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Evangelist Scott Dawson shares a special message for Christmas. See page 22.


22 Christmas 20 Christmas Shopping Guide 36 Holiday Tour of Homes


8 Shop Local 19 There’s No Place Like Local For The Holidays 24 Laser Tag Opens at The Factory 38 Don’t Let Stress Dull The Holiday Sparkle


6 Bringing Out the Winner Out of Balance 7 Are We There Yet? See Alabama for Christmas 10 Humor in Holy Places And What DO You Want For Christmas? 11 An Encouraging Word Chosen 12 Music Notes Top 5 Picks For The Season 12 Best Books HGTV’s Chip Gaines Pens Capital Gaines 13 Student Moments Big Miracle, Small Package 15 Mission Makers Habitat for the Holidays 15 Kids Korner Painted Rocks Bring Ripples of Happiness 16 Church Leaders Thanksgiving 17 Legal Matters Social Security Social Disability 18 Photo Fun What The World Really Needs 19 Senior Scene Seasonal Changes, Holidays & Dementia 27 Money Matters Health Care Costs Are Cutting into Retirement Prep 28-34 Healthy Living Celebrating Carbohydrates! The Season of Good Health 5 Exercises You Should Be Doing but You’re Not Holiday Foot Pain Options in Sleep Apnea Therapy GRMC Recognized With Award Managing Mental Health 34 Education Extra GSCC Singers Annual Christmas Tour GSCC Crowns Homecoming King & Queen 40 Potluck Chocolate Chess Pie 41 Home Front Reasons to Get Approved Up-Front 42 Calendar & Classifieds Like us on Facebook to get the latest updates and to read our digital edition. @annistongadsdenchristianfamily

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Winner In Your Child

Out of Balance? I have had 16 knee surgeries in my lifetime. As you can imagine, I have spent a LOT of time in rehab. The greatest challenge to getting back to normal activity isn’t necessarily strength, although that is VERY important. It really boils down to balance. If your repaired leg isn’t as strong as the other leg, you will always be a little off balance. Another injury is likely to occur. Over the years, we have dealt with thousands of dysfunctional families, all of whom are in some way out of balance. Why have so many parents and families lost the balance in their lives? One of the greatest challenges we face as parents is knowing when to be tough and when to be lenient. Too many times, one parent is the easy touch and the other is an immovable hardliner. This issue is magnified when both parents are too soft or too hard. It is an especially tough circumstance when you are a single parent trying to do the job of both parents. Try following the points below: 1) Ask God for wisdom (this is the best start!) 2) Pray without ceasing 3) Have open communication with your spouse  4) Define clear goals 5) Communicate those goals to your child 6) Keep realistic expectations 7) Always be consistent Nobody has it all together.  Just do your best, trusting God for the “balance.”


— John Croyle, Founder Big Oak Ranch Author, Who You Are/Defying the Circumstances that Define Us, Bringing Out the Winner in Your Child, The Two Minute Drill to Manhood and Raising a Princess,

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Are We There Yet? See Alabama For Christmas Can you believe that December is here already? Amid all of the holiday hustle and bustle, why not carve out some time to enjoy one (or more!) of the festive light displays in the area? There’s no need to travel far to see world-class Christmas lights and displays. So grab some mittens and your coat; here are five to get you started. Christmas At The Falls located in the beautiful Noccalula Falls Park. Christmas At The Falls offers millions of lights and displays. Enjoy your evening strolling along the paved trails or taking a narrated ride on the train. Sip hot chocolate, decorate a cookie, visit Sants, and even write a letter to the North Pole, dropping it in the special mailbox at the Post Office in the Pioneer Village. For more information visit or call (256) 549-4662 Galaxy of Lights is located at the Huntsville Botanical Garden located off I-565. This nearly two-mile driving route is a holiday light extravaganza featuring larger than life displays, a twinkling icicle forest, Santa soaring over a winter wonderland, and much, much more. Visit for more information, hours, and ticket prices. Christmas In The Park in the Arab City Park offers more than two million lights in one of Northeast Alabama’s largest displays. This one is walking only so bundle up and stroll through the over-the-top light displays, Tinsel Trail, even visit the Arab Historic Village which has been transformed into Santa’s Village. Need more info? Find them on Facebook or visit Winter Wonderland at Sportsman’s Lake Park in Cullman offers a drivethrough of the lights and holiday display. They are also offering a 100% chance of snow! With a snow machine, train ride,horse and carriage rides, even a sleigh ride, there’s something for everyone. Visit for more information. Zoolight Safari consists of 18 magical nights at the Birmingham Zoo. Be amazed by over one million lights, listen to holiday music and delight in festive snowfalls every night! Enjoy the Candy Cane Ride, go for a spin on the Jingle Bell Carousel, and experience the thrill of the over 100 foot

Yuletide Slide, and so much more. Delight in the beauty of a decorated tree reaching nearly 30 feet tall in Trails of Africa. New this year – meet and greets and photos with the Singing Santa! Details at Be sure to visit websites or call venues to confirm hours of operation and ticket prices before you go. Wishing you and yours the most joyous Christmas season! Peace and blessings in the New Year! — Tami Brooks Tami Brooks is the owner of Brooks Consulting Services, LLC and publisher of The Field TripField Guide. She completed a 52 week, 52 hike project in 2016 and writes the blog Tami’s Trippin. When she’s not busy with work, you can find her on the trail, in the kayak, or on the deck planning her next adventure. Visit to read more and be sure to sign up for post notifications and newsletter while you’re there. You can also follow Tami’s Trippin’ on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.

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The Christmas season is in full swing in downtown Gadsden! Stroll the sidewalks and view the wonderful decorations in the shops and boutiques while you start or finish your Christmas shopping! And don’t miss the great events happening downtown this month: December 1 – First Friday winds up for 2017 with a SPECTACULAR tree lighting on the lawn of City Hall! Santa will light the tree at 5:30 and at 6:00, you can enjoy the boat parade that will be floating down the Coosa River. Dress as your favorite Christmas character for a chance to win a $100 Downtown Gadsden gift certificate thanks to King’s Olive Oil! Enjoy great shopping and dining in our downtown restaurants to top the evening off! December 2 – The Christmas Parade sponsored by the Gadsden Kiwanis Club at 10:30am. December 9 – Snacks with Santa at the Mary G. Hardin Center for Cultural Arts from 10:00 – Noon. Parents, bring your cameras to capture the Christmas experience! Don’t miss the Festival of Trees and the exhibit, “Let It Snow” at the Mary G. Hardin Center for Cultural Arts this month! It’s fun for kids (and adults too)! Explore downtown Gadsden this Christmas season! It’s a great place to be!


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HOLY Places Don’t you know the greatest gift this family could ask for would be for sight for this beloved child, but God may have something greater in store?

And What DO You Want For Christmas? Desires change with time. Children squeal with glee when they find that longdesired toy under the Christmas tree. Young marrieds give a sigh of relief when they receive some badly needed cash or a necessity they can’t afford. With age, people find their joy vicariously by being the giver and/or watching family members celebrating the gifts they get. Most often, a person’s situation affects his/her priorities and desires. I thought about this as I read a friend’s post this morning. You must understand, Becca was taken in by Justin and his wife Mina as a foster child when she was a baby. As they did with several others they have fostered, they adopted her. At the proceedings, the judge asked if they fully understood what they were getting in that little bundle. “She’s blind, has other diseases at work, and will never be more than a blob.” This was what God wanted them to do, so in faith and understanding they adopted Becca anyway. She is now a bundle of miracles - the sparkling delight of the family and church family. She has developed into a little girl who spreads joy to all. Here is her dad’s post: This morning while taking Becca to the bus (she rides the bus to Talladega School for the Blind) she talked and asked questions the entire way. I love that time we have together, but when we got there and got stopped I let her get up in the front seat with me. Most mornings we play with the radio and the windows, we “order milk shakes and happy meals from McDonald’s.” But this morning she sat still beside me like she had been waiting to ask this question that would break me the next couple of days. She asked, “Daddy, why did God make me blind?” I quickly replied, “Because you can bring Glory to God just the way He made you.” She said “Well I know that,” and laughed like she was just checking me. We see disabilities, but God uses the able and willing. Becca is really only hindered when we tell her no, and she will fight us until we make clear our decision. Whatever is ailing you today, Give it over to God and see what you get. “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.” Colossians 1:15-16NKJV

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As Christmas nears, may we remember God is better than Santa in fulfilling our deepest wants and needs, whatever they might be. Perhaps we can serve as God’s hands and feet as we pray for people with difficult situations and give time and money to help out wherever we can. “Be Generous and Do Good Let him who is taught the word share in all good things with him who teaches. Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.” Galatians 6:6-10 I recently asked for readers to give me some ways they celebrate Christmas other than the traditional gift-giving: giving to missions, helping a needy family with medical bills, groceries, and utilities, giving goats and chickens to deprived nations through Samaritan’s Purse. These are just a few. So, what do you want to give at Christmas? What do YOU want for Christmas? May we keep our priorities in line with what Christ would want. — Barbara Eubanks Thank you Readers, for your continued support this year, for your inviting me to speak for your events, and for helping me have a fantastic launch for my latest novel, A New Beginning: God’s Second Chances. Email at or call 256-572-3932 to buy a book or to schedule Barbara Eubanks of a speaking event.

