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January 5, 2011 | Volume 10 Issue 1

A Newsletter Publication of First United Methodist Church, Jackson, Tennessee

FUMC Leadership Retreat January 21-23

Friday, 6:00-8:00 p.m. - Dinner ($10/person) & General Session for all Leaders and Interested Members. Speaker: David Bell Dinner Reservations required by Sunday, January 16

Saturday 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. - Breakfast & Break-Out Groups “What is Expected of Me” Distribution of Educational Materials Sunday Worship - 9:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m. Guest Preacher: David Bell Childcare available Friday and Saturday by reservation only no later than Sunday, January 16.

David S. Bell

Do you sense the excitement? It’s growing! Do you feel God is about “doing a new thing” in our midst? As we prepare for 2011 and beyond, there is every reason to be optimistic. We are poised on the brink of a time of growth and change for Jackson FUMC. One of the goals that I have been in prayer for revolves around the concept of restoring decision-making authority of the lay leadership in our congregation. It is a natural by-product of size that staff often tends to assume more decision-making authority the larger and more complex a church body becomes. However, Methodism has always represented a form of church government in which clergy and lay leadership cooperate fully and move forward arm-in-arm by respecting the gifts of the laity and those who have been “set apart” for teaching and preaching. The biblical model is one who “equips the saints for the work of ministry” (Ephesians 4:11-12). We have a great opportunity to start our year with this purpose of equipping. With the consent of the out-going church council, we have contacted and secured a date for David S. Bell of Design Group International to be with us. David is a nationally recognized authority in matters related to church leadership, stewardship and governance. He empowers leaders to discover their vital role in enabling communities of faith to embody a generous culture. David advocates a high level of leader commitment, truly empowering lay leadership, leading by example, and employing “best practices” in much the same way as progressive business organizations. You may learn more about David and his work at his website: Please be in constant prayer for David Bell as he comes to lead us and help us discern our future more carefully. Remember, God expects our best. However, we need to constantly pray for, as Jesus reminds those of us who follow Him, “...Cut off from me, you can do nothing.” (John 15:5). Pastor Dan

2010 Giving Goal Met... Congratulations!

A word from Pastor Dan... See page 3 SEEKING GOD





First Edition January 5, 2011


Christopher and Bria Pittman joined FUMC Sunday, January 2 from other denominations. Both Chris and Bria work at Red Lobster and are students at Union University. Pictured here with their son, Emmanuel.

You’re invited

12:00 NOON - 1:00 PM Lunch ($7.00) & Program January 7, 2011 • Clayton Hall Jackson City Mayor, Jerry Gist and Madison County Mayor, Jimmy Harris will deliver a presentation outlining their vision and agenda for 2011. A question and answer session with the audience will follow.

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Tax Savings in 2011 2% TAX SAVINGS=INCREASED GIVING MADE EASY In 2011 the U. S. government is giving its citizens a payroll tax holiday. This action presents a unique opportunity for church members to easily increase their annual giving by 2%. Beginning with the first paycheck of 2011, many people will receive 2% more money in their take-home pay. If you have not been giving to your church or if you have not increased your giving in several years, this is a great opportunity for you to evaluate your giving to the church as a percentage of income. Prayerfully consider increasing your 2011 giving by at least half, or 1%, and hopefully all, or 2%, of your tax savings in 2011. You don’t want to miss this easy way to increase your giving! IRA CHARITABLE ROLLOVER REINSTATED New legislation in the Senate extends the IRA Charitable Rollover provision that expired at the end of 2009. The legislation reinstated the Rollover for 2010 and will allow any eligible gifts made by January 31, 2011 to be treated as a 2010 donation. The legislation also sets the new expiration date for the Rollover as December 31, 2011, meaning that eligible gifts made throughout all of 2011 will qualify for favorable tax treatment. The IRA Charitable Rollover allows individuals age 70½ and older to donate up to $100,000 directly from their Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) to public charities without having to count the distributions as taxable income. Since these charitable transfers are not subject to income tax there is no charitable deduction allowed. Please consult your financial and tax professionals for more details. Contributions as Tax Deductions To ensure the deductibility of your church contributions, please do not file your income tax return until you have received a written acknowledgment of your contributions from the church. These will be sent out in early January.

