missin.
 
Their leader, Lucifer Bin Workin, trained these groups to destroy the Body of Christ. The plan is to come into the church disguised as Christians and to work within the church to discourage, disrupt, and destroy.
 
However, there have been reports of a sixth group. A tiny cell known by the name Bin Prayin is actually the only effective counter terrorism force in the church. Unlike other terrorist cells, the Bin Prayin team does not blend in with whoever and whatever comes along.
 
Bin Prayin does whatever is needed to uplift and encourage the Body of Christ. We have noticed that the Bin Prayin cell group has different characteristics than the others. They have Bin Watchin, Bin Waitin, Bin Fastin, and Bin Longin for their Master, Jesus Christ to return.
 
NO CHURCH IS EXEMPT! (However, you can spot them if you bin lookin and bin goin.)
 
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PECANS IN THE CEMETERY
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On the outskirts of a small town, there was a big, old pecan tree just inside the cemetery fence. One day, two boys filled up a bucket full of pecans and sat down by the tree, out of sight, and began dividing the pecans. 'One for you, one for me. One for you, one for me,' said one boy. Several dropped and rolled down toward the fence.

Another boy came riding along the road on his bicycle. As he passed, he thought he heard voices from inside the cemetery. He slowed down to investigate. Sure enough, he heard, 'One for you, one for me. One for you, one for me.' He just knew what it was. He jumped back on his bike and rode off.

Just around the bend he met an old man with a cane, hobbling along. 'Come here quick,' said the boy, 'you won't believe what I heard! Satan and the Lord are down at the cemetery dividing up the souls.' The man said, 'Beat it kid, can't you see it's hard for me to walk.' When the boy insisted though, the man hobbled slowly to the cemetery.

Standing by the fence they heard , 'One for you, one for me. One for you, one for me.' The old man whispered, 'Boy, you've been tellin' me the truth. Let's see if we can see the Lord.'

Shaking with fear, they peered through the fence, yet were still unable to see anything. The old man and the boy gripped the wrought iron bars of the fence tighter and tighter as they tried to get a glimpse of the Lord.

At last they heard, 'One for you, one for me. That's all. Now let's go get those nuts by the fence and we'll be done.' They say the old man made it back to town a full 5 minutes ahead of the kid on the bike.
 
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I Miss My Friend
Written & Submitted by: Pat Lewallen
10/26/2011
 
LC Fran, oh how I miss her
My precious four legged friend.
The last day I saw her I didn’t know
I’d never get to see her again.
 
We met in 1996 after Hurricane Fran,
That’s why “Fran” was in her name.
I found out after only one feeding
She liked me; my home she did claim.
 
LC Fran was an outside cat,
I’d let her come inside to eat her meal.
She liked this time away from dogs,
And her food they couldn’t steal.
 
Growing up I never liked cats.
My sister always had at least one stray.
Each cat would learn real quickly
I didn’t like cats and not to get in my way.
 
I had always heard an old saying
“You never own a cat, they own you.”
LC Fran taught me I could love a cat
And that old saying - oh yes, it’s true!
 
One year has passed since
LC Fran and I had to part.
I’m glad she came into my life,
Her memories I keep in my heart.
 
I don’t know all about Heaven.
I don’t know how cats fit into God’s plan.
But if He’s reserved them a place too
I’ll want to see my LC Fran!
 
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Psalm 9:1 (KJV)
I will praise thee, O LORD, with my whole heart; I will shew forth all thy marvellous works.
 
Psalm 100:4 (KJV)
Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
 
Psalm 105:1-2 (KJV)
O give thanks unto the LORD; call upon his name: make known his deeds among the people.
Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him: talk ye of all his wondrous works.
 
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A Turkey’s Point of View
Written & submitted by: Irene Wright
(A little humor for these trying times. I pray everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving!)
 
I was feeling great this morning, strutting all about
When I heard someone begin to shout
Could it be a hunter I see?
Lurking behind those trees!
 
Scratching my head in disbelief, pondering upon soon becoming an unlucky dude
I was suddenly in such a “fowl” mood!
 
Tried to “gobble” my way out of the situation
But he could not understand my “pronunciation”
So I will have to admit
I was about to have a “turkey” fit!
 
Calmly, the hunter said, ‘“Why are you so stressed?”
“Soon you will be ready and “dressed!”
Although you’re looking a little thinner
You are still invited to our Thanksgiving dinner.”
 
Sweating from head to toe
I said, “I really wasn’t planning to go!”
 “I’m surprised” he remarked,
Not caring it was getting dark!
 
