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News in Brief

By Staff
Christmas Tour of Homes today
The Grand Ole Dames Garden Club is holding the annual Christmas in the South Tour of Homes today from 1:30 until 4:30 p.m.
Tickets are available at the door of any of the five homes on the tour.
The addresses for the homes on the tour are:

  • 804 1st Avenue
    The Beans Store will be serving refreshments for Tour participants following the tour at 132 South Main Street.
    Carolyn Smith's needlepoint will also be on display next door at the Atmore News office.
    First Presbyterian
    Chrisom tonight
    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 tonight
    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.
    Historical Society
    ornaments available
    Due to popular request from Christmas ornament collectors, the Atmore Historical Society has recently reordered a limited number of the 2005 ornament, which featured an etching of the local train depot decorated with wreath and garland. A rendering of the train station is etched on each custom-made, polished metal ornament that features an antique gold finish. An attractive holly wreath and bow frame the ornament. Of course this year's ornament, which features the 1926 YMCA Building is also still available. It is crafted in design and metal work compatible with the 2005 issue as described above. To purchase either last year's or this year's ornament, please contact Hattie Maxwell at 368-4608. The cost per ornament is $10 for either year.
    Ornaments will also be on sale downtown on the evening of Dec.8 from 5 – 7. Sales tables will be set up on the sidewalks along Main Street.
    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 Dec. 1-2 from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. at 204 W. Pine St.
    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 11 a.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 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 p.m. until 8:30 p.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 Bellarmine Catholic Church's 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 St., 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.
    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 5:30 p.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 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 fettuccine, 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. http://www.myescambia.com/departments/public_info_commun/PressReleaseArchives.ph.
    Southern Family Market food drive
    Southern Family Markets launches its 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, 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 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Dec. 16 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
    Christmas pictures of owner and 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.
    Faith Tabernacle to host musical Dec. 16
    Faith Tabernacle Holiness Church will host a musical program Dec. 16 at 7:30 p.m. All groups, choirs, soloist are invited to come and be a part of this great program. The Gospel Travelers will be the host group. Dr. Van McPherson pastor.
    Twelve Judges of Israel Dec. 13 – 17
    The Faith Tabernacle Holiness Church will present the Twelve Judges of Israel on Dec. 13-15 and climaxing Dec. 17 at 3:30 p.m. with nightly service at 7:30 p.m. Come and learn why God chose judges at this time instead of kings to lead Israel. Dr. Van McPherson pastor.
    Christmas ornaments now available
    Due to popular request from Christmas ornament collectors, the Atmore Historical Society has recently reordered a limited number of the 2005 ornament, which featured an etching of the local train depot decorated with wreath and garland. A rendering of the train station is etched on each custom-made, polished metal ornament that features an antique gold finish. An attractive holly wreath and bow frame the ornament.
    Of course this year's ornament, which features the 1926 YMCA Building is also still available. It is crafted in design and metal work compatible with the 2005 issue as described above. To purchase either last year's or this year's ornament, please contact Hattie Maxwell at 368-4608. The cost per ornament is $10 for either year.
    Ornaments will also be on sale downtown on the evening of Dec. 8 from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Sales tables will be set up on the sidewalks along Main Street in the vicinity of Atmore News, south of the railroad tracks and near Annie's Community Cup.