Memorials & Honoraria IN LOVING MEMORY Elizabeth Exum Anderson - Janell Rogers William “Bill” Holland - Dianne & Charles Taylor Frances Boone (Mother of Becky Lane) Terry McRoberts, Dianne & Charles Taylor

Charles Greer (Brother of Dorothy Doak) Dianne & Charles Taylor Marinell & Joe Gaffney, Carrie & John Parran Carolyn & Joe Gaffney (Pastors’ Fund) Kristen Cox - Mary Virginia Cox

Jerry Bogue (Brother of Kay Carney) Molly & David Boyd

Bradley Sorman, Ellis, White, Jr., Clarence Driver, Effie Mae Brill, James Carothers, Lloyd Utley, Myrtle Smith, Anne Forde, Charles Greer, Bryan Matthews, Joyce Higgs, William “Bill” Holland, Frances Boone John & Betty Lee Quinn (Budget)

William Russell Rice, Sr., Thomas H. Stallings, Virginia Stallings, James Keith Stallings, Mr. & Mrs. James T. Stevens, Sr., Dr. & Mrs. Harold Vinson, John Nuckolls, Mr. David Nuckolls, Mrs. Bernice Jessup, Colonel & Mrs. Forrest V. Durand, George Boyd Craig & Tom Stallings Family (Pastors’ Fund)

Pete Nichols, Russ Robbins, Lois Murphy, Camille Barker, James Johnstone, Selma Redding, Joann Mischke, Evelyn Carter, Catherine Clemmons, Louise Kirk, Katherine Medlin, Katherine Crowe, Clarence Driver, Effie Mae Brill, Wilbur Leverett, Myrtle Smith, Charles Greer, Mary Lou Greer, Joyce Higgs, Frances Boone Jack & Judy Smith (Budget)

Joyce Higgs (Wife of Dr. Jimmy Higgs) Dianne & Charles Taylor, Opal Henley

Myrtle Smith (Mother of Larry Smith & Michael Smith) Dianne & Charles Taylor, Kathryn & Tyler Swindle, Jeanne & Bill Regenold, Philip & Betty Houser, Fran Houser James McKee (Husband of Caroline McKee) Kirby & Leta Webb


Jim & Roberta Price - Ralph Leverett Jimmy & Sally Wallace - Gertrude Driver Dr. & Mrs. Charles Cox, Mr. Kevin Cox & Boys, Dr. & Mrs. James Price, Dr. & Mrs. Barnett Scott Mary Virginia Cox


Betsy Dement - Sarah Hamil

Selma Redding - Shirley Heitzman

Mrs. Edna Rice Craig & Tom Stallings Family (Pastors’ Fund)

Hays Frankland - Frances Frankland

FUMC Staff - Jennie Longmire (Budget) Darian & Joy Krimm - Jim & Pat Scott (Music) Lee & Todd Driver, Jeannie & Doug Gibson, Carol & Phillip Ryan, Elizabeth & Kyle Atkins The Sullivans (Children’s Ministry) David Horton, Jerri Sue Maxwell, Carolyn Vaughan The Sullivans (Confirmation)

The Dodds Family Floyd, Susan, Dianne & Betty (Christmas Offering) Mr. & Mrs. Roger Murray, Sr., Mr. & Mrs. A. B. Ward Mr. & Mrs. Jerry Ward (Christmas Offering)

Incomplete list... to be continued in January 19th newsletter.