EVENTS Dec.1, 2017, 1 – 4 PM Book signing Alabama Teachers’ Credit Union, 1008 Portwood Drive Albertville, AL 35951 Dec.1, 2017, 5 – 7 PM After Parade Party/ Signing Boaz Public Library, 404 Thomas Ave, Boaz, AL 35957 Dec. 5, 2017, 12 noon Speaking/Signing First Baptist Church Red Bay Senior Adult Luncheon, 602 4th St NE, Red Bay, AL 35582 Dec. 5, 2017, 6:30 PM Speaking/Signing Emmaus Walk Christmas Party First United Methodist Church Red Bay 509 4th Ave SW, Red Bay, AL 35582 Dec. 7, 2017, 6:30 PM Private Book Launch Party Boaz Public Library, 404 Thomas Ave, Boaz, AL 35957 Dec. 8, 2017, 6:30 Assembly of God Ministers’/Spouses’ Retreat Bethel AG Church, Hadley St., Monroe, LA Dec. 22, 2017, 1 – 3 PM Whosoever Press Author of the Month Signing, Whosoever Press Office HWY 168 (in Health Food Store just past Y-Mart) Jan. 13, 2018, 10 A.M. Liberty United Methodist Ladies’ Meeting/Luncheon 1188 – 1192 Co. Hwy. 65, Hokes Bluff, Al

An Encouraging Word Chosen My mama is an artist. She can draw anything, and although she never tried to make a living from her talent, she enriched my life by using it to create hours of fun for her little girl. For example, I loved paper-dolls, and when we could not buy new ones, she would make them. She even used stray pieces of cardboard to create miniature furniture for them. Maybe that is why I have always loved making things, too. For example, since the birth of our first grandchild last spring, I have begun crocheting. Actually, I have gone nuts over it! It would be sentimental to say I learned it from my mama or one of my grandmothers, but to tell the truth, I learned from watching online videos! Part of the fun after deciding on a project is choosing just the right yarn—and there are so many types: different fibers (cotton, wool, synthetic), different weights and sizes (bulky, chunky, etc.), and of course, a myriad of solid and variegated color combinations. My family has been the recipient of my efforts, and it even sparked a discussion about the possibility of raising a couple of sheep (to make our own yarn, no less). This was quickly determined not to be feasible for a multitude of reasons, not the least of which is how timeconsuming it must be to care for the fluffy animals. We decided to leave that for the experts.

healing, forgiveness, hope, a purpose. What we may consider “the common man”—not usually thought to be particularly powerful—God often uses to exhibit His strength. God chose humble shepherds to receive and spread the first announcement of the birth of His Son—“that great Shepherd of the sheep,” (Heb.13:20). And He chooses us in spite of our weaknesses, our faithlessness, all of our messes, and in the midst of all the things that torment us, and He says, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness,” (II Cor. 12:9). I praise God for that promise because I know I am weak in body and mind, and more often that I would like to admit, weak in my faith, as well. I thank Him for His love for the lowly, for that is all I am. I thank Him for His mercy, for I need it daily. And I thank Him for the birth of Jesus His Son, my (and I hope your) Savior and Shepherd. “The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.” (Luke 2:20)

— Dr. Nina King Wife, mother of 2 sons, and member of Covenant Fellowship Church

Thinking of this, especially at this time of year reminds me of the first Christmas night and the shepherds who were blessed to hear the announcement of the Messiah. The second chapter of Luke tells how they were watching their sheep in fields just outside of Bethlehem when “an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified,” (v. 8-9). The heavenly messenger told them to not be afraid and then gave them the Good News: “Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger,” (v.11-12). Many more angels joined in, praising God! When the angelic host returned to heaven, the shepherds decided they had to go to Bethlehem and see what happened…and they did (v. 15-16). Throughout scripture, we see God select people for His service. He has often chosen ordinary, unassuming people: a young girl…a carpenter… shepherds…fishermen. Jesus also took those usually looked down upon or thought of as outcasts—lepers, prostitutes, and tax collectors, for example—and, just like He offers all of us—gave them what they needed:

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Music Notes Top 5 Picks For The Season

HGTV’s Chip Gaines Pens Capital Gaines

It’s officially the most wonderful time of the year! With that being said, here are my favorite new releases this Christmas season!

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American Christmas, Alabama – Christmas in Dixie is back! Need I say more? Let It Snow, 98 Degrees – Maybe it’s just the 90s fan girl in me but then again, maybe it’s a phenomenal Christmas album! What Child is This, The First Noel and Silent Night are three of the six religious classics covered by the quartet on this album which has fourteen tracks and it is only $7.99 on iTunes! Sounds like a deal to me!


A Pentatonix Christmas Deluxe, Pentatonix – I love a capella music! This project proves that Pentatonix, their amazing harmonies and arrangements aren’t going anywhere! They even incorporated an arrangement of How Great Thou Art that took my breath away! You must give this album a listen!


A Capella Christmas, Voices of Lee – While I am on the subject of a capella, I will go ahead and tell you about the latest release out of my alma mater, Lee University! Voices of Lee who went viral over the summer with their arrangement of What a Beautiful Name (originally by Hillsong) has followed up with a Christmas project that features that beautiful arrangement as a bonus track. Their arrangement of Do You Hear What I Hear is beautiful!


Christmas, Bryan & Katie Torwalt – Two of my favorite worship leaders released a Christmas EP earlier in the fall and it is just perfect. I feel like worship leaders do not release Christmas albums enough, it seems like one every so often, so I’m thankful the Torwalts put this out there for us this season! What is your favorite new release? Head on over to the Anniston Gadsden Christian Family Facebook page and let us hear from you! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from The Dash Family to yours!

Three years ago, I remodeled my house. I started in the attic and worked my way down through two levels, room by room. I started on Memorial Day and ended around Labor Day. Tackling unfamiliar tasks and watching each room change into something new and fresh was a great adventure. It was hard work and took lots of time, but it was one of the best summers I’ve ever had. Transforming tired houses into welcoming homes is what Chip and Joanna Gaines do, and for them it isn’t just a job. It is a calling, a way of making the world a better place. Capital Gaines (Thomas Nelson/ Hardcover $24.99) is Chip’s story. It is an honest and fun account of mistakes made and blessings received. Interwoven into the remarkable success of the Gaines’ Magnolia enterprises and their “Fixer Upper” television series on HGTV, is Chip Gaines’ deep love for family and a strong faith in God’s leadership. Capital Gaines is about being brave and following God’s leading, even when it’s risky. It’s about finding beauty in places others overlook and being passionate and determined when the going gets tough. Chip believes that businesses and families are gifts from God. We should be good stewards of those gifts by working hard, having faith, and learning as much as we can. Chip urges us to find our calling, then do our best and trust God for the rest. — Darrel Holcombe

