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2014 is here and a new year is upon us. Wow, they sure come quickly! Personally, the new year also signifies the arrival of my January 4th birthday. This year, I will turn 43 years old. Birthdays are not near as exciting as they used to be. Mom used to make me custom birthday cakes. I ate the Mystery Machine when I was 5, and Dino from the Flintstones when I turned 6. She put a lot of time and effort into those cakes. I remember sneaking excess icing whenever possible, and I can recall how hard she tried to recreate the picture she was mimicking. When I hit double digits, the custom cakes gave way to Carvel ice cream cakes. The Carvel cakes were a delicious blend of icing and ice cream, with two different crunchable layers of chocolate and caramel mixed in for good measure. They were amazingly delicious. I have found that the local Food Lion stores carry Carvel, but the current versions I’ve seen only have a single

layer of the delectable crunchy filling. Birthday cakes are a wonderful symbol of your special day. It’s always a special moment when your family and friends sing Happy Birthday, and you make a wish and blow out the candles. My wishes have definitely evolved as I’ve grown older. Youthful wishes for materialistic possessions like a storm trooper action figure and a Camaro IROC-Z 28 with T-tops have been replaced with more selfless wishes. Now I wish for my kids to have happy, productive and fulfilling lives. I wish for health, peace and grace. I concentrate on blowing out all the candles — sometimes Donna likes to put all 40+ candles on the

cake, and it takes a mighty breath to knock’ em all out. Maybe this year she’ll go easy on the candles for me. Have a Happy New Year, and thanks for spending some time with Lexington Life.




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New Year, New You, New Boat Tips to Achieve Wholesome Health in 2014 David Clark

COLUMNS 6 Financial Strategies Stratos Wealth Partners Publisher & Editor-In-Chief Todd Shevchik Sales Manager Anne Reynolds Account Executives Donna Shevchik Ron Branson

Assistant Editor/ Production Manager Kristi Antley EDITORial Consultant Allison Caldwell Editorial Assistant Tiffanie Wise

Car Talk Baker Collision Express Faith Matters Pastor Ken Jumper

3 From the Publisher 5 Events 7 Lexington Leaders Bob Hudson 24 Spice of Life Low Calorie Recipes 28 Faith in Action Columbia Crossroads Church

GRAPHIC DESIGN Jane Carter Website Designer Paul Tomlinson Contributing Writers Allison Caldwell, Kevin Oliver, David Clark, Jackie Perrone, Charissa Sylvia Contributing Photographers Patti Langston, Derek Gomez, Brittany Jones, Tripp Leonard

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January January 7-20 Main Street Ice Boyd Plaza at Columbia Museum of Art The City of Columbia has once again transformed Boyd Plaza into a winter wonderland with Main Street Ice. The rink will remain open until January 20. Bring the whole family! $10 adults, $8 ages 12 and under, seniors (55+), and active duty military. Fees include skate rentals. Wednesday January 15 Cuts for a Cure 111-C Library Hill Lane, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Haircuts for Relay for Life of Lexington, hosted by Hair Solutions. 100 percent of monetary donations will support Relay for Life of Lexington. Make online donations at—just click the Hair Solutions team! Non-perishable food donations for LICS of Lexington are welcome, too! 957-3616. Saturday, January 18 Columbia Winter Jazz Fest Township Auditorium, 7 p.m. Don’t miss the Columbia Winter Jazz Fest, starring Norman Brown and Gerald Albright, The Average White Band with a special appearance by Lonnie Liston Smith, and the Reggie Sullivan Band. We’ll also celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 576-2350 or

Columbia. Post-race goodies include delicious, organic breakfast items, drinks, gift bags, t-shirts and more! Learn more at, or register at Saturday, January 25 Celebrating Lexington’s Arts Lexington Town Hall, 6-10 p.m. A fundraiser for Friends of the Lexington County Museum, this gala will celebrate local artists, performers, writers, musicians and others who have helped add to the culture of Lexington. Music by the Great Society Band. $50 each, ages 21 and up; tickets available at the Lexington County Museum or at the door. Proceeds will help fund the restoration of interior rooms in the Hazelius House, and other museum projects. 359-8369.