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The Right Thing for The Right Reason Well—here it is-- 2011! Ask me about anything that happened from Thanksgiving until today (Tuesday, January the 4th) and I’m likely to say it is all a “blur!” A good “blur” but a “blur” of constant activity. We celebrated Advent and Christmas in grand style, didn’t we? Worship services were uplifting and the fellowship we enjoyed was some of the warmest I’ve ever known! Between the gatherings and the planning and the outright busyness, there didn’t seem to be a single moment that wasn’t somehow assigned. But, you know what? It seemed to be right somehow….all the activity was the right thing for the right reason! I’m reminded of a story told by the author Gregory Tolle. It was apparently a true story involving the actor Steven Segall. In Segall’s younger days, before his real acting career took off, Steven Segall had been hired by the Central Intelligence Agency to pose as an airport employee for an undercover operation. Segall knew nothing about the real job –he was just someone hired to “look the part” of an airport employee. On this particular day, a woman approached him carrying a pet carrier with her dog inside. She spoke only broken English. She was obviously distressed and managed to communicate that she “needed to take care of some business.” She motioned to Segall to “please look after her dog” for a while. Not knowing what to do and not wanting to blow his CIA cover, Segall agreed. A few minutes after she had gone, Segall noticed the dog had not moved. He checked more closely and to his dismay, confirmed that the lady’s dog was indeed dead! He immediately called the other CIA agents.

by Dan Camp

They all knew they could not afford a scene which would draw attention to them and “blow their cover!” So, thinking quickly, they plotted to replace the dog by having one of the other agents run out to a pet store and purchase an identical breed with close coloring at the nearby pet shop in the mall. They moved quickly for fear of detection in their complicity. When the woman returned, she took a look at her dog, screamed and fainted. When she finally regained consciousness (after some ammonia inhalants) she apologized and explained that she was both “shocked and overjoyed!” Seems she had mistakenly thought her beloved pet dog was dead when she left, and now (amazingly) her dog was alive! The business she had left to take care of was the arrangements for her dog’s burial. The moral of the story (according to Tolle) is this: “Sometimes we think we are doing the right thing and we’re not. Sometimes we do wrong out of ignorance. At other times, we know we’re not doing the right thing but we try to convince ourselves that we are.” As I’ve witnessed –firsthand—your incredible extra efforts in giving, your generosity toward those who have less, and your willingness to pull together in the final weeks of 2010—I want to extend a very personal “THANK YOU AND MAY GOD BLESS YOU IN 2011!” You—the people of Jackson First United Methodist –have done “the right thing for all the right reasons!”

Thanks to you we met the year-end goal Week Ending November 12 November 19 November 26 December 3 December 10 December 17 December 24 December 31*

Offerings Given $43,352 $40,951 $19,079 $70,077 $72,741 $37,259 $27,747 $119,963

Balance: $428,482 $385,130 $344,179 $325,100 $255,023 $182,281 $145,022 $117,275 Over $2,688

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Church Family News Congratulations to • Guy Van Dell, MD, and his wife Lora on the December 29, 2010 birth of their daughter Hailey Grace Van Dell. • Melanie and Matthew Fite on the Dec. 29 birth of their daughter, Natalie Brooke Fite. Grandparents are Betsy and Alan Dement and great-grandparents are Nancy and Larry Brooke. • Jarrod and Sara Finger of Nashville on the Dec. 12 birth of their son, Michael Paul Finger. Grandparents are James and Cathy Finger of our congregation.

Followers Class Sunday School Christmas Party

at the home of Kevin and Paula Hatcher

Pastors’ Bible Study

for Men & Women

The Gospel According to Mark

Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m. Room 206, Clayton Hall Conference Room Led by David Hollis

You’re invited to the Stephen Ministry Continuing Education on

“Entering the Conversation About Alzheimer’s” January 18

Andrea Woods, leader The lesson will begin promptly at 6:10 p.m. in Room 116 (lower level, Family Life Forum classroom).

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For Men and Women





Tuesdays and Fridays 4:00-5:00 PM in the Gym Starting January 18 Cost: $5/session Proceeds go to the Morgan McCarty Scholarship Foundation Questions? Call Pam 616-0023.




Support Group for those

Caring for Aging Parents C.A.P.

1st Session January 16 5:00-6:00 p.m. • Room 109 Tammy McCoy, will be the facilitator for these monthly Sunday evening sessions. Tammy, the Director of Student Success at Lambuth University, has her Masters in Counseling and has conducted previous support groups.