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Student Moments Big Miracle, Small Package In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to his own town to register. So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. (Luke 2:1-7) This week, I am at my favorite hiding place. A home tucked away into the south range of the Colorado Rocky Mountains along the edge of the Rio Grande National Forest. My wife and our parents have been riding 4-wheelers, eating good food, sipping hot chocolate next to the fire, and I’ve even worked in a little fly-fishing. for several years, this place has represented an “unplug” for me. The times where my often busy and “loud” life becomes very quiet. Sometimes, “small” is really really nice. This morning, I was thinking about the miracle of Christmas! Most of the time, when we think about a miracle, we typically think about something small becoming big. Christmas is the season where we celebrate the miracle of something (Someone) big becoming small. As I was thinking that this

morning, I opened my laptop and began to read a devotional from my dear friends at YM 360. Check it out: Over the last few years there have been some pretty cool stories of people finding near-priceless treasures in the least likely of places: yard sales. There’s the story of the person who paid a few dollars for the painting that turned out to be worth millions. Then there’s the guy who bought an old baseball card that was discovered to be one of the rarest cards in existence. Can you imagine how cool it must have been to find out how valuable these relatively small purchases were? These stories illustrate a simple truth: the most valuable things can sometimes be found where you least expect it. But these stories don’t hold a candle to the story you just read in Luke 1:2-7. Not even close. You see, this is the ultimate case of something big, something amazing, showing up in the most unforeseen place. Think about it . . . Jesus, the Son of God, the King of Kings, the promised Messiah came as a conquering ruler, displaying His power and might, appearing in a palace in front of throngs of crowds, in one of the leading cities in the world . . . Huh? Ummm . . . not so much. Jesus didn’t come in any of these ways. He came as a baby, vulnerable and small. He came to one of the most obscure cities you could find. And He was born in a glorified barn, surrounded by livestock. Not exactly the way a King comes into this world, huh? But you see, this is exactly how God works. And it’s exactly how God’s Kingdom works. God values the low and the lost, the broken and the beat down. Jesus came not to lead the rich and powerful, but to heal the sick and sorrowful. Jesus’ mission was and is about redemption. It’s a rescue mission. And it had to start where it started, with a little baby, in a little corner of the world. THINK ABOUT THIS...Do you ever feel pressure to be perfect, or good enough for God? How does it feel knowing that God values and loves you as you are? And that He loves you enough to send His son? — Acton Bowen Founder/Visionary Acton Bowen Outreach

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Kids Korner Painted Rocks Bring Ripples of Happiness (A Christmas Craft That’s Loads of Fun)

There’s a rock craze sweeping the country. Have you tried it yet? Painting smooth river rocks and covering them with designs, sayings, animals, logos, cartoons, flowers and more; then hiding the finished rocks for others to find is in high gear. It’s like an Easter egg hunt, but it’s not Easter. Once you start, you don’t want to stop. Around the country, some towns and cities have started Rock Painting Clubs where people of all ages meet and paint together, then they go out in small groups and hide their creations for others to find. This craft is fun and inexpensive and brings joy to those who find the painted rocks. “It’s like receiving a little gift,” some recipients reported. Some parents say, “Painting rocks brings back family time as brothers, sisters and parents gather, share their ideas, and paint together.” It also gives a chance for the older siblings to help the younger ones. Did you know painting rocks goes back thousands of years in history? Ancient people left their stories in pictures painted on rocks and in caves telling us about their culture, traditions, and lifestyle of long ago. Now you can update this practice by painting stones that you have collected (or buy river rocks at a craft store). You will need paint brushes with small tips, acrylic paints and permanent marker pens. Think up some inspirational words to paint on some of the rocks like Love, Smile, Hope, Peace, or U R Special. For Christmas paint a snowman face with a carrot nose and black coal eyes, or a smiling Santa face wearing a red hat, or a Christmas tree with a star on top. Look at the pictures included with this article to see some examples. Be creative and colorful with your designs. After you finish painting and your rock creations are dry, it’s time to hide them. Have fun going outside to “plant” a painted rock in the flower garden at your grandmother’s home, outside your best friend’s front door, or on the porch at a neighbor’s . You can hide one in each family

member’s Christmas stocking. Or wrap them as little party favors and put one at each cousin’s plate on the family Christmas dinner table. Or paint each relative’s name on one side and your Christmas design on the other and use them as festive place cards for the big holiday meal.

Plan a rock painting party with your friends. Bake and decorate Christmas cookies. Then paint rocks with Christmas designs or slogans. Rock Painting Kits: Ollie’s Bargain Center. Rock painting supplies/materials: Walmart, Hobby Lobby and Craft Stores. Google: Rock Painting for sites with free ideas and examples of rock painting. Ex. Pinterest.

Christmas is a special time to be together-- to share gifts, good food, family stories, traditions, and memories. This Christmas make some new memories sharing your painted rocks with those you love. You will see “Ripples of Happiness” as the special rocks are discovered. Merry Christmas to all! — Alice G. Duckett Alice G. Duckett is an author of 3 children’s books, journalist, educator, speaker who presents programs for children and adults at churches, community clubs, libraries, schools and women’s groups. She recently spoke to the Anniston Civitan’s Club. In January she will present programs for the Gen. Cleburne UDC Club and the Parnassus Study Club of Anniston. In February she will speak about her recent travels (India and the Middle East) to the Pacesetter’s Group at Parker Memorial Baptist Church in Anniston. Her contact information is or ph. 256-237-7123 to plan an event.

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Thanksgiving The Regional Leadership Alliance (RLA) gives thanks for Jesus who saved us, for the Holy Spirit who helps us, and for Father God who loves us. We are thankful for our spiritual blessings in Christ which are freely given and which Paul so eloquently described in Ephesians 1:3-10.

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“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love  he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will –  to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding, he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfilment – to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ.”


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Thankfulness honors God. True thankfulness recognizes our total dependence on God and stems from realizing that everything going on in our lives and all we have is the product of God’s sovereign control, infinite wisdom, purposes, grace, and activity (2 Cor. 4:15). Thankfulness is commanded in Scripture. Psalm 100:4 says, “Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.” — Presented by the Regional Leadership Alliance, RLA, a group of pastors and leaders committed to Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, Father God, the Bible, prayer and the unity of Christians. The RLA meets every Tuesday at noon at participating churches for prayer. All Christian pastors and leaders are welcome. Pastor Tommy Marshall, President 256-312-9677.

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Joy seems to have went to the grave, and people are scared of others in a violent way. Can joy ever come back to the surface? Can joy stop people from doing this on purpose? Joy needs to be like the air, EVERYWHERE! Forgiveness seems to have disappeared, and others no longer see it here. Can forgiveness ever reappear? Can forgiveness ever leap over that hill? Forgiveness needs to be like air, EVERYWHERE! Respect needs to be around more, and others are respectful but, others aren’t. Can respect be used more? Can respect bring people together again? Respect needs to be like air, EVERYWHERE! Love needs to make hearts bigger, and love needs to see what happens today. Can love ever be apart of the world? Can love ever be like before? Love needs to be like air, EVERYWHERE!

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Evangelist Scott Dawson on The Reason for the Season... Although I would not admit it publicly, down deep inside I had been lulled into thinking that Christmas revolved around family, festivities, and Jesus’ birth. Oh, I would do all the outward Christian Christmas duties: attend services, give to the red kettle, and if it were really needed I would serve in the nursery. But all of these were a precursor for the food-overloaded, family-focused Christmas. It was an event in Knoxville, Tenn. that messed up my self-absorbed mindset. A church had rented out the Thompson Boling Arena for a Christmas show that would occur three consecutive days with 8 performances. Until then, I had thought that Christmas “Cantatas” included a few carols, some cheesy humor, and of course, a live camel. This group asked me to preach the Gospel at the conclusion of the show and offer an invitation for people to respond. Seriously? Who would respond during a Christmas show? Again, at the risk of being vulnerable, I really had succumbed to the idea of Christmas being commercialized to the point of no return. By the time the weekend was over, 1200 plus people had responded to the invitation. I was forever changed into thinking that Christmas really is the “Most wonderful time of the year” … to share Jesus! Who will you invite? According to Thom Rainer, CEO of Lifeway, Christmas Eve services have by far the most non-churched people in attendance than any church service throughout the year. It makes sense. During Christmas, people want to connect with community. This could be a result of the constant reminder of family and community connected to Christmas. Maybe it is a result of childhood memories of Christmases past, or the barrage of advertising showing groups of people gathering for Christmas celebrations. In any case, I hope every church will not only conduct Christmas Eve services, but will also include a clear presentation of the meaning of Christmas and offer an opportunity for participants to “Call upon the name of the Lord to be saved” (Romans 10:13). Encourage your pastor and staff to make it a central theme of the service and bring non-churched friends and family members to the service. Some Churches offer tickets or reservations due to overwhelming demand for seats. Check early and often to get seats and fill them with people who are searching for “Hope.”

