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News in Brief

By Staff
Atmore Council meets quickly
The Atmore City Council did not waste any time Monday afternoon during its scheduled council meeting.
The following items were approved with no opposition:
Coalition meeting tomorrow at noon
The November Coalition will meet Thursday, Nov. 30 at noon at DW McMillan Hospital in the Strandell Conference Room. Carolyn Bern will be the speaker and a light lunch will be available for anyone who would like to eat.
Friendship club luncheon Dec. 2
McCullough Friendship luncheon will be held at Stagecoach Caf/ in Stockton Dec. 2 at 11a.m.
First Presbyterian
Chrisom on Dec. 3
First Presbyterian Church, located at 208 E. Horner Street, will hold its annual Chrisom Service on Sunday, Dec. 3 at 6p.m. Christmas Eve Communion Service will be held at 6p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 24. The community is invited to attend. If you need further information, please call the church office at 368-5453.
Festival of Lessons and Carols Dec. 3
St. Andrew's Anglican Church is presenting a Festival of Lessons and Carols at 5p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 3 at the Church on Pine and Presley Streets. This service was first held at Truro Cathedral on Christmas Eve in 1880 and has become a favorite Christmas time service.
The original service was "Nine Lessons and Carols" but has been adapted and shortened to suit the times and places where used.
Benefit program for William C. America
There will be a benefit program for Dea. William C. America, Sr. former County Commissioner on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2006 held at St. Paul A.F. Church of God located at 232 Carver Ave. where Tommy America is the pastor.
The program will start at 7p.m. All choirs, soloists and groups are asked to come out and help support this program. Special guest will be The Visionaries of Atmore.
Chamber window decorating contest
The Atmore Area Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the annual window decorating contest.
This year's theme is "Christmas at the Movies." Businesses who wish to participate must call the Chamber office before Dec. 7 at 368-3305 if they wish to be judged. Judging will take place on the evening of Dec. 8.
Please use white lights in your decorations.
Atmore Young Life to hold garage sale
Atmore Young Life will have a garage sale Friday &Saturday, Dec. 1 &2, 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. at 204 West Pine Street.
Many household items from an estate will be included along with children's toys, games and Christmas items.
All proceeds will go to directly benefit the Atmore Area Young Life.
FUMC present Christmas program
The Chancel Choir and Children's Choir of First United Methodist Church will present "Emmanuel, God with us," a service of lessons and carols, at 11a.m. Sunday morning, Dec. 17.
The music by Lloyd Larson combines contemporary with traditional, but the scriptural message is a statement of love and devotion, God's gift to the world, His Son. The choirs, Rev. Dan Rhodes, Pastor, and Francis Dunn, minister of music, invite you to share in this worship service this holiday season.
NWE football banquet scheduled for Dec. 9
The NWE football banquet will be Dec. 9, 2006 from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. at the Ernest Ward cafeteria.
Election of board members will follow meeting.
Bethel to host Walk through Bethlehem
Bethel Baptist Church of Robertsdale invites you to Walk through Bethlehem Dec. 8-10 from 6- 8:30p.m.
Admission is free and groups of twenty or more are asked to contact the church at 251-947-5145.
St. Roberts Catholic
Christmas services
St. Robert's Catholic Church Christmas weekend schedule is as follows: Vigil Mass: Saturday, Dec. 23 at 5:30 p.m.; Sunday Mass: Sunday, Dec. 24 at 9 a.m.; Christmas Eve Service: Dec.24 at 8 p.m.; Christmas Day service Monday, Dec. 25 at 9 a.m.
The Rev. Gordon Milsted, Pastor, can be reached at 368-1801. St. Robert Bellarmine is located at 600 S. Main Street, across from Heritage Park.
Trinity announces Christmas services
Open doors! Open minds! Open hearts!
Services at Trinity on Sunday Dec. 24 will be as follows: Holy Eucharist Service at 11 a.m.; Christmas Eve Service at 6 p.m. Considered to be the oldest public building in continuous use in Atmore, Trinity was founded in 1900 as The Church of the Heavenly Rest. The church is located in the 200 block of S. Carney Street, directly behind Bondurant Hardware.