February 7-9 Columbia Boat Show 2014 S.C. State Fairgrounds Browse vendors, boat dealers, food trucks, a kids play arena and more! Hours: 10 a.m. – 8 a.m. Friday, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sunday. $8 adults, free for ages 12 and under. Parking is $2 per vehicle.

Saturday, January 25 Red Shoe Run Hand Middle School, 6:30 a.m. Enjoy a new, flat course for the 8th Annual Red Shoe Run to benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities of

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Jim David Founding Partner & Wealth Advisor

The Year Ahead In 2014, portfolios are likely to enjoy more independence from policymakers than in 2013, when the markets and media seemed to obsess over policymakers’ actions both here and abroad. This could be seen throughout 2013, during the government shutdown and debt ceiling debacle, the Fed’s mixed messages on tapering its aggressive bond-buying program, the bank bailout and elections in Europe, and the unprecedented government stimulus, among many other examples. In the year ahead, there are many reasons investors can return to the basics of growing and preserving their portfolios and spend less time gauging the actions of policymakers, including the following: • Two clean lifts to the debt ceiling since 2011 ensured any risk of default on Treasury obligations was avoided. We are unlikely to see concessions in exchange for a third increase in 2014, making a high-stakes fiscal battle unlikely. • The Fed will likely begin to taper its bond-purchase program, known as quantitative easing (QE), in the first half of 2014, signaling a commitment to reducing its presence in the markets and transitioning to a post-QE environment. • Europe is emerging from recession, which means less need for direct life support from the European Central Bank (ECB) or painfully austere fiscal policy as deficit targets are eased. The economy and markets becoming more independent of policymakers while growth accelerates is likely to bolster investor confidence in the reliability and sustainability of the investing environment. In 2014, we may see more all-time highs in the stock market and higher yields in the bond market than we have in years as economic growth accelerates. The primary risk to our outlook is that better growth in the economy and profits does not develop. That risk is likely to be much more significant than the distractions posed by Fed tapering and mid-term elections. In our almanac, we forecast a healthy investment environment in which to cultivate a growing portfolio in 2014. The opinions voiced in this material are for general information only and are not intended to provide or be construed as providing specific investment advice or recommendations for any individual security. To determine which investments may be appropriate for you, consult your financial advisor prior to investing. All performance referenced is historical and is no guarantee of future results. Economic forecasts set forth may not develop as predicted, and there can be no guarantee that strategies promoted will be successful. Securities offered through LPL Financial, member FINRA/SIPC. Investment advice offered through Stratos Wealth Partners, Ltd., a registered investment advisor and a separate entity from LPL Financial.

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by Jackie Perrone

Bob Hudson Bob Hudson did not grow up here, but since arriving he and his extended family have made continuing impact on their adopted community. Auto dealers, restaurants, real estate — the Hudsons have put down roots to support Lexington and the Midlands. “People laugh when I tell them I was born in Turkey, North Carolina,” he says. “Four years in the Air Force, and my college education in Atlanta at Georgia State. Since then, it’s been South Carolina all the way.” In the Midlands, Bob Hudson embarked on a business career that included 12 years as a sales rep at Loxscreen, followed by three decades as an independent sales representative. He traveled the country selling a variety of products involved in construction and manufacturing. In March of 1998, he and two of his sons established the enterprise in Lexington now called Hudson Brothers LLC, which he describes as “a complete center for truck accessories and for upscale used cars.” Now the “Hudson Brothers” of Bob’s company are his two sons, Darrell and Chuck. They run the company, and their father is on hand to help out wherever needed. Their brother Robin operates Lexington’s well-known Hudson’s Smokehouse restaurant. A trophy wall attests to Hudson’s success and excellence in business. Dealer of the Year in 2005, and again in 2007. First place in the Thunder Valley Motorflex A Pro class, 2004 and 2005. Top Customer Award, 2003. And from Lexington Life magazine, voted by readers as Best Used Car Company. Bob likes to point out that their used cars are high quality and recommended. “We use our connections with dealers around the area to have a supply of high-end, like-new, low mileage cars, and we have repeat customers who know they can depend on us for that. We can seek out a specific model a customer may want from other areas.” Another specialty is truck accessories such as lifts, utility racks, and fitted equipment. Truck owners know they can find the right equipment at Hudson Brothers, and it can be ordered for them if not on hand. Bob Hudson’s greatest pride is his family, which he describes as closeknit. His wife Laura spends her time as a volunteer advocating for victims of violence, and can be found often around the State House or in the courtrooms of the area. “It’s her passion, and she’s a very effective voice for lots of people who need her,” he says. Besides their three sons, Bob and Laura also have a daughter, Melinda Dailey; 12 grandchildren and four greatgrands, all living right here in the Midlands and in close contact. Bob and Laura are longtime members of Lexington Baptist Church. They enjoy travel abroad, especially to Israel which they have visited several times, “walking where Jesus walked.” n

