December 2012 South Cobb Bright Side

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South Cobb Volume 7, No. 12



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SCHOOL LIBRARY MEDIA PROGRAMS EARN HONORS FROM GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION The media center team at Russell Elementary School was the recipient of 2012 Exemplary/Exceptional Library Media Program Award from the Georgia Department of Education. The awards spotlight the essential role library media programs play in student achievement. To qualify for the award, media specialists submitted a 6-page narrative documenting the media program and explaining the impact of the library media program on student achievement. Letters of support from administrators, teachers, students/par-

ents are also part of the evaluated narrative that is read and scored by outside experts. The program must be ‘proficient’ in all of the 19 target indicators in the rubric (based on law, policy and standards) and exemplary in at least 14 of the indicators. The library media programs at Russell Elementary School, operated by Marty Arrington, was recognized as Exceptional. The schools met most of the target indicators and may reapply for the overall award in future years.



The Mable House Arts Center was turned into a holiday wonderland of arts and crafts during the annual Christmas House show and sale. Above, Anne King of Mableton, and a member of the South Cobb Arts Alliance, takes a look at a Santa tree. Below left, Barbara Savage and Wanda Espy check out the tree ornaments. Below right, Silvia Reily and Mirella Reily look over a Christmas tree display.

A Senior Adult Christmas Luncheon catered by Mother’s Finest Catering with entertainment by the gospel duet team, “One Lord, One Heart” will be held at Mt. Harmony Baptist Church in Mableton Friday, Dec. 7 at Noon. “Glory in the Highest” will be presented by the Mt. Harmony Baptist Church Worship Choir Sunday, Dec. 9 at 6 p.m. “Christmas at the Keyboards” featuring Christmas favorites played on six grand pianos and other instruments by over 20

players will be presented at Mt. Harmony Baptist Church Saturday, Dec. 15 at 6 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 16 at 3 and 6 p.m. Worship together as a family and enjoy candle lighting, Christmas carols, and a message from God’s Word by our Pastor at our first ever “Christmas Eve Eve Service” on Sunday, Dec. 23 at 6 p.m. Mt. Harmony is at 561 Veterans Memorial Highway SE, Mableton. If you have questions or need further information call 770-948-3900 for details.

Lisa Richardson, parent of two students at Floyd Middle School, was selected to participate in state Superintendent John Barge’s 2013 Parent Advisory Council. She joins 35 other parents from across Georgia on the group, which will meet with Dr. Barge three times in 2013 to discuss strategies for improving student success through family engagement. According to the Georgia Department of Education, the meetings will allow

parents to provide feedback and input on new policies, projects, and materials that influence students and their families. The Superintendent’s council will share the information they learn with community members, other families and schools. They will also serve as advisors and ambassadors in their respective communities. Mrs. Richardson is a former PTSA president for Floyd and her husband Ed Richardson is FMS school council chair.


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Church members at Austell Presbyterian Church present the annual Living Nativity Scene.

Since 1957, wise men, shepherds, angels, and a good portion of the Atlanta community have gathered on Love Street in Austell to see the baby Jesus. It is the annual Living Nativity at Austell Presbyterian Church December 20-22 from 7 to 8 p.m. This year the tableau will feature special music each night. Thursday evening, the Austell Chancel Choir will be featured. Friday evening, the church’s youth group led by Lynda Pearce will sing. On Saturday, local gospel singer Tony Peace and friends will be on hand to present special music. After viewing the Nativity, the community is invited to tour the 121 year-old decorated sanctuary as well as enjoy cider and soup in the warmth of Kirk Hall. This year a fire pit and children’s crafts have been added “Almost every member of our church turns out to be in the nativity, sing, or provide hospitality. We love to share this event with everyone in the community, “ remarked Austell Presbyterian’s pastor Dave Pearce. Austell Presbyterian Church is located

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Men of the Church build the stable for the Nativity Scene.