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How can you share Christ outside of the church service? The opportunities are as endless as the list of Hallmark Christmas movies! • Tell THE Story. Offer to share the meaning of Christmas during your office or class party. It isn’t a revival service, but in a sincere way you can share a brief explanation of why we celebrate Christmas and its true meaning. I have been invited to office parties to share the meaning of Christmas and every time I am overwhelmed by the positive response from attendees. Every Christmas my wife’s family gathers around the Christmas tree for the reading of the Christmas story from Luke Chapter 2. It is a reminder that although the kids are ready to rip through the wrapping paper for their store-bought presents, the best gift was given through the birth of Christ (1 John 10:10 … I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.). Take the time to explain to those who gather around your tree the real reason for Christmas. • Celebrate. One of our personal family favorites is the “Birthday Cake” for Jesus. When our children, Hunter and Hope, were young we started our Christmas morning with a birthday party for Jesus. If you think about it, it is HIS birthday! We would sing the song, pray, and then cut a special cake- usually a chocolate fudge pound cake. As they grew older, what was once a teaching lesson became a long-standing tradition! • Give Thanks for THE Gift. If not careful, even Christians will fall prey to the secularization of our Savior’s birth. There is so much to do before “The Big Day” arrives that includes gifts, lights, food and family arriving for visits. In this whirlwind of commotion, you too will begin to wonder why is there all this fuss about one day. It is then we should stop and remember the real reason for the season. In the Christmastime favorite, “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” Linus recites Luke 2 under the spotlight to a silent crowd. At his conclusion, Linus says, “That’s what Christmas is all about.” Before you give one gift to anyone else this Christmas, thank God for giving you the greatest gift, His Son, Jesus.

The message of Christ can be summed up in the three gifts the wise men gave him- gold, frankincense and myrrh. Gold was a gift given to a King. Frankincense is a gumming substance that was used in burning for worship (Exodus 30:34). Myrrh is a substance that was used during preparing for death. Gold was given because He is Scott Dawson has served in ministry for thirty years King of Kings. Frankand has shared the Gospel with a million people over incense was a gift to the the last decade here in the U.S and abroad. He and his wife Tarra and their children Hunter and Hope will Lord. Myrhh was the ancelebrate this Christmas at home in Birmingham, Ala. nointment for burial (as a sacrifice for our sins He bled, died and rose again. (1 Corinthians 15:3). • Be Intentional. You will need to prepare your heart to be ready to take advantage of the opportunities God presents to share His life saving message. Most of the time the opportunities are present, but we don’t take advantage of them because we are not living in expectancy. Be ready. As I Peter 3:15 says “but in your hearts regard Christ the Lord as holy, ready at any time to give a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you.”


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• Pray. Ask the Lord to open doors for you to present the meaning of Christmas and for Him to prepare hearts to listen. As I grow older, I realize that I work like it depends on me, but I pray because I KNOW it depends on Him. Pray for your family. Pray for your friends. Pray for your community. • Don’t Worry. The one thing you do not want to do is to become stressed out because you are trying to share Hope with others. Take a breath. Walking in joy and peace, will be attractive to others. • Remember. On December 26, January 26, and every month in 2018, remember THE Gift we have been given. Like the Christmas tree the day after Christmas- bare and without gifts- a life without Christ is empty. We have an incredible Savior that can save anyone, anytime, anywhere. I encourage you to share the hope of Christ this Christmas and all year long!

— Scott Dawson Scott Dawson is the Staff Evangelist and Chief Development Officer for the Scott Dawson Evangelistic Association, He also developed www. into one of the largest student conferences in America. In addition to serving in ministry, Dawson is running for Governor of Alabama in 2018,

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Senior Scene Seasonal Changes, Holidays & Dementia Fall, winter and the holiday season.…you can step outside, breathe the cool brisk air, see the trees turning and observe how the leaves have blanketed the earth with a beautiful pallet of autumn color. For most people, this is an exhilarating time of year bringing with it cooler temperatures, shorter days and longer nights. For individuals with Dementia and their caregivers, it can also be a challenging and stressful time of year. As the seasons change, so does the time. Daylight Saving Time interferes with our natural rhythm of sleep, more so in the elderly. During the fall time change, when it gets dark much earlier, those with Dementia experience Sundown symptoms more intensely according to the Alzheimer’s Association. Sundowning also referred to as “late day confusion” is a symptom of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. For those with dementia, their confusion, misperception and agitation may worsen late afternoon and evening, when the sun starts to set. There is no specific rationale for sun downing, but it is believed that it is due to a disruption in their circadian rhythms or biological internal clock that helps regulate sleep patterns and core body temperature. These individuals may feel restless, agitated, sad and even unsafe during this time with the onset of darkness. Some might even demonstrate hallucinations, delusions and heightened paranoia. Unfamiliar surroundings and vast changes in their environment also intensifies sun downing symptoms. (, n.d.)

to help relieve their symptoms. Melatonin, a natural hormone, can be tried as well. Dementia patients do not need to sleep frequently throughout the day. They should have a daily routine/schedule that includes exercise, proper hydration, a balanced diet, exposure to light and social interaction. Increased activity during the day and a short midday nap will help keep their sleep cycle on schedule. (, n.d.) This holiday season start new traditions that include the old and familiar, while adjusting to your loved one’s new needs. Keep your holiday plans and activities as stress free as possible for your loved one. Avoiding sensory overload, large unfamiliar crowds and confusing environments is key in reducing unnecessary stress. A few tips for this holiday season would be: avoid the crowds and help your loved one to shop online at home, reminisce with family photos, help them bake their favorite cookies or dish, rent their favorite holiday movies and include the family. (VolicerSundowningandAD20012. pdf, n.d.) Since they are in a familiar safe place with familiar faces, this will help to decrease confusion and agitation. Make new memories with them and remember to hold onto the happy ones of the past. As a caregiver or adult child of a senior parent, try to relax and enjoy the opportunity to be able to share these moments and memories with them and family. This will not only help you adjust and celebrate, but also encourages your loved one to enjoy this special time, and have peace this holiday season. Happy Holiday’s and God Bless from Cherry Creek Village!

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Money Matters Health Care Costs Are Cutting into Retirement Prep This is happening in subtle and not-so-subtle ways.

You may have seen this statistic before or one resembling it: the average 65-year-old retiring couple can now expect to pay more than $250,000 in health care expenses during the rest of their lives. In fact, Fidelity Investments now projects this cost at $275,000, up 70% from its initial estimate in 2002. The effort to prepare for these potential expenses is changing the big picture of retirement planning. Individual retirement savings strategies have been altered. How many people retire with a dedicated account or lump sum meant to address future health costs? Very few. Most retirees end up winging it, paying their out-of-pocket costs out of income, Social Security benefits, and savings. The older retirees are, the heavier this financial burden seems to be. According to a study from the Employee Benefit Research Institute, people aged 85 and older devote an average of 19% of their household expenses to health care, compared to 11% of household costs for those 65-74. People are starting to wonder if they should assign specific retirement assets to health care. The average man retiring today at 66 is projected to receive $280,000 in Social Security benefits over the balance of his lifetime. That would cover the $275,000 in projected costs referenced above. Fidelity notes that the average workplace retirement plan balance for someone in their sixties is $123,000. Right now, that would approximately cover one retiree’s projected health care costs. Few people approach retirement with savings large enough to permit these assignments. For the rest of us, the takeaway is to save even more. Some of us may want to consider a Health Savings Account (HSA), which is routinely used in tandem with a highdeductible health plan (HDHP). Contributions to HSAs are tax free, and withdrawals are tax free when used for qualified medical expenses. Money in an HSA may also be invested, and the accounts feature tax-free growth. Current annual HSA contribution limits are $3,400 for individuals (with a $1,000 catch-up contribution allowed for those 55 and older) and $6,750 for families. While households have begun adjusting their retirement expectations in light of projected health care expenses, businesses have also quietly made some changes. Employer matching contributions have been affected. A new study from employee benefits giant Willis Towers Watson says that company matches to retirement plan accounts decreased about 25% between 2001 and 2015 (from 9.1% of worker pay to 6.8% of worker pay). Why? It appears at least some of those dollars were shifted into health care benefits. In the same period, employer allocations to company health care programs more than doubled, rising from 5.7% to 11.5% of employee pay. There is no easy answer for retirees preparing to address future health care costs. Staying active and fit may lead to health care savings over the long run, but some baby boomers and Gen Xers already have physical ailments. Barring some sort of unusual economic phenomenon or public policy shift, the question of how to pay for hundreds of thousands of dollars of medical and drug expenses after 65 will confound many of us. — Kandice Gupta 256.413.9000 or or

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Lastly, here is a good rule of thumb everyone should know: if a food did NOT once have eyeballs, it is a carbohydrate (meat, fish, poultry-also, eggs and oils are not carbohydrate sources). If you are saying, “I don’t eat carbs,” this is what I hear you saying: “I am NOT eating any fruit, vegetables, whole grains, legumes or good monounsaturated fats, such as nuts and avocado...I never eat cardboard carbs nor dine out...EVER... I only eat meat, fish, poultry, eggs and oil, all day, every day!” That is rarely the absolute truth. Bottom line: Eat your quality carbohydrates! They nourish, hydrate and fuel your brain, as well as your muscular and skeletal system! We need quality carbs to thrive optimally! Say it with me, “NOM, NOM, I LOVE CARBS!”