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Running For YourL by Kevin Oliver

How Cross Country Benefits Local Students and You

U.S. Olympian and retired longdistance runner PattiSue Plumer once stated: “Racing teaches us to challenge ourselves. It teaches us to push beyond where we thought we could go. It helps us find out what we are made of. This is what we do. This is what it’s all about.” That challenge and drive to do better is the true benefit of a running program, and nobody knows that better than our local high school coaches who are not just training runners; they are educating our children. “When self-accomplishment and selfreward are the primary goal of the athlete, the athlete becomes competent, self-determined and is in control of the process,” says River Bluff Cross Country Coach

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Derek Gomez of his athlete-centered approach. “The ultimate goal of the athlete is to master their race environment, and the reward for that is self-reinforcement, self-discipline, and self-confidence in the process. I want to foster an environment where the goal is to create better people, and not just faster runners.” For Gomez, running is about much more than what happens once your legs begin moving and you set out on the course. “Every aspect of a runner’s life, from running to academics to family and social life; relationships, nutrition and rest must all be in balance for the training process to proceed in a progressive manner,” he says.

Success for Life: Focus and Commitment One of the most accomplished runners in the state is senior Zack Langston of Lexington High School’s cross country team, who has committed to N.C. State University for next school year. Langston won the 2013 AAAA State Championship in the 5K and the 1600-meter events, and he’s currently ranked number one in the state in the 1600- and the 3200-meter events. His mother Patti Langston says Zack knew early on what his goal was with running. “Zack is extremely self-motivated. He decided in eighth grade that he wanted to be a state champion, and he has worked every day since then to make it

Members of the River Bluff and Girls Cross Country teams.


River Bluff Cross Country Coach Derek Gomez is proud of his squad which won the Region 4-3A Championship Trophy. It was the first region championship in River Bluff history.

“When self-accomplishment and self-reward are the primary goal of the athlete, the athlete becomes competent, self-determined and is in control of the process.�

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A (Well-Earned) Sense of Accomplishment If you’re looking for focus and commitment in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds, you shouldn’t have to go farther than fellow Lexington High runner Brittany Jones. Brittany was involved in a horrific accident at age 6, when she ran out to greet her father who was on a riding lawnmower. Slipping as she came up behind the mower, Brittany suffered major injuries to her feet and legs when her father accidentally backed over her with the mower. “I didn’t feel the blades on my legs or feet, or the tire I was trying to push off my chest,” Jones says of her memories of the accident. “I could only hear myself yelling for my dad.” Jones spent months in the hospital undergoing multiple surgeries and rehabilitation. Despite missing the first two toes on both feet and having additional surgeries to try and mitigate the effects of the injury, Jones became a runner in high school last year.