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By Cathy Shattles Lipsett Editor/Publisher It was our third Christmas as a married couple and Allan and I were first time home owners, comfortably settled in our remodeled craftsman-style house in College Park. As Christmas day drew near, however, we were not in a particularly festive mood. It was an unusual holiday with few decorations in the house and no tree. Allan was living during the week in Warner Robins where he had just started a job as news editor at the daily paper and I was completing my job as assistant editor of Presbyterian Survey Magazine and trying to sell our much loved home of less than a year. On Christmas Eve, Allan returned home, looked at the undecorated house and went out, returning with a scrawny little tree that had been abandoned at one of the neighborhood Christmas tree lots. Like the scene in a Charlie Brown Christmas, we decorated that ugly tree with the ornaments saved from our two previous Christmases. As we decorated, our spirits were uplifted and the house glowed with the lights of the season. We could have had a meaningful Christmas without the tree, but from our childhood, the tree has become a symbol, a tradition of the season. Each year we bring out the ornaments that have been collected during our 40 years of marriage. These ornaments tell our story, providing a timeline of Christmas past and a bridge to Christmas yet to come. We still have the red and gold ornaments from our first Christmas when I wanted an artistic tree, all red and gold. That idea didn’t last long, as we added decorations that didn’t fit the theme. We have my prized “Silent Night” ornament brought from my parent’s home and the handmade ornaments crafted by Allan’s dad. There are small angels and bells, cats, Nutcrackers and even a CocaCola Polar Bear. Each ornament is a part our Christmas story. Some of our special ornaments have been passed along to our now grown children for their trees. Many more treasured ornaments remain, however, and I look forward to explaining their history to our granddaughters when they are older. In 2005, the year we started The Bright Side Smyrna/Vinings, we added an ornament purchased in the quaint seaside town of Kinsale, during that summer’s Marietta W E


First Presbyterian Church choir trip to Ireland. The white ball, adorned with green shamrocks, is a physical reminder of that special trip. More importantly, however, it continues to remind us that Christmas is not just an American holiday, but rather a celebration for Christians worldwide. As we decorate with lights and ornaments and my prized Angel atop the tree, we remember not just the trees but the memories of Christmas past. Our decorations may not be spectacular, but they define the season. The Christmas tree, the wreaths on the windows, the Nativity, and the Advent candles transform our home from the everyday to the holiday. With our decorations, we proclaim Christmas has arrived. Once a year we have a visual that Christmas has arrived. And we know that even when the decorations have been boxed up and put away, the spirit of Christmas will continue to live within us throughout the year.

SEASONS GREETINGS TO OUR PETS As the holiday season draws near And family and friends arrive, We have concerns for the pets we hold dear To keep them happy, safe, and alive. Holiday feasts are always fun Our pets often beg for a slice, But before you feed them scraps and buns Be like Santa, and think twice! Remember chocolate is toxic to pets Ornaments and tinsel can look yummy. Keep them away: prevent a trip to the vet And avoid a very upset tummy. With doors opening and closing Family and friends all about, Before you know it they’re leaving Make sure your animals don’t get out!

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Page 4, December 2012 A full version of our calendar for Smyrna/ Vinings and Mableton/Austell is available on our website: DECEMBER NOW - 23: SANTA IN SMYRNA. The City of Smyrna and the Smyrna Optimist Club will welcome Santa again this year on: Dec. 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Santa will be at Aunt Fanny’s cabin on Atlanta Road across from Downtown Smyrna Village. ••• 12: SOUTH COBB AREA COUNCIL. Wednesday, Dec. 12 South Cobb Area Council. Coach George E. Ford Center at 11:45 a.m. Online Registration Closes: Dec. 10 at noon. ••• 12: SOUTH COBB BUSINESS ASSOCIATION. Networking event, Presbyterian Village, 8 - 9 a.m. Bright business cards and network with other businesses. WEEKLY EVENTS AEROBICS CLASS. Austell First United

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AMERICAN LEGION POST 264, 6251 Ivey Road, Mableton is offering free Group Fitness Classes every Saturday morning at 10 a.m. All are welcome. ••• BIBLE STUDY. Every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.


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Triumphant Community Church fed hundreds on Nov. 17, providing their Annual Thanksgiving Community Luncheon to Austell and the Communities of South Cobb.

Join Us For Christmas Dinner December 25, Doors open at 5 p.m. Adults $20 • Young Adults $15 • Under 10 $8 Reservations recommended

The Men’s Ministry at St. Luke United Methodist Church will present members of Americolor Opera in concert on Sunday, Dec. 16, at 4 p.m., to perform Christmas Carols and a few of Dr. Sharon J. Willis’ original works. Dr. Willis, founder of the AOA, serves as Department Chair of Music at Clark Atlanta University (since 2005) and is the only women composer in the United States to have written and premiered 12 operas, five plays and is the founder of her own opera company. St. Luke United Methodist Church is located at 5115 Brookwood Drive SW, Mableton, and the Pastor is Rev. Fleming Thompson. Please invite your family and friends to hear some magnificent music to bring in the season.

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