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Senior Adult Corner

FUMC Senior Adult Ministry presents

Friday, January 21

Healthy Living in 2011 with presenters

Steve Albright

Director of Heart and Vascular Center

Melissa Walls Director of “Health Aware”

Program 11:00 a.m. • Luncheon 12:00 noon • Clayton Hall • $6.00 per person Deadline for reservations is 9:00 a.m. Tuesday, January 18. This deadline is EXTREMELY important. To make reservations, call 422-4002. Please remember to call and cancel your reservation should you be unable to attend.

Youth News & Events Youth Training for Room In The Inn For all those Youth interested in helping with the Room In The Inn program on January 23rd, we will be having Mandatory Training this Sunday, January 9th at 10 a.m. during the Sunday School hour in the Youth Area. You must attend in order to serve on January 23rd. Current UMY starts back January 9th @ 5PM All youth come out as we start off a new semester in ministry together! WEF Current Small Groups starts back Wednesday, January 12th

Questions? Contact Tammy at or 437-0287

Lunch and Learn

Tuesday Morning Women’s Book Study “What Good is God? In Search of a Faith that Matters” by Philip Yancey

Led by Betsy Dement & Susan Crocker

Jan.11 - March 15 10:00 a.m. Room 107

Youth Ski Trip 2010

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Visitors Needed!

by Cecil Kirk

Christmas was a special time: visits from family, cards and newsletters from friends far away, homemade goodies. For some of our members, they were thrilled to have carolers, bell ringers, and children stop by for a visit. One of our residents in an assisted living facility said that it would be nice if someone would drop by at some other time than Christmas. I know what she was talking about since they appreciate my visiting on a regular basis. It is a very rewarding experience for me and for those who deliver DVD’s of our worship services and copies of the Upper Room. Occasionally church members will ask about some member they have not seen in some time. Are they ill? Some are no longer able to attend church. They may have sold their car and moved into a senior facility. They would like to know that they are missed and are very interested in what is going on at church. Do you have some time to visit, to drop by for a chat, or to just let someone know that they are missed and loved? I am listing those living in senior facilities that are not able to attend church.. It would be a rewarding new year’s resolution to enlarge your family of care. Let me know if you can serve in this way. Bells Nursing Home John Carlock Regency Retirement Village Jane Isaac Joan Eickhoff Helen Fleming Elmcroft Sara Dodson Rose Marie Krimm Martha Jaco Forest Cove Nursing Center Lena Finger Lynn Reeves Jackson Oaks Retirement Village Les Haneline Julia Hatter Loy and Laurice Long Ginny Sculley Grailyn Brooks Margaret Cantrell Ann Snelson Ora Lee Foust Bob and Judy Hazlewood

Jackson Meadows Verla Brasher Mary Virgina Cox Nancy Ganier Ray and Pat Warren Maplewood Health Care Dora Jane Ross Aline Leach Morningside Amy Maddox Ed and Marion Martin Edna Algea Northbrook Health Care & Rehab Annie Murray Donna Rhodes Billie Lenardon Mission Convalence Center Sofie Hill At Home Robert and Jane Allen, Geneva Dalton, Inez Carlock, Helen Edwards, Martha Lynn Fisher, Katherine Fonda, Martha Green, Ed Spencer, Tom Voegeli

2011 Women’s Retreat “Standing in a Kneeling Position” March 5-6 • Victory Ranch Guest Speaker: Rev. Rosemary Brown Worship Leader: Kim Hill

Contact Carolyn Vaughan (661-0256 or or Pam McCarty at (616-0023 or if you would like to serve on a retreat committee. Contact Sue Harvey (668-8289 or if you would like to serve on the retreat prayer team.