Lexington High School’s Zack Langston wins the state championship.

happen,” she says. “We cheer for him and support him, but we never have to tell him to practice or eat right.” Zack says his success is all about preparation and perseverance. “I am committed to being the best runner possible, so my goal is to give 100 percent every workout, and I follow the training schedule that Coach Harris sets for me,” Langston says. “Races are won in practice, and consistent hard work always pays off.” Langston’s schedule is much like any high school student’s day; only his starts earlier and involves a daily regimen of running. 12 | LEXINGTON LIFE | January 2014

“I am committed to being the best runner possible, so my goal is to give 100 percent every workout.” “On a typical day I wake up at 6:00 a.m. and run two or three miles, then go to school and practice after school,” he says. “I get home around 6:00 p.m. and still have to stretch and eat supper, and study a couple of hours each night.” Langston, like many student athletes, has to juggle schoolwork and the sport he loves, but he says it’s worth it. “Balancing schoolwork and training is a constant struggle, but I knew from the start that I would have to give up the majority of my free time,” he says. “I believe that if something is important to you, then you will find the time to get it done. It just takes focus and commitment.”

Brittany Jones

“It will never be my strong point, but it will never be my weakness. Even with my pain in my feet and leg, I run.” pain, the names, and the laughing that I have had to bear,” she says. “After finishing a practice or a race, I feel accomplished whether it has been a bad day or a good day. I’m proud because I know I’m working my way to the top.” “The accident has affected me appearance-wise, with scars on my right leg and my missing toes making balancing very hard,” Jones admits, but she is determined to not let it stop her from running, or anything else. “It will never be my strong point, but it will never be my weakness. Even with my pain in my feet and leg, I run.” Jones’ last surgery was in July of this past year, during her first season of cross country running. “I was supposed to be out for three to four months, but I couldn’t just sit back,” she says. “I ended up going straight back into running after only six weeks.” Jones has shoe inserts to help with her feet

now, which helps at times, and the inserts will hopefully prevent the need for another surgery in the near future. “A lot of people ask why I run if it’s such a painful thing for me. I run for a lot of reasons,” she says. “The main reason is for my team and coach at Lexington High School; they are my support and my backbone. Of course, as a child my parents were my go-to people, but my team is my second family. They have pushed me and gotten me to where I am.” Brittany says her participation in cross country has given her a sense of accomplishment. “Being top of varsity for LHS Cross Country makes me forget about the

Good Advice for Running — and for Life Langston echoes Jones when he reflects on what running has done for him. “I would recommend running to anyone. It has changed my life,” he says. “If you want to succeed, you have to believe in yourself.” Coach Gomez offers some final practical advice to runners and non-runners alike. “Whether your goal is to run a 5k, a half marathon, a full marathon, or simply to run a mile, know when you want to accomplish that goal by, and how you’re going to do it,” he says. “Find people that have similar goals — find a running club, join a gym — and surround yourself with people who will support you, give you advice, and will run with you. Make it fun and celebrate every accomplishment, no matter how small you believe it to be.” n


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The last time I wrote our article I had the opportunity to tell a little bit about our grandparents and the impact that they had on us, instilling our work ethic and the responsibility of treating others as we wish to be treated. In this article, I want to introduce you to Baker’s value proposition — the acronym WE CARE — and the thinking behind it. We value your trust. Embrace the ease of the Baker experience. Committed to continuous improvement thru ongoing technical training, process refinement, and environmentally conscious initiatives. Attentive to meet the needs, desires, and expectations of our customers and coworkers. Responsive to exceed those expectations. Enthusiastic to deliver on time and stand behind every repair. We truly value the trust of our customers. Our credibility means more to us than a few extra dollars. It’s a big deal to us! It also makes a big difference for our employees to know that they can count on us, and trust us to stand behind our word. Sometimes they just need to know that we have their backs. Trust is fundamental to our business, and we have worked diligently to build that trust in the community. Secondly, we know that having a car accident is a bad experience. We know that nobody has a car accident because they wanted to. We also know it can be a huge hassle, from having to pay a deductible that wasn’t planned for, to the interruption to your schedule, having to deal with a rental car, and more. That’s why we do everything we can to make the experience as easy as possible, and try to alleviate as much of those pressures as we can. From arranging your rental car reservations, to our status updates, to pickup and delivery service, we wish to make this easy for you. Thirdly, as you read in Matt’s article, we’re committed to continuous improvement as well as continued education and green initiatives. Our vehicles are changing, from the technology that is in them to the materials that are used to construct them. That’s why at Baker, we stay ahead of the curve. Fourthly, there really nothing worse than telling someone what you expect and they either don’t pay attention, don’t respond, or don’t care. It’s our goal to truly listen, to investigate, to ask the needs, desires, and expectations of all parties that we deal with and then respond, whether it be the insurance company, the vehicle owner, or our employees or our co-workers. Not some half-hearted response, but to respond in a heartfelt fashion and to put all of our best energy into meeting those expectations. When you ask “Why does Baker do all this stuff?” the answer comes full circle back to our acronym, and the answer is simply: we care. We’re here to serve, and the opportunity in which we have been blessed to serve just happens to be the collision repair business. We’re here for you, and we care.

