Point News 12.15.21
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By Carol Sue Carnes
Amid the hustle and bustle of the upcoming holidays we seem to really lose the true meaning of Christmas. After all “Jesus is the reason for the season”! Please take time to attend church each week and attend Advent Service if your church has them. Christmas is celebrated to remember the birth of Jesus Christ. The church service is where Christians remember that Jesus was born. A very early Christian theory said that the day Mary found out she would be the mother of Jesus (called the Annunciation) was March 25 and nine months later is the 25th of December. This is why Christmas the celebration came about to be celebrated on that date. The very first recorded date of Christmas being celebrated on this date was in the year 336 BC.
On Wednesday the Calhoun Red Hatters enjoyed their Christmas luncheon and party at the Old Fill In in Batchtown. Present were Irene Wallendorf, Betty Klaas, Kathy Wallendorf, Barb Bick, Margie Carnes, Cynthia Heffington, Sharon Friedel, Mary Lee Rose, Vera Droege, Betty Bieker, Christine Johnes and Dianne Baalman. Everyone enjoyed the great meal and afternoon together.
On Thursday Audrey Nolte of Troy, IL spent the day with her parents Bob and Anita Nolte. She had the day off and came to celebrate her dad’s birthday which is on the 15th. After lunch they enjoyed visiting and playing cards.
Greg and Sheryl Klaas, along with their daughter Emily and Henry and Elizabeth Elik enjoyed dining on Sunday at Heavy Smoke BBQ in St. Peters. They were celebrating the birthdays of Emily and Henry Elik. Many more happy birthdays to both of them.
On Sunday night Joey and Chelsie Kiel and Derek and Lyndsi Sievers enjoyed the St. Louis Blues game against the Anaheim Ducks. They enjoyed seeing a great game and were just disappointed that the Blues didn’t win in overtime.
Keith and Renee Ballard, Eric and Alexandria of O’Fallon, IL and Wayne and Edie Nolte of Alton all helped their dad and grandpa, Bob Nolte, celebrate his birthday on Sunday. Anita had prepared a wonderful meal for the occasion, followed by an afternoon of visiting. Many more “happy ones” Bob!
On Sunday Julie Carnes and Caleb spent the day with Francis Toppmeyer. They brought him some prepared food for the week, helped him with chores and visited both St. Mary’s and St. Matthew’s Cemetery. John spent the day with me. When I came home from church he told me not to fix lunch, instead we were going for a ride. As it turned out we visited Indian Creek Cemetery in Hamburg and put flowers on my wonderful in-laws Charles and Bernice Carnes’ grave, then down the west side where we checked out Candy Cane Lane’s beautiful light display and visited with Tony Sievers, then down to St. Barbara’s Cemetery. Afterwards we enjoyed a delicious catfish dinner at the Ole Fill-In. Last of all a stop at St. Matthew’s to see the lighted tree Julie & Caleb had put there. Finally back to the house where we enjoyed a glass of wine and John helped me with my Christmas cards. A surprise afternoon for sure but I really enjoyed it. Thanks so much to all.
Ben and Barb Hanneken enjoyed dinner Sunday evening at the Ole Fill-IN. The occasion was Barb’s birthday. Many more “happy ones” Barb!
Congratulations to Alexa Jo Pikesley who graduated on Saturday, December 11, from Lindenwood University in St. Charles, MO. Attending the ceremony were her mother Jill Pikesley, grandparents Denny and Carol Rose and friend Travis Kamp. After the ceremony they celebrated with a luncheon, and were joined by Landon Pikesley, Willie and Renee Rose and Ben and Jill Rose. Best wishes to you in the future Alexa!
Lindsey Tapp and son Lincoln visited on Sunday with her parents Steve and Susan Rose and grandparents Jack and JoAnn Kirn all of Golden Eagle. That evening they were joined by Haley Rose and they all enjoyed dinner at the Ole Fill-In Restaurant in Batchtown.
Deepest sympathy to the family of Karen (Herter) Curry who passed away on Monday at the Calhoun Care Center in Hardin. Prayers for her sisters Kim (Dennis) Droege of Golden Eagle and Kathy (Doug )Walters of Cedar Rapids, IA and their families. She was a daughter of the late Kenneth and Josephine Herter. A Celebration of Life memorial service will be held at a later date.
Birthday Blessings this week to Emil Kuhn, Robert Nolte, Belle Friedel, Robert Kaibel, Steve Droege, Keith Hagen, Kevin Halemeyer, Rose Schnettgoecke, Kelly Mazzacavallo, Carol Ann Kiel and all others celebrating their natal day at this time.
Happy Anniversary to Gerald and Carrie Friedel, Phil and Carole Seiferman, Lloyd and Debbie DeSherlia and all other couples celebrating a wedding anniversary this week.
On Sunday the third of the Advent Candles was lit, pink, meaning Joy. We have now passed the half-way point and Christmas is drawing near. At this point in our Advent journey our hearts should be filled with joy as we remember the magnitude of Christ’s birth. We mark this joyful time by lighting the one and only pink candle on the wreath.
Oh God, who sees how your people faithfully await the feast of the Lord’s Nativity, enable us to pray to attain the joys of so great a salvation and to celebrate them always with solemn worship and glad rejoicing. Amen.