For further information the Rev. Sandra Mayer, Rector, can be reached at 368-5933.
American Legion's Santa breakfast
The American Legion and the American Legion Auxiliary will hold breakfast with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 2.
To be eligible, you must have children of an active duty military person who will not be able to be home for Christmas
Apply by calling the American Legion at 446-1403. Please leave a voicemail message.
Application deadline is sometime in the week of Nov. 20-24.
Combined choirs hold Lessons/Carols
The Combined Choirs of First Baptist Church, First Presbyterian Church, First United Methodist Church, Trinity Episcopal Church, and other individual participants invite you to a service of Lessons and Carols on Sunday, Dec. 17, at 5:30p.m., in the sanctuary of First Baptist Church. In the celebration of Christmas, we all enjoy meaningful family traditions, inspiring programs, beloved carols, and all the sights, sounds, and smells of the season. But in the midst of it all there is one basic and central message, our own personal gift from God, truly the greatest gift of all for Christmas- His Son- "Emmanuel, God With Us."
"Emmanuel , God with Us," by Lloyd Larson combines contemporary with timeless scripture and songs of the season, both new and old. The combined choirs are conducted by Dennis Bilbo, Frances Dunn, and Glenn Jernigan.
Cajun Christmas at Atmore Apostolic
Atmore Apostolic Church is having an evening of great food, warm fellowship, and hilarious entertainment on Saturday, Dec. 16 at 6 p.m in the church dining hall. This year's theme will be "A Cajun Christmas."
The menu will consist of green salad, crab cakes, shrimp fetticine, jambalaya, chicken strips, green beans, corn, cheesecake with strawberry topping, mini chocolate /clairs and sweet or unsweet tea or water.
Entertainment will be provided by the hilarious duo of "Boudreaux and Thibodeaux" from DeQuincy, La.
Admission will be $10 per person.
Tickets MUST be purchased in advance, and can be obtained by calling Sharla Morgan at 368-8338 or by emailing FamilyandFaith@frontiernet.net.
Tickets should be purchased by Dec. 3.
Holiday fire safety campaign begins
"Keep the Wreath Green", Escambia County's Holiday Fire Safety Campaign will launch this Thursday evening at 5 p.m. I have attached the link to the News release and the accompanying 31 days of fire safety tips. We hope that you can announce a tip each day and/or post it to your website. We want to do what we can to make this the safest holiday season for all our residents. http://www.myescambia.com/departments/public_info_commun/PressReleaseArchives.ph.
Southern Family Market food drive
Southern Family Markets Launch it's Second Annual "Family to Family" Food Drive to benefit local food banks.
Southern Family Markets announced that they will launch their "Family to Family" holiday food drive campaign. The "Family to Family" food drive focuses local attention on the severe problems of domestic hunger and its impact on families and children. It also helps build up depleted reserves at local food banks immediately after the holidays.
We know that our customers are living a busy lifestyle balancing family and work, time and money. Thanks to the simplicity of the "Family to Family" campaign, during the holidays, it will be easy for customers to stop by their local Southern Family Markets supermarket, purchase a $5 grocery bag full of food and drop the bag in the bin located at the front of the store. Local food banks will then pick them up and deliver your donations to local families in the community.
This program is a holiday program that began Nov. 12 and continues through Dec. 30. Customers can make a difference this holiday season by giving from their family to a family in need.
Based in Birmingham, Ala. Southern Family Markets currently operates 56 supermarkets in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, and Tennessee.
Animal Shelter hosts animal Christmas
Christmas for the Animals at the Atmore Animals Shelter, sponsored by Spayd with Heart, Dec. 15 from 10- 5p.m. and Dec. 16 from 10- 2p.m. Christmas pictures of you and your pet will be $5 for 5x7s. Discount adoptions and free gift bags will be part of the Christmas celebration. Donations are also needed for the animal shelter:
Blankets (no electric), large towels, dog/cat toys, collars, leashes and dog bones.
All donations will be given to the animals at the Atmore Animal Shelter.
Money donations will go to Spayd with Heart to help pay for the costs of spaying and neutering.
For more information call 368-0859.