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Pastor Ken Jumper The Harvest

Ever put something down and forget to pick it back up? In other words: Now, I know I had those keys a minute ago. Or: Oh man, I had that book in my hand but now that I’m at the office — where is it? Ahhh, I left it at home! The mantra for every new year seems to be “Let ol’ acquaintance be forgot.” Or, if you’re a Christian, you quote Philippians 4:13 and say, “Forgetting those things that are behind . . .” Hallelujah! I agree, and I’m excited about putting the old behind and welcoming in a new year. But let me ask a different kind of question: what do you need to remember to bring into 2014? What do you need to be sure to bring forward — those valuable habits and attitudes that you surely do not need to forget? As I try to leave the house each morning, my experience has been that when I pick up something else I need for the day, I tend to put something down that I should also bring along such as my bank deposit, my umbrella — well, you get the idea. What “good and necessary things” have you left behind that you should bring with you into the new year? Maybe it’s a Bible-reading habit that you put on the shelf several months ago. Or perhaps it was attending church with family and friends? Something you once viewed as important that had real value, like a positive friendship that was budding but somehow got dropped along the way. I would encourage each of us to do a quick check: keys, wallet, that report that’s due — and a few deeper things as well. Let’s be sure we have everything we need in hand for a successful and prosperous new year. Good idea, don’t you think? I believe so. Now where did I put my glasses? Follow Pastor Ken on Twitter at @pkharvest The Harvest • 4865 Sunset Blvd. Lexington, SC 29072 • 808-6373 • Saturdays: 6 p.m. (378 campus) Sundays: 378 campus 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and Noon Whiteford and Northeast campuses, 10:30 a.m.

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A new year means new resolutions. Maybe yours is to spend more quality time with family and friends. Maybe you want to learn something new. Or perhaps you want to spend more time outdoors or being active. This is the year to follow through on those resolutions and discover boating, an activity that can fulfill all of the above. More than 88 million Americans get on board with boating each year. It not only creates priceless memories with loved ones, it helps kids and adults disconnect from technology and reconnect on the water. In fact, more than half of Americans say getting out on a boat is one of the best ways to bond with family, according to a 2012 survey by Discover Boating and Kelton Research. If boating is on your radar, getting started can be easy. Ring in 2014 by shopping a local boat show to learn more about what, when, where and how

to fish, sail, wakeboard, ride personal watercraft, cruise and more. Throughout the winter and spring, hundreds of boat shows are held around the country

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Boat shows are a buying environment with hundreds of new-year models at special show pricing. Use these tips to get the most out of your experience: n Find your virtual dreamboat. Before visiting a boat show, you’ll want to know which boats to shop. Start your search online with DiscoverBoating. com’s Boat Selector to identify which boat types fit your lifestyle, interests and budget. Plug in your preferences for onwater activities, number of passengers, boat length, price range, and propulsion to narrow down boat options before leaving home. n Make the most of show pricing. It helps to know what fits in your budget before shopping a show. Use an online boat loan calculator to estimate monthly payments, which can be as low as $250 a month or less. Since one of the best times to buy a boat is at a boat show, exhibitors generally offer special show