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“Real estate offers opportunities for giving to the FUMC Foundation. Consider the gift of vacant land, condominium, commercial property, house, farm, or other types of real estate. You could be entitled to an income tax deduction for the fair market value of the property at the time the gift is made.” To learn about FUMC’s Foundation and Planned Giving, contact Jim Scott, Chairman. 668-4775 or e-mail

Greeters Greeters for Sunday, January 9 Allan & Jennifer Trently, Mike & Pat Fox, Rita Carmichael, Georgia Whitten, Laurie Horton, Emmett & Barbara Barker, Cathy Benson, Bob & Shirley Maniss, Betty Betterman

Greeters for Sunday, January 16 James & Kristi Brown, Mike & Pam McCarty, Rita Carmichael, Emma Lee Bond, Jackie Rheney, David & Kelly Barnes, Les Jaco, Preston Miller, Karen Hopper If you are unable to greet, please find a replacement.

Save the Date!

Valentine’s Banquet

February 11, 2011 An elegant evening of fine dining, great music, and an engaging speaker!

Inclement Weather Policy

In case of inclement weather, please refer to any of the following for updates on the church being open or closed. Thomas Media Stations: 107.7 / 106.9 /102.3 / 95.7 FM 1460 AM WBBJ Channel 7 FUMC Jackson TN on Facebook

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Weekly Opportunities

Sunday, January 9 Room in the Inn First Awakening Service Youth Training/Room in the Inn Sunday School Traditional Service 3:00 PM Team Stuart/Camp Basketball 4:00 PM Children’s Council Meeting 5:00 PM Current UMY 5:00 PM JCS Cast Party 5:30 PM New Member Dinner

9:00 AM 9:00 AM AM 10:00 11:00 AM

Monday, January 10 5:30 PM Sr. Basketball 6:00 PM Trustees Meeting 7:00 PM Men’s Basketball Tuesday, January 11 11:30 AM Key Leaders Meeting 1:00 PM Staff Meeting 5:00 PM Church League Basketball 6:30 PM Prayer Team Meeting Wednesday, January 12 10:00 AM Pastor’s Bible Study 10:00 AM Invitation to Presence 3:30 PM W.I.N.G.S Tutoring 5:00 PM W.I.N.G.S. Dinnerr 6:00 PM C. S. Lewis 6:00 PM Christian Believer 6:00 PM Knit Peace 6:00 PM Revelation/End of Time 6:00 PM Second Half Adventure 6:00 PM First Awakening Band 6:00 PM Prime Ringers 6:00 PM WEF Children’s Programing 6:00 PM When Christians Get It Wrong 7:00 PM Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal 7:15 PM Team Simpson/Basketball Thursday, January 13 3:30 PM Team Hare/Basketball 5:30 PM Team Eblen/Basketball Friday, January 14 6:00 PM Lock-in/Cornerstone Saturday, January 15 Chrysalis 2011/offsite 6:00 PM Lock-in/Cornerstone Sunday, January 16 Chrysalis 2011/offsite 9:00 AM First Awakening Service 10:00 AM Sunday School 11:00 AM Traditional Service 3:00 PM Team Stuart/Camp Basketball 5:00 PM Kids Who Care Club 5:00 PM Support Group/Aging Parents Monday, January 17 Chrysalis 2011/offsite Holiday/Offices Closed Tuesday, January 18 1:00 PM Staff Meeting 4:00 PM Zumba 5:00 PM Church League Basketball 6:00 PM Staff Parish Meeting 6:00 PM Stephen Ministry Continuing Education Wednesday, January 19 10:00 AM Pastor’s Bible Study

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New Year! New Classes! Wednesday Evening Fellowship January 12 - February 16

The Second Adventure: Don’t Just Retire - Change the World! Based on a book by Kay Marshall Strom Men and women don’t want to retire from contributing when they retire from their careers. So, they are using their time, skills, and resources to make a difference! Book Fee: $15 • Room 112 • Led by Ed & Bettye Labry When Christians Get It Wrong by Adam Hamilton More and more young adults have opted out of Christianity and the church. The reason? Sometimes, maybe often, it’s Christians themselves. Book Fee: $10 • Room 109 • Led by Ralph Leverett & Steve Mischke