Celebrating Carbohydrates! Let me begin with confessing that I LOVE carbohydrates! I often hear people speak out of context about carbohydrates. The truth is, most people, including nutrition experts, struggle to correctly define the word “carbohydrate.” Let me be clear-carbohydrates are good for us. Most people are double talking and mixing up the information. This is what I call “nutrition misinformation.” Naturally, I love the carbs that have sustenance-found from the earth, nutrient dense, and rich in food medicine. Carbs are found in: vegetables, fruits, dairy sources, nuts, seeds and grains. Alternatively, there are what some may know as “cardboard carbs.” Cardboard carbs usually come in a cardboard box or plastic wrapper with an ingredient list resembling a small novel (check for it on every package!). No doubt, cardboard carbs have less nutrients and reek havoc on our health. Their hidden, added and refined sugars, plus their untellable chemical preservatives that become carcinogenic in our bodies, make up almost 90% of the ingredients. This information can help you discern the difference between a nourishing carbohydrate and a cardboard carb.

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Why carbohydrates are good for us! Your body literally thrives on carbon. I said CARBON, not carbohydrates. Carbon is IN carbohydrates, fats and protein; some more than others. When we eat, we are consuming carbon. When we breathe in (inhale), oxygen (O2) attaches to carbon (C). Remember, carbon enters the body through foods we eat. Eating and breathing create the compound, Carbon Dioxide (CO2). CO2 is what we breathe out (exhale). We burn off energy by breathing. The more oxygen we breathe in, the more carbon chains we break-this is metabolism at its best! The less excess carbon we eat, the less excess carbon chains we need to break. When we are losing weight, we are literally exhaling stored fat out our nose and mouth. Cool, right? This is why smaller portions, quality foods and movement enable optimal weight loss. Foods containing quality nutrients instead of processed ingredients are easier to metabolize. This is because there are less “filler” compounds to break down in a quality food source (buzzword- “clean eating”). Allow me to remind you again, carbon is in ALL macronutrients, carbohydrates, proteins and fats. Why do carbohydrates get such a bad rap? Mainly because people are speaking out of context and spreading misinformation. Another fact: carbohydrates contain carbon AND water. Where there is a carbon (C) in a carbohydrate, there is also water (H2O) attached to it. The idea that carbs cause weight gain isn’t entirely fiction, but it’s not exclusively body fat one might be gaining; it could be water! If you are gaining weight and eating quality carbohydrates like fruit, vegetables, legumes, nuts, seeds and grains, then most likely, it is water weight. However, if one is eating large servings of quality carbs, adding fats to ‘flavor’ them, eating processed foods (in addition) and/or eating out more than twice a week, then one may need to consider lifestyle choices are to blame- not the carbs.

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Healthy Living Your Apple A Day - The Season of Good Health As the Christmas season arrives, I believe the best present is that of good health. That’s why each month I seek to present eye opening news on health that you may not see anywhere else. The nutrient that I want to share the latest news with you is Magnesium (Mg). If that does not sound exciting at first, I guarantee you will change your mind. Magnesium deficiency in America is a reality. USDA reports that 70-80% of us don’t get enough in our diet. Why is this so critical? 60 diseases are now linked to Mg deficiency! FDA does not permit doctors to tell patients that Mg can treat diseases, so let’s be proactive. If you have angina, migraines, high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, muscle cramps or spasms, nerve tingling and burning, the leading expert, Dr. Carolyn Dean, advises to take 600- 1200 mg. daily. No farmers are adding Mg to their fields and our food is deficient. The blood serum magnesium test does not give a true picture of the level of magnesium in your body that can be used, the amount that is in our organs is actually the important factor. All through college, I was told that magnesium was involved in over 300 chemical processes in the body…including litle things like proper heart rhythm, artery relaxation and sugar metabolism. NOW we know that the proper functioning of 700-800 enzyme systems in our bodies depend on magnesium. Deficiency of Mg causes mitochondrial dysfunction. ATP, the energy molecule of the cell has 6 of its 8 steps of production dependant on the presence of Mg. Besides carbohydrate metabolism, Mg is necessary for protein production, the structure integrity of your nucleic acids DNA & RNA depend upon it. Folks, you are not going to hear about Mg as medicine until someone puts up the money to get it tested as a drug, and that likely will never happen.

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Excess calcium can deplete magnesium because the body will rob stores of Mg in an attempt to utilize calcium. Calcium needs magnesium to be properly utilized instead of turning into a kidney stone or arterial plaque. I would like to thank Orthomolecular News for the information in this article. I would also like to thank Dr. Carolyn Dean, MD, ND for her work as the leading authority on magnesium. Nutrition is truly a remarkable science. We at Apple A Day hope your family is blessed this Christmas! Let us wish you a healthy new year! God bless you all! — Jim Smith Jim and Vicki Smith own and manage the Apple A Day Health World in Gadsden. Jim Smith is a Nutritional Consultant and Traditionally Trained Herbalist with Tommie Bass. He has studied nutrition since 1976. *These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA

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Healthy Living 5 Exercises You Should Be Doing but You’re Not

Our expert shares moves to key areas that you are overlooking. SINGLE LEGGED SQUATS 1-3 sets, 2-3 times per week Begin by standing with your feet together and your hands at your side. Keep your chin parallel to the floor and brace your core. Raise your right foot off the floor, then slowly descend your hips to the floor as low as possible. Return to the original position, then repeat. Perform as many as possible in 30 seconds, then switch to the opposite leg. What muscle group it works: Hips and legs Why you should be doing it: Performing single leg squats lowers the risk of injury caused by asymmetrical hips. By working each leg separately, you ensure that you build muscle evenly and efficiently rather than letting the stronger side of your body dominate, which can happen when performing traditional squats. DEAD BUGS 1-3 sets, 2-3 times per week Lie flat on your back on the floor. Extend your arms up in front of your body, while raising your legs and bending at the knees until they form a 90-degree angle. Brace your core, then extend your right arm back beyond your head while extending your left leg. Keep your left heel off of the floor. Return to the original position. Do as many as you can in a 30-second period, then switch to the opposite arm and leg. Dead Bugs also improve shoulder and hip mobility and range of motion. They also strengthen both important joints, reducing the potential for injury. What muscle group it works: Shoulders, abdominals and hips Why you should be doing it: Dead bugs reduce the potential for injury in your shoulders and hips. Dead bugs are a low impact workout, which is ideal for people with lower back pain, and a great way to strengthen your entire core. I-RAISES 1-3 sets, 2-3 times per week Stand with your feet hip-width apart. Bend slightly forward at the hips. Extend your arms in front of your body as if you were hitting a golf ball. Brace your core and contract your shoulder blades together. At the same time, raise your arms slowly overhead as far as possible. Return to starting position and repeat for 30 seconds. What muscle group it works: Rhomboids (upper-back muscles) and shoulders.

Why you should be doing it: Wall Press- offs improve posture and range of motion in the shoulder joints. These outcomes have many benefits, including an ability to work out for longer with heavier weights, limiting spine stress, and a decrease in abnormal joint wear. FARMER’S CARRY 5-7 full reps, 2-3 times per week Grab a dumbbell (start with 10 pounds, then increase) in your right hand. Walk 25 paces. Turn around while switching the dumbbell to your other hand and walk back to the starting position. Make sure to keep your chin parallel to the ground. Walk slowly with your normal stride, and don’t rush. “This move improves balance, symmetry and coordination in the hips and throughout the entire core region,” Cardiello says. The Farmer’s Carry helps you keep your body aligned correctly during your daily life and when you’re lifting heavier weights. What muscle group it works: Core Why you should be doing it: The Farmer’s Carry improves body symmetry, an essential factor in limiting injuries. Strengthening both sides of the body separately builds muscle evenly, tightening your core and keeping your spine aligned correctly. — Gold’s Gym

Why you should be doing it: It strengthens the shoulder joint at every angle. This helps increase range of motion in your arms and shoulders, which in turn limits the potential for injury. Improved range of motion in major joints is a frequently overlooked factor to successful workouts. WALL PRESS-OFFS 1-3 sets, 2-3 times per week Stand with your feet hip-width apart with your back against the wall. Rest your elbows against the wall at shoulder height with your elbows bent at 90 degrees and your hands extended in front of your body. While keeping your upper back against wall, walk your feet forward until they are 6-8 inches from the wall. Brace your core while pressing your elbows into wall as you move your upper back away from wall. Your elbows should never leave the wall. Press until you are as far away from the wall as possible. Then, slowly return your upper back to the wall. Repeat for 30 seconds. What muscle group it works: Shoulders and upper back

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Holiday Foot Pain Tis the season to put your feet through a ritual of mall walking, Christmas shopping, family visiting, and decorating. It is also the time of year to eat more and worry less about weight gain from the holiday treats. The foot and leg pain come from a variety of factors including wearing inappropriate shoes while walking or standing for long periods. Those high heels may look good with the outfit, but they can cause a lot of pain and swelling by the end of the day. Some things to do to make the holidays more cheery include:


Wear good supportive shoes when you have to do a lot of walking or standing. You can always change shoes to a more fashionable pair once you get to your gathering.