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pricing and other incentives during the winter season. n Learn the ropes. Boat shows provide opportunities for beginners to learn about getting on the water, and experienced captains to hone their skills. Look for shows offering interactive workshops and seminars including knot-tying, DIY boat maintenance and docking. It’s not only fun to learn new skills, but smart to take advantage of the onsite training boat shows offer usually at little to no cost. n Bring the whole family. More than a shopper’s paradise, there’s fun to be had by everyone. Boat shows often offer free activities to keep the kids entertained, including fishing, paddle sports, sailing simulators and more. Plus, it

helps to make boat buying a family decision, keeping in mind what activities will appeal most to the kids and the adults. n Look for the seal of approval. When shopping for a boat at a show, online or at a dealership, always check to make sure it is certified by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA). An NMMA Certified seal means a boat has met strict industry standards for safety and construction and federal regulations, ensuring the best quality to the buyer. Look for the NMMA certified sticker near the helm, and find a full list of certified boat manufacturers at This year, keep that New Year’s resolution to get on the water and have some fun. Whether in the market for a boat or just curious about the boating lifestyle, the first step toward keeping that resolution is to visit Columbia’s own local boat show this winter. n

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A Healthy New Year

Tips to Achieve Wholesome Health in 2014 by Kristen Carter

You’re all too familiar with that one, dreaded moment when the festivities end. It hits you every year like a bad hangover. You promise yourself that once the last sip of eggnog has been guzzled and the cookie jar has been emptied, you’ll get healthy. But what does healthy mean? We’re bombarded with visions of steel abdominal muscles and gazelle-like limbs. For most people, however, achieving health can’t be reduced to a lower health club membership deal or a dieting pill. Rather, the road to health is a lifelong journey encompassing mind, body and spirit. That said, there are manageable steps you can take in your daily life to experience and sustain a healthier, balanced lifestyle. Consider these tips for a healthy new year: • Everything in moderation. Rather than swing between extremes, try to get into an easy routine and listen to your body. Be active, but also know when to rest. Eat healthy foods, but allow yourself the occasional indulgence with no guilt. • Walk daily. Walking burns calories without putting strain on your joints. A nice long walk also allows for some quiet time to process your emotions and the events of the day.

• Floss your teeth. Flossing your teeth prevents plague, which creates a toxin that your body has to work hard to fight, ultimately freeing up your immune system to fight other ailments. • Eat a variety of fruits and veggies. This is a no-brainer — just do it. Fruits and vegetables provide essential vitamins, antioxidants and other nutrients to keep people healthy. Studies have also linked eating more produce with improved mood. • Drink more water. You should drink eight glasses of water per day to stay hydrated, keeping the gears of your body detoxified and in motion. • Choose whole grains. Dietary fiber from whole grains or other foods may help reduce blood cholesterol levels and may lower your risk of heart disease, obesity and type 2 diabetes. Whole grain foods such as popcorn, brown rice, whole-wheat pasta and cereals help provide a feeling of fullness with fewer calories. “While it’s very important to eat well and exercise, being healthy doesn’t have to mean pushing ourselves to physical extremes,” says Amy Fischl, a registered dietitian at the University of Chicago Kovler Diabetes Center. “There are simple, moderate things we can do to engage our mind, body and spirit, and improve overall health.” Commit to healthier habits today, and have a healthy, happy new year! n January 2014 | LEXINGTON LIFE | 23

Buffalo Chicken Crescent Ring 8 ounces cream cheese, softened 1 packet ranch dressing mix 1/2 cup celery, finely diced 1/2 cup onions, finely diced 1/2 cup Buffalo sauce 2 (6-oz.) packets cooked chicken, very finely diced 2 tubes crescent rolls 1/2 cup ranch dressing (for dipping), optional 1/4 cup scallions, cilantro, or fresh herbs, finely chopped Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a large bowl, combine cream cheese, ranch dressing mix, celery, onions, Buffalo sauce, and chicken. Open the tubes of crescent rolls and separate each roll into four rectangles. Lay the rectangles on a parchment lined or nonstick baking sheet to form a large circle. Spoon chicken mixture into the center of the crescent dough ring. Fold the top of each crescent dough rectangle over the chicken filling, pressing in place to secure. Bake in preheated oven for 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown. Allow to cool slightly before serving. If desired, garnish with chopped scallions, cilantro, or other herbs.