Said you should be thankful on this Thanksgiving Day!
Count your blessings along the way!
 
So with one last sigh
I soon replied,
“It is not gratitude I feel
When I always end up as the main course meal!”
 
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If April showers bring May flowers, what do May flowers bring?
Pilgrims.
 
Why did Johnny get such low grades after Thanksgiving?
Because everything is marked down after the holidays.
 
Why did the turkey cross the road?
It was the chicken’s day off.
 
Why was the turkey the drummer in the band?
Because he had the drumsticks.
 
What happened when the turkey got into a fight?
He got the stuffing knocked out of him.
 
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+++ The Christian Banner - October 2011 +++
 
Helen Steiner Rice
(May 19, 1900 – April 23, 1981)
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Helen Steiner Rice was an American writer of religious and inspirational poetry. She was born in Lorain, Ohio on May 19, 1900. Her father, a railroad worker, died in the influenza epidemic of 1918. She began work for a public utility and progressed to the position of advertising manager, which was rare for a woman at that time. She also became the Ohio State Chairman of the Women's Public Information Committee of the Electric Light Association, and campaigned for women's rights and improved working conditions.

In 1929 she married Franklin Rice, a bank vice-president in Dayton, Ohio. After the stock market crash in October that year, Franklin lost his job and his investments. He fell into a depression from which he never recovered, and committed suicide in 1932.

Rice became a successful businesswoman and lecturer, but found her most satisfying outlet in writing verses for a prominent greeting card company. The demand for her poems became so great that her books are still selling steadily after many printings, and she has been acclaimed as "America's beloved inspirational poet laureate". The strong faith she had in God and the ability she had to express deep emotion give her poems timeless appeal. For millions of readers the poetry of Helen Steiner Rice is a living testimony to the reality of God’s action in human lives.
 
Helen Steiner Rice – 10 commandments:

01. Thou shalt be happy.
 
02. Thou shalt use thy talents to make others glad.
 
03. Thou shalt rise above defeat and trouble.
 
04. Thou shalt look upon each day as a new day.

05. Thou shalt always do thy best and leave the rest to God.
 
06. Thou shalt not waste thy time and energy in useless worry.
 
07. Thou shalt look only on the bright side of life.
 
08. Thou shalt not be afraid of tomorrow.
 
09. Thou shalt have a kind word and a kind deed for everyone.
 
10. Thou shalt say each morning — I am a child of God and nothing can hurt me.

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An exasperated mother, whose son was always getting into mischief, finally asked him, "How do you expect to get into Heaven?"
 
The boy thought it over and said, "Well, I'll just run in and out and in and out and keep slamming the door until St. Peter says, 'For Heaven's sake, Jimmy, come in or stay out!'"
 
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Thank You Lord!
Written & Submitted by: Lela Trotter
 
The Lord answered a special prayer for me, and I want to share it with our readers. In June of this year, it was time to get my yearly mammogram. I had never had any problems in twenty years so I didn’t really think about it. About a week after I had gone, I got a call from the nurse telling me that she had made me an appointment the next day. Something had shown up. I was so shocked. I told her I couldn’t go the next day because I was supposed to go to Duke Hospital in two days for surgery to put in another pacemaker. She got really upset and asked if I could put off my trip to Duke Hospital.
 
I told the nurse, “No!” She wanted me to talk to the doctor. I found out that she didn’t know what a pacemaker did. The doctor told the nurse that if I didn’t get another pacemaker I wouldn’t need another mammogram. He told me to have another mammogram after my wound from the pacemaker surgery healed up. The doctor also told me that it looked like a mass.
 
I went to Duke Hospital but the bad news was always on my mind. I knew my family was praying for me and they all said they thought it would be alright. Every time I prayed about it, I thought about all the women I had known who had died and they were Christians. I thought too myself that God is no respecter of person and it could happen to me.
 
In August I had healed enough from my pacemaker surgery to go back for another test. So I went back and the person who did the test explained to me what they would do. The radiologist came in and told me the results. She said everything looked okay. I just had to stop and say, “Thank you Lord!” I’ve thanked Him everyday since then too.
 
I would still appreciate your prayers. I’ve had back problems since I was young. It was hurting at Duke Hospital so one of the doctors ordered a scan to be done. I found out I have three things wrong with my back and I’ve got to go see a doctor. This year, for the first time, the pain has moved down my legs and into my knees. I have a hard time walking. I thank God for all His blessings and I pray for all our church members. I love all of you. I want to get back to church. May God bless each of you!
 