Revelation and the End Times by Ben Witherington III This study will guide you into a deeper understanding of the truths found within Revelation’s often mysterious text so that you can feel more secure in your faith. Book Fee: $7 • Room 111 • Led by Joel Allen CS Lewis and the Christian Life CS Lewis has influenced more people’s faith positively than any writer in recent memory. Why does he remain so popular? What can we learn from this man’s Mere Christianity? How does he still make a difference? No fee • Room 116 • Led by Rev. Dan Camp Knit Peace A peaceful hour to learn new skills, support the Prayer Shawl Ministry and cancer patients, and share both fun and fellowship. Questions? Call Elsie at 664-0973. Supplies: Bring size 13 needles. • Meets in the Library off Disciple Hall • Led by Elsie Harris

Dinner 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. $6 Adults, $3 Children, $20 Family Maximum Classes/Activities 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

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January Mission Focus: Area Relief Ministries (A.R.M.)

In addition to sponsoring Room in the Inn and providing the largest amount of utility assistance in Jackson, Madison County, Area Relief Ministries (A.R.M.) offers emergency housing assistance, a Christmas toy store, the Open Arm (a day center for needy and homeless individuals), the HUB Club (an after school program in the Hillcrest neighborhood), and the Goody2Shoes 5k in September. We hope you will continue to give generously to this hard working downtown neighbor of ours.

For more information about Area Relief Ministries, please visit: January Mission Chest Needs - A snack drive for ARM’s after-school program, The Hub Club, is underway. If you would like to help out, please bring individually wrapped fruit snacks, chips, granola bars and drinks to the church. These items may be placed in the Mission Chest located in the main lobby.

FUMC Kids’ News Proverbs 22:6 - Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.

First and Second Grade Caroling

Weekly Opportunities

Wednesday, January 19 (continued) 10:00 AM Invitation to Presence 6:00 PM C. S. Lewis 6:00 PM Christian Believer 6:00 PM Knit Peace 6:00 PM Revelation/End of Time 6:00 PM Second Half Adventure 6:00 PM First Awakening Band 6:00 PM Prime Ringers 6:00 PM WEF Children’s Programing 6:00 PM When Christians Get It Wrong 7:00 PM Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal 7:15 PM Team Simpson/Basketball

Thursday, January 20 Clayton Hall Closed/AIL 3:30 PM Team Hare/Basketball 5:30 PM Team Eblen Basketball Friday, January 21 Gym Closed/PM 11:00 AM Adventures in Learning 4:00 PM Zumba 6:00 PM Leadership Retreat Saturday, January 22 9:00 AM Leadership Retreat 5:30 PM Room in the Inn

New to FUMC?


Mission Notes

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You are invited to attend

Newcomer classes Who Are We?

Sundays, February 6-27 10:00 - 10:50 a.m. Clayton Hall Conference Room

Paint, talk, scrap book, laugh, knit, snack, collage, draw, sew, talk, snack, CREATE!

Operation Hope Christmas Party

A time for women to nurture those things that feed the soul.

Friday Evenings 6:00 PM Mezzanine January 28 February 25 March 25 Bring a snack to share. Come and go as you like! Contact Marilynn Eblen at 422-4002 for more information.

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Sunday Morning Worship Sunday School 10:00 a.m.

First Awakening Contemporary Worship Service Clayton Hall • 9:00 a.m.

Sunday January 9

Traditional Worship Service Sanctuary • 11:00 a.m.

“Peter’s surprisingly succinct sermon!” Dan Camp, preaching • Scripture: Acts 10: 34-43

Sunday January 16

“Andrew the Bringer!” Dan Camp, preaching • Scripture: John 1: 29—42 ROSEBUDS

• The rosebud on the altar December 19 was placed by James and Cathy Finger in honor of the birth of their grandson, Michael Paul Finger, who was born December 12. Michael is the son of Jarrod and Sara Finger.

• The rosebud on the altar January 2 was placed in honor of Natalie Brooke Fite, daughter of Melanie and Matthew Fite. Grandparents are Betsy and Alan Dement. Great Grandparents are Larry and Nancy Brooke. • The rosebud on the altar January 9 is placed by Garey and Jan Littrell in honor of the birth of their granddaughter, Hailey Grace, daughter of Lora & Guy Van Dell, MD.




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