Crunchy Munchy Balls 1/2 cup light corn syrup 1/2 cup sugar (or Splenda) 1/4 cup light margarine 1 tsp. vanilla 1/2 tsp. baking soda 1/2 tsp. salt 4 cups Rice Chex cereal 1 cup pecans, chopped 1 cup coconut (optional) In a large saucepan. combine corn syrup, sugar (or Splenda), and margarine. Heat over medium high heat and bring to a boil for 2-3 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove caramel from the heat and add vanilla, baking soda, and salt. Pour Rice Chex and pecans (and coconut, if desired) in a large bowl. Drizzle caramel mixture

over the cereal. Toss to coat. Allow the mixture to cool for 3-5 minutes, then press into 8 to 10 three-inch balls. Cool completely before enjoying this 200-calorie treat! “Healthified� Macaroni and Cheese 2 cups (8-oz.) uncooked regular or whole wheat elbow macaroni 2 cups fat-free (skim) milk 3 Tbsp. all-purpose flour 1 tsp. Dijon mustard 1/4 tsp. salt 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper 1/8 tsp. ground red pepper (cayenne) 2 cups (8-oz.) shredded reduced-fat sharp Cheddar cheese In a 3-quart saucepan, cook and drain macaroni as directed on package. Return to saucepan; cover to keep warm. Meanwhile, heat oven to 350. Spray 8-inch square (2-quart) glass baking dish with cooking spray. In 2-quart saucepan, stir milk, flour, mustard, salt, black pepper and red pepper with wire whisk until smooth. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture boils and thickens. Remove from heat. Stir in cheese until melted. Add cheese sauce to cooked macaroni; mix well. Spoon into baking dish. Bake 20 to 25 minutes, or until edges are bubbly.


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The True Power of a What is it about a seed? A preacher once told us that scientists had synthesized every part of a seed in the laboratory. They just couldn’t figure out how to make it grow. How can something so tiny be so powerful? One day the State boys resurfaced my road. Could we survive hot asphalt covering and a steamroller smashing? The next day, grass popped through cracks in that brand new road. The mightiest city would return to forest if left alone for a few years. There is more to this power of roadside plants than one can see from a car window. Even the window box gardener sees the world created around a group of

plants. Little critters materialize in unvisited corners of flowerbeds. Fencerows teem with unseen life. A seed contains the power to reproduce itself. Its sprouting gives life to other things. Weeds are the most highly evolved in the plant world. They will ultimately win out over any attempts of control. If we had any sense we would learn how to make useful items from weeds. All seeds share basic qualities. Who can resist yawning when another person yawns? This sympathetic reaction is the weeds on the side of the human road. One little yawn yields a pack of yawns. In moments a roomful of people need a nap. The initial yawn gives life to a completely different thought than the subject at hand. The leader of the meeting is forgotten. All minds turn to slumber. If Billy Graham yawned midway through a sermon, an entire stadium full of folks would keel over. The yawn is highly evolved. It just needs a chance. The most highly evolved seed is a smile. While there are some mighty smile-resistant folks, few can resist returning a smile. We all know people who constantly make others smile. Think of the seeds they sow.

The infectious nature of a good healthy grin will always overpower the sour outlook. This may admittedly take a while for some folks. When a field is left untended, thorns take over. It’s hard for a smile to take root. But once it does, the field of thorns will be transformed. Every seed contains the hope gene. Along with the emerging sprout is a branch of this mysterious thing. This is the true power of a seed. We watch as the sun goes down. We walk out again on a beautiful morning and gaze at a sprouted world. We think we’re alone. If we listen close during those times of solitude, we’ll hear evidence of being watched. Frogs croak down in the branch. Birds talk over the fencerow. A dog runs towards us. Winds rustle the leaves. These sounds are nothing more than the laughter of One who delights in the sprouting of seeds everywhere. Surely God views all of creation as a great big field. The way things work in the dirt are examples of what happens when we tend the seeds planted deep within us. n