(Please remember Lela and Virgil in your prayers. Ask the Lord to be with them both and to meet their needs each and every day.)

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The Bible - the Greatest Book of All Time
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The Bible contains the mind of God, the state of man, the way of salvation, the doom of sinners, and the happiness of believers. Its doctrines are holy, its precepts are binding, its histories are true, and its decisions are immutable. Read it to be wise, believe it to be safe, and practice it to be holy. It contains light to direct you, food to support you, and comfort to cheer you.

It is the traveler’s map, the pilgrim’s staff, the pilot’s compass, the soldier’s sword, and the Christian’s charter. Here Paradise is restored, Heaven opened, and the gates of hell disclosed. CHRIST is its grand subject, our good the design, and the glory of God its end.

It should fill the memory, rule the heart, and guide the feet. Read it slowly, frequently, and prayerfully. It is a mine of wealth, a paradise of glory, and a river of pleasure. It is given you in life, will be opened at the judgment, and be remembered forever. It involves the highest responsibility, will reward the greatest labor, and will condemn all who trifle with its sacred contents.

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A New Sound
Written & Submitted by: Pat Lewallen
 
The sound just kept getting louder
It was getting on my nerves.
I was all alone in the house
It was a sound only I heard.
 
I listened and I wondered
What in the world could this be?
I quickly left what I was doing
I had to go look and see.
 
I got a real scary feeling
As in the house I did explore,
I knew if I didn’t find it soon
I’d be running out the front door!
 
I finally walked into the bedroom.
And saw my brand new alarm clock,
Just alarming for all it was worth!
I unplugged it and made it stop.
 
The scary feeling left me soon after
I found where the noise came from.
I began to think of another sound
That in my life one day will come.
 
One day death will send for me,
The end of my life will be very near.
One day the angels will call my name
 With a sound only I will hear.
 
This new sound will be so different
For it’ll bring sweet peace to me,
I’ll be going home to see my Jesus
And with my loved ones I shall always be.
 
You have only one earthly life to live,
One day you’ll hear a new sound.
Accept Jesus here and make sure
One day your soul will be heaven bound!
 
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Columbus Day is celebrated the second Monday in October. Columbus discovered America in 1492. He originally set sail on August 3,1492, but had trouble with the ships, stopping at the Canary Islands for a month. The ships, the Nina, the Pinta and the Santa Maria, left the Canary Islands on September 3, 1492. While Columbus was an Italian, he could not find funding in Italy, so he turned to the King of Spain. King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella provided the funding. He did not land on the U.S. mainland. He landed on an island in the Caribbean. While many believe he landed on San Salvador, there is still debate on which island he originally landed on.
 
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Do You Know Your Hymns?
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Dentist’s Hymn - Crown Him with Many Crowns

Weatherman’s Hymn - There Shall be Showers of Blessings

Contractor’s Hymn - The church is One foundation

Tailor’s Hymn - Holy, Holy, Holy

Golfer’s Hymn - There is a Green Hill Far Away

Politician’s Hymn - Standing on the Promises

Optometrist’s Hymn - Open My Eyes That I May See

IRS Agent’s Hymn - I Surrender All

Gossip’s Hymn - Pass it On

Shopper’s Hymn - Sweet Bye and Bye
 
Electrician’s Hymn -Send the Light

Realtor’s Hymn - I’ve Got a Mansion Just Over the Hilltop

Massage Therapists Hymn - He Touched Me

Doctor’s Hymn - The Great Physician

And for those who speed on the highway – a few more Hymns
 45 mph - God Will Take Care of You
 65 mph - Nearer My God To Thee
 85 mph - This World is Not My Home
 95 mph - Lord, I am Coming Home
100 mph- Precious Memories
 
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Did You Know?
 
October is National Residents’ Rights Month. This is an annual event celebrated to honor residents living in all long-term care facilities, including nursing homes, sub acute units, assisted living, board and care and retirement communities. It is a time for celebration and recognition offering an opportunity for every facility to focus on and celebrate awareness of dignity, respect and the value of each individual resident. The theme for National Residents' Rights Month 2011 is, "Welcome Home: Creating Connections between Residents and the Community" with the goal of educating the community about residents' rights and to increase community involvement with residents.
 
Take time in October to pay a visit a local long-term care facility. Stop by and smile and say hello to the residents. The residents will be glad to see you. You’ll be glad you stopped by too.