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Take more breaks during your activity to rest your feet and legs.



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Roll your arch over a frozen bottle of water at the end of the day to reduce inflammation. Perform stretches during the day for your legs and feet to reduce fatigue and injury.

Plan your activities such as decorating. This includes proper safety with ladders and wearing good shoes to reduce injury.

Once the holidays are over and the new years exercise resolutions. Plan your workouts to include a safe routine geared for your level of fitness. You can gradually increase your workout schedule and activity over time to reach your goals safely and without injury. Happy Holidays! — Dr. John Padula DPM Alabama Family Foot Clinic

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GRMC Recognized With Award The American College of Cardiology has recognized Gadsden Regional Medical Center for its demonstrated expertise and commitment in treating patients with chest pain. “Today we know that standardizing best practices related to cardiac care saves lives. Our focus and desire to seek this award is exactly for that reason, to impact our community by improving cardiac care,” Martha Seahorn, CNO, said. “This award demonstrates that GRMC is excelling in providing outstanding cardiac care to our patients through evidenced based best practice and community education and awareness.” Seahorn added that this award validates that not only is the staff doing the right things related to cardiac intervention and care but they have demonstrated success in positive patient outcomes. Gadsden Regional Medical Center was awarded Chest Pain Center Accreditation with Primary PCI in August based on rigorous onsite evaluation of the staff’s ability to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack. Hospitals receiving Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI. Accreditation from the ACC must take part in a multi-faceted clinical process that involves: completing a gap analysis; examining variances of care, developing an action plan; a rigorous onsite review; and monitoring for sustained success.

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Healthy Living Managing Mental Health Part 6 of 6

Through prayer, communication with loved ones, exercise, and organization I discovered successful ways to manage my mental health and so can you. There is no time like the present to face the obstacles that lie in front of you, or unload the burdens that tend to way you down. Depression and grief will hold many of us back from truly enjoying the magic of this season, but I encourage you to not allow the past, or your previous seasons with depression to rob you of the hope and joy you deserve. Here are a few tips for managing your health during the Christmas season:


There is a great deal of commonality between depression and struggling with your weight. The two struggles seem to build off one another. Willpower will be your key to avoiding curbing your feelings this month with food. Willpower is something you should ask God for daily in your prayers and concentrate on the true meaning of the word. God gives us free will. We each have the will to do what we want to do or not to do, and exercising that personal will is pure power over our circumstances. When you feel weak and tempted to self-medicate with food, alcohol or other harmful things, flex the willpower muscle inside you. Don’t stress yourself out about money or overcompensate for loss with material possessions. For many Christians, Christmas has a strong spiritual meaning, far above an earthly one; so focus on the spiritual growth you experience at Christmas and can share with others versus the pressure of overgifting. Stay physically active. The natural chemicals in the brain your body produces during exercise lifts your mood, rids the body of toxins, and motivates most people to have a more positive outlook on life. Going out of your way to stay physically active demonstrates the genuine love and appreciation for self, because exercise is one of the best ways we can take care of our body as a true temple of God.

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May your 2017 end with beauty, love, and prosperity all around you. Together in 2018 we will continue to strive to remove the negative stigma attached to those who seek a better quality of life and raise awareness of the suffering mental health diseases so cruelly cause. Love to you all… — Rob Goodwin Author Rob Goodwin’s “Porch Swings and Prayer” and “One In Every Family” are both available in eBook from Amazon.

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GSCC Singers Annual Christmas Tour The Gadsden State Community College Singers and A Cappella Choir will be singing at many community events and churches during its 2017 Christmas Tour. The singers will kick-off the tour at 6 p.m. Nov. 26 at College Heights Baptist Church. They are under the direction of J.T. Harrell. Other performance dates are: Dec. 1 – Noon at Gadsden’s First Friday Ladies Forum Dec. 3 – 5 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Glencoe Dec. 5 – 6 p.m. at the Regency Pointe Tree Lighting Dec. 7 – 11 a.m. at Gadsden Greeters Dec. 8 – 6 p.m. at the Community Christmas Concert at the Walnut Gallery Dec. 11 – 5 p.m. at the Calhoun County Toys for Tots Drive at the McClellan Senior Living Center Dec. 13 – Noon at Gadsden Civitan Club meeting at Gadsden State’s Cafeteria Dec. 14 – Noon at the Gadsden Rotary Club at the Gadsden Country Club Dec. 14 – 2 p.m. at Southside Baptist Senior Adult Christmas Party Dec. 19 – 2 p.m. Caroling at Regency Pointe Dec. 19 --6 p.m. at Gadsden State’s Fall Commencement at Wallace Hall The group consists of 26 students who study voice in addition to their various collegiate majors. The singers include: Ann Baker, Evan Bone, Nolan Boatner, Morgan Ewing, Mary Gonzalez, Bethany Gunter, Stephen Gunter, Kathryn Kelley, Anna Lett, Hannah Swann, J.T. Thomas, Dakota Patty, Drew Rhea (Gadsden); Jacob Callahan (Saks); Kaylynn Chambers (Albertville); Tommie Goggins IV, Kenyetta Haley (Rainbow City); Dakota Hayes (Gallant); Jaden Vaughn (Ashville); Brooklin Vice, Madelyn Wright (Oxford); Daniele White, Adrian Willis, Kerri Wright (Anniston); Kadi Williams (Hokes Bluff) and Alex Wilson (Weaver). The group has an open date available Dec. 10 for the Christmas Tour. To schedule the GSCC singers for that date or for more information please contact J.T. Harrell at 256-549-8391 or

GSCC Crowns Homecoming King & Queen Madalyn Oliver and Aaron Mackey were crowned Gadsden State Community College’s Homecoming King and Queen during festivities Nov. 13 at the Beck Field House. Oliver is a native of Sand Rock and is the daughter of Greg and Sabrina Oliver. She is a general studies major at Gadsden State and plans to transfer to a four-year university to pursue a nursing degree. At the College, Oliver is a peer tutor and a member of the Science, Math and Engineering Club and the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society. She represented Gadsden State Cherokee on the Homecoming Court. Mackey lives in Centre and is the son of John Mackey and Tonya Keener. He also represented Gadsden State Cherokee, where he is majoring in poultry science and hopes to one day work for the USDA. Favorites were selected from five of Gadsden State’s campuses to make up the Homecoming Court: Ayers Campus – Maci Baker of Weaver and Steven Caleb Johnson of Ashville East Broad Street Campus – Christian Baxter of Talladega and Jared Rhea Blackwell of Black Creek Valley Street Campus – Kelsey Freeman of Attalla and Charles Hanne of Enterprise Wallace Drive Campus – Zoe Langford of Decatur and Anthony Wayne Morgan of Gelnhausen, Hesse, Germany.

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Holiday Tour of Homes


or more than 50 years the Woman’s Club of Gadsden has hosted a tour of delightfully decorated homes including the historic club house and recently including the Gadsden Museum of Art. The event is scheduled for Sunday, December 3 and the location for the homes will be Silver Lakes. Four beautiful homes including the Robert Trent Jones Silver Lakes Golf Course Clubhouse will welcome participants with each venue delighting guests with a unique and heart warming view of Christmas at Silver Lakes. Tickets are $15 at the door or $10 if you purchase your ticket prior to the event. Advance tickets may be purchased through any Woman’s Club member or by contacting Martha Elrod, Holiday Tour of Homes chair, at 256-442-7405. They are also available at The Floyd Law Firm and all locations of Johnson’s Giant Foods. Proceeds benefit the Woman’s Club scholarship fund and preservation of the historic clubhouse on Chestnut Street. Participants may begin the tour, which lasts from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., at any of the locations included in the tour. Directions to each location are printed on the ticket. Light refreshments will be provided at the Woman’s Club and the Gadsden Museum of Art. Participants touring the homes are asked to wear flat shoes, as no heels will be allowed in the homes.

THE WOMAN’S CLUB HISTORIC HOUSE The clubhouse built in 1905, is listed on the Alabama Historical Register and National Register of Historic Places, and features many period pieces. The clubhouse is available year round for event rental. Guests will enjoy seeing each room decorated with a different holiday musical theme. Members have skillfully decorated each room to bring to mind a specific song that will have you humming or joyfully singing a few notes.


THE BROCK HOME (17 SILVER LAKES BLVD.) Clay Brock, Raymond James investment management consultant/financial planner, purchased this home in 2015. The 3,000 square foot traditional home was built in 1994 and was one of the first homes built in the Silver Lakes area. When you enter the home you will be welcomed with music emanating from an antique Hammond A 100 organ, a gift from his great uncle, the late Major Herschel B. Smith. Above the organ is an outstanding portrait of President John F. Kennedy painted by his grandmother, the late Ruth S. Brock. In the dining room antique maps adorn the wall with one unique relief school map dating back to 1895. The massive fireplace is a focal point in the living area, surrounded by a comfortable seating area. In the master bath and bedroom a beautiful tree sits across from a corner fireplace visible in the bedroom and bathroom, making both rooms cozy and warm. Brock remarked that this feature was one of his favorites in the home.

The Gadsden Museum of Art is located at 515 Broad Street and features unique exhibits throughout the year from local and famous artists. This holiday season the museum is featuring a look at the past. The Woman’s Club is pleased to continue the partnership with the museum and anticipates future projects.

The kitchen opens to an expansive back deck built for parties and relaxation. The Brock home is filled with unique pieces of furniture that fits well with contemporary industrial charm.


THE HUFF HOME (2 Eagles Fair)

Surrounded by the Appalachian foothills and Lee’s Lake, Silver Lakes welcomes visitors from all over the world to the 36 holes championship Robert Trent Jones Golf Course. The uniqueness of the area makes it one of the most challenging and scenic courses on the trail. The 500 acre planned residential community has 650 lots specifically designed for large, mid side, and garden homes. Today more than 60 homes have been built since it opened in 1993. The Silver Lakes Homeowners Association includes four unique areas: the Estates, Wedgewood Trace, Eagles Pass, and Silver Lakes Boulevard. The very active association celebrates the special season and welcomes visitors with decorations throughout the entire subdivision. The tour will include three homes located on the boulevard, one in Eagles Pass and the Silver Lakes Clubhouse.

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Reginald Huff, Gadsden City High School assistant principal and basketball coach, and his wife Frankie purchased their home in April and have quickly made this house into a home that reflects their interests and personality. In addition to his duties as principal and coach, Reginald is also the pastor of Bride of Christ Church in Attalla. Frankie lovingly shares her time with caring for her grand niece, Haven, whose presence is obvious, especially in the unique girl cave adjacent to the kitchen. When asked what makes this home special, Frankie noted, “We live in every room.” The three bedroom home welcomes you to a grand foyer complete with baby grand piano. The open concept allows the Huffs to view the entire entertaining area from the kitchen which opens to the favorite room of theirs, the sunroom. From the kitchen and sunroom you are able to see the zen garden. Complete with large screen televisions, the three bedroom house is a perfect place to entertain their

large family and friends. As visitors arrive they will be treated to holiday music by Reginald and perhaps Frankie, daughter of musician and singer Willie Hightower, could be singing and sharing a few of her dance moves. Visitors can feel the energy emanating from this home the moment they enter.

Ashley’s decorating talent is obvious the moment you enter the house. She has taken the two story colonial and transformed every room to reflect her loving personality and charm. All three bedrooms are styled to compliment their interests. The welcoming kitchen has expansive windows that capture the scenic views of the golf course and beyond.

THE BRUNSON HOME (36 SILVER LAKES BLVD. E) Norma and Mike Brunson purchased their home in 2009. Norma is a retired X-ray technician. She was employed at Gadsden Regional Medical Center for many years, where she spent her time assisting in the emergency room. Mike retired from Goodyear and is an avid hunter. Their home displays many of his trophies from successful hunts in Africa.

Ashley’s parents and grand parents live on Oak Grove Road and as a child she enjoyed visiting Lee’s Lake. When the home was built in 1995 she watched the construction and hoped to make this her special home one day. The Fairly home was one of the homes that received extensive damage during the 2011 tornado, which altered the landscape and affected many at Silver Lakes. Since then she and Griff have added charm and a cozy atmosphere to make those who enter feel welcome.

This ranch style home was built by Jim Green and was one of the original homes in Silver Lakes. When you enter the home it is obvious that both Mike and Norma love the sporting life.


Guests enter a foyer flanked by collectable golf balls and may view the scenic golf course from almost every room. Norma learned to play golf when they purchased their home and has taken advantage of the opportunity to exercise and stay healthy by playing the game often. The game room to the left provides a relaxing space and access to the sun porch. Their massive bedroom and master bath is guarded also by one of Mike’s prized trophies. They are also dedicated Auburn fans which is evident in their welcoming kitchen. The Brunson’s will be showcasing a hand painted ceramic Santa collection as well as many art print collectibles by John Sandridge and other artists.

THE FAIRLEY HOME (40 SILVER LAKES BLVD. E) Ashley and Griff Fairly purchased this home in 2005 and immediately filled the home with love and talent. Griff is a medical supply representative and though he travels some due to his profession, he makes his office at home. Ashley is mother to four active children that range from college age to elementary. Cole (20 years), Garrett (17 years), Nolan (12 years), and Mia (8 years) keep Ashley busy as each child is uniquely involved with sports, golf, and gymnastics.

Jason Callan, director of golf, welcomes you to visit the clubhouse and pro shop during the tour. The clubhouse at Silver Lakes has been a popular venue for weddings, parties, formals, corporate meetings and private gatherings for many years. The massive Christmas tree and professionally decorated clubhouse puts visitors in a holiday mood from the moment they enter. The golf course, easily visible from many angles, is the perfect backdrop for setting the holiday scene. The 36 hole championship course has welcomed visitors from throughout the world since 1993. Many golfers have called Silver Lakes one of the favorite on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail. The Trail, absolutely Alabama, totaled almost twelve million rounds of golf in the first twenty five years of the Trail’s existence. Currently the Trail includes 26 courses, 468 holes, and 11 different sites, all open to the public. Visitors from all parts of the world come to enjoy great golf and Southern hospitality which was a vision of Dr. David Bronner, chief executive officer of the Retirement Systems of Alabama, that came to fruition and has proven to be a huge success. Mike Findley, director of food services, said, “We have an average of twenty weddings each year.” The versatility of Silver Lakes allows for events to be tailored to specific needs. Many events are booked annually. Traditionally you may dine for lunch with some set menu items and daily features and on various special occasions, such as Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, a brunch with many delicious options is available. Martha Elrod, tour director, said, “This is the first time any homes from Silver Lakes have been on the tour and we are delighted to offer our patrons a tour with one specific locale. Visitors are sure to enjoy this year’s event and no doubt will delight in the unique contrasts of each homeowner participating.” Many thanks to the participating homeowners and sponsors making this event possible. The Woman’s Club is proud to have the 2017 participating sponsors: Amber’s Interiors; Baker Tire, LLC; Dowdy’s Office Equipment; FLD Landscaping & Garden Shop; Floyd Law Firm; H M Freeman Motors; G & G Inventory; The Gadsden Times; Holiday Inn Express, Gadsden; Brian Holland Corporate Real Estate Sales and Appraisal; Impact CPA, LLC; Just Brows’n, Dawn Gregerson; K & K Financial Services; Narmco; Donna Quinn Photography; Regions Bank; Somewhere in Time Antiques; Temple Electric.

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Don't Let Stress Dull The Holiday Sparkle

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For many, the pressure of the holiday season can be enough to wear away the glitter and magic. Some 62 percent of American adults define their stress as "very or somewhat" elevated over the holidays, says research cited by Harvard Medical School's Department of Neurobiology. But that old chestnut doesn't have to be true for you. When you plan and keep your expectations reasonable, the season can unfold at an even and enjoyable pace, making room for new, happy memories. That's doubly true when you're entertaining. When you're well-prepared, your event can create holiday cheer and goodwill and even strengthen bonds between friends and family. Consider how these entertaining tips can help you stage a minimal-stress, maximum-impact event at which your guests can relax this holiday season. Make your list, check it twice. Assign tasks to different days leading up to the event so you can stay on task, factoring in time you'll need for other holiday happenings. Enlist elves. It's likely unrealistic to expect yourself to single-handedly master all the cooking, cleaning and mingling your event will involve. In the spirit of the season, consider hiring younger family members to help with the more grueling tasks - then paying them with Christmas shopping money. Bring on (then freeze) the figgy pudding. Let's face it, many dishes taste just as good or better when prepared ahead of time and frozen or simply kept in the fridge until they're ready to serve. Save the last hours leading to your event for recipes that will taste much better freshly made and/or hot out of the oven.

Deck the halls simply. Fresh, sweet-smelling pine boughs tied with red ribbon can be tucked into containers throughout your home, while inexpensive or vintage colored glass bulbs look festive when wound with strings of white twinkle lights and placed in translucent bowls. Tidy the workshop. Assign one room to be the catch-all when company is coming, then keep that door closed while entertaining. Sort it out at your own pace after the holidays. Rudolph as remedy. Weariness and/or a bad mood can be hard to sustain when you're playing festive, upbeat holiday music people have been singing along to since they were kids. The holidays are typically filled with joy and some stress. But when you make a conscious attempt to reduce the busywork, you're more apt to feel warm and happy about the memories you've created. —Brandpoint

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Chocolate Chess Pie If you make no other pie from this book, make this one. This incredible pie was another one of Grandmama’s handwritten treasures. The paper was worn and stained, which is always a good sign. This intense chocolate pie forms a wondrous thin chocolate crust on top with a fudgy filling. My friend Jyl likes to peel the top off and eat that first! I love that it uses cocoa powder. You’ll notice that most of my chocolate recipes use that because it’s budget-friendly and my ancestors usually had that on hand, as I do. I also prefer the no-fuss method of stirring cocoa powder into a recipe rather than melting baking chocolate. Serves 8

Chocolate Chess Pie Ingredients 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, melted 3  1/2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder 2 large eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/2 cup evaporated milk One 9-inch pie crust, unbaked Confectioners’ sugar, for garnish (optional)

Directions Preheat the oven to 350˚F. Combine the sugar, butter, cocoa powder, eggs, vanilla, and evaporated milk in a large mixing bowl and beat with an electric mixer at medium speed until well combined, 1 to 2 minutes. Pour the mixture into the pie crust and bake until set in the center, 35 to 40 minutes. Allow to cool completely. Dust with confectioners’ sugar before serving, if desired. It is excellent served warm from the oven or chilled. Chocolate Chess Pie will keep, covered in the refrigerator, for up to 1 week.

Christy Jordan is the publisher of, a contributing editor to Taste of the South magazine, former editor-at-large at Southern Living, and a judge on the Game Show Network’s Beat the Chefs. She’s appeared on TODAY, The Talk, Paula Deen, QVC, and a host of other media outlets. She lives with her family in Huntsville, Alabama.

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DECEMBER CALENDAR December 1-January 6 Christmas at the Falls @ Noccalula Falls Park- 5-9pm - ***Closed Christmas Eve & Christmas Day***Come visit Christmas at the Falls located at beautiful Noccalula Falls Park in Gadsden, Alabama. Enjoy riding the train or stroll through the park and experience the lights and sounds of the season. During your stroll enjoy over a million lights, the Christmas Story, photos with Santa, cookies decorating, sip hot chocolate and visit the petting zoo. Don’t leave without dropping your letter to Santa’s in his special mailbox found in the Old Post Office. Christmas at the Falls will open Thanksgiving Night, November 23 and run through January 6, 2017. Tickets pre-sale beginning at 4:00PM each afternoon and gates open at 5:00PM until 10:00PM. Entry price is $6.00 for all ages 4 and up (3 and under are free). December 1 – January 31 Let It Snow @ Imagination Place Children’s Museum- Downtown Gadsden. 256.543.2787. Closed December 25. Experience an indoor winter wonderland. Come play in the snow (a non-toxic polymer) – sure to bring out the kid in everyone! December 1 – December 31 Festival of Trees XXVII- Over 30 Christmas trees decorated by local school children. Using recycled materials and handmade ornaments, each tree celebrates a different National Park or National Monument. Mary G. Hardin Center for the Cultural Arts. 256.543.2787. December 1 Christmas Tree Lighting @ Downtown Gadsden – 4:30 -7:00pm. Christmas Tree Lighting:  5:30pm. Boat parade:  6:00pm. There will be entertainment provided by Tuba Christmas, food vendors, shaved ice, inflatables, snow and more for the children. There will be bleachers set up toward the river for the boat parade. Santa will be there for photos and he will flip the switch for the lighting of the tree. December 1 Coosa Christmas Boat Parade! @ Riverwalk Park at Coosa Landing – 6pm.Join us on the river for the Coosa Christmas Boat Parade on the First Friday in December following Downtown Gadsden’s Christmas Tree Lighting! The boats will assemble at Ray Family Park and cruise upstream through downtown Gadsden and return. Good viewing spots are the Ray Family Park, The Coosa Boardwalk across from Moragne Park on Hwy 411, the City Hall grounds where the Christmas Tree lighting will be and Coosa Landing and the new Riverwalk Park. December 7 Attalla Christmas Parade @ Historic Downtown Attalla- 6-8pm. Come to historic downtown Attalla for the 2017 Christmas Parade! Enjoy some hot chocolate, take pictures with Santa, sing Christmas carols, and watch the parade! December 7 The EYO Winter Strings Concert – Rainbow Presbyterian Church@ 7pm. Featuring the Etowah String Philharmonic and the June Moore Bugg Prelude Strings. The EYO String Quartet will also make a special guest appearance on this performance, which is a part of the Howard Core Company Concert Series. Program selections include classical and popular favorites, plus familiar holiday selections. Tickets are $5, and will be available at the door beginning 30 minutes prior to the performance. December 9 Mutts and Butts @ Noccalula Falls Park- 9-11am. HSPRAC and the Gadsden YMCA invite you to join us for MUTTS & BUTTS Saturday, October 14th! This month’s location is Noccalula Falls, leaving from the chapel. Bring your mutt pack (on a leash). This two hour family-friendly hike is great fun for everyone and we always have a great time! Bottled water and waste bags for the pooches will be provided! Mutts & Butts recurs on the second Saturday of each month. The hike locations will change monthly to highlight our local attractions. December 31 Countdown to Noon @ Imagination Place- 11am – 12pm. Countdown to Noon with Imagination Place! Bring your children to Imagination Place on New Year’s Eve for an early children’s 2018 celebration beginning at 11 am. There will be festive New Year’s crafts and refreshments while they countdown to a balloon drop at noon! This event is free with regular admission and free for members.


Sarah’s Angel

New Children’s Book

By Alice G. Duckett 8-year-old Sarah conquers her fear of surgery and a hospital stay by learning to trust her doctor, her God, and with the the help of her own special Guardian Angel. A “Book to Grow With”- Pre-School-6th Gr. (Story plus Fun Activity Pages) A must for the family library and great for doctor’s offices, hospital waiting rooms, pediatricians, hospital gift shops, teacher classrooms, and church libraries. $9.95 ea. Other books by Alice Duckett include: Digging From Attics To Basements, One Step At A Time, and a CD of stories, “Slices of Life”


PLACES TO PURCHASE BOOKS: Friends Bookstore at the Anniston/ Calhoun Co. Public Library- 256-237-8501 Anniston Museum of Natural History Gift Shop- 256-237-9783 Friendly Farm Children’s Clothing /GiftsHwy 431 Sardis City, AL Open Door Christian Book Store Cartersville, GA- 770-382-5330

Author and Christian Humorist Barbara Eubanks

A Web Too Tight captures the readers’ attention with the gripping prologue - Jack Pate, sits with gun in hand, ready to escape his web of sin and deception. The details of Pastor Jack Pate’s fall from his lofty pedestal to the depths of sin’s depravity mesmerize readers throughout this suspenseful novel. Although a realistic scenario of sin’s stranglehold on God’s servant grips the reader, the Hosea-type love displayed by his wife Molly mirrors Christ’s forgiveness and compassion. Available through her web site –, at Amazon and other online bookstores, and many other local stores.

A Web Too Tight ISBN# 978-1-62295-539-8 Tate Publishing

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Anniston Gadsden Christian Family - December 2017  
Anniston Gadsden Christian Family - December 2017