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Teaching Pastor David Kizziah describes the vision of Columbia Crossroads Church this way: “We believe that the God we serve is so grand and good that the wonder of who He is deserves to be seen often by every man, woman, and child in our counties, our state, our nation, and the world.” He goes on to emphasize the importance of each person fulfilling their ministry goals. “The way God has chosen to reveal his grandness and goodness is through the lives of his people. We want to help our people be able to demonstrate who God is to the people they work, live, and play with.” Columbia Crossroads recognizes the diversity within their congregation and ministry context. Their goal is to equip their congregation to minister in their spheres of influence, as well as providing opportunities for the entire congregation to partner in. Three unique ways Crossroads serves their own sphere of influence — the Greater Columbia area — are through their involvement with the prison system, partnership with local crisis pregnancy centers, and assistance in mentoring students at Seven Oaks Elementary School. Crossroads’ involvement with the South Carolina prison system is extensive. Their ministry to incarcerated men includes regular Bible study and discipleship opportunities, and extends after release from prison with continued mentoring through the Stand in the Gap program. Their ministry to women includes a weekly boot camp and Bible study, which is a combined exercise class and mentoring time, as well as Redemption House: a place of refuge and reflection for women who have just been released from prison. Crossroads partners with two local crisis pregnancy centers: Crisis Pregnancy Center of Lake Murray, and Daybreak Crisis Pregnancy Center. Their involvement helps provide counseling, support and community for women in a difficult situation. Volun-

teers who serve in this ministry are often overwhelmed with how a seemingly small time investment produces such profound, life-changing, and life-saving results. The mentoring program at Seven Oaks Elementary began in September of 2012. The school is located across the street from Crossroads’ St. Andrews campus, and the program allows members to be involved in the daily lives of children in their neighborhood. Facilitated by school administrators, the one-on-one mentoring program provides adult role models for the students it serves. Church membership is not required for participation in these ministries. If you’re interested, please contact the church office for more information. The staff would love to help you discover more about who God is and, by doing that, guide you towards the best ministry opportunity. n



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n today’s casual and hectic world, formality and ritual are rare events. Only occasionally is a person called on to plan and carry out a formal ceremony outside the realm of everyday life. When such a moment arrives, knowing where to turn for help can make the difference between a successful occasion or an unsatisfactory one. Martha Rose Wise compares the service she offers at White Rose Crossing with the help given by wedding planners. At White Rose, expert assistance is on tap at the time that a funeral must be planned. Unlike wedding plans, which often occupy planners for as much as a year ahead of time, the organizing of a funeral must be accomplished usually in just a few days. Unlike the joyous exhilaration of a wedding, funerals take place at a time of stress, raw emotion and grief. Never can expert help be more appreciated than when a family dealing with loss has to face decisions on unfamiliar matters. “I think of this as my calling,” says Martha. “We are not a funeral home. We work with the family to handle the personalization of the service. This is the last thing you will do for your loved one - shouldn’t it be a reflection of who they were?” The list of things which must be decided for a funeral can be overwhelming: venue, officiants, flowers, music, food, casket, funeral home selection, and myriad details not immediately apparent. A family may be active in a local church or not. A military affiliation might call for special plans, as well as an ethnic background which is unusual. If the death was sudden, premature, or mysterious, it can be hard to focus on the details of a funeral. Martha Wise’s goal is to relieve the stress for the family by offering suitable arrangements no matter what the circumstances. She came to this decision in part due to the death of her mother,

Elouise Fore, and the necessary arrangements. “My mother had a long period of illness with declining health and abilities,” she says. “I had plenty of time to plan for her funeral, and I wanted people to remember the vibrant, active woman she had been before dementia set in. I have been to funerals which seemed impersonal, as though they could have applied to any person. I wanted hers to reflect her personality. “One way I express this is, No Regrets. How many times has a family looked back and said, ‘I wish we had done this,’ or ‘I wish we had known that was available.’ Let me help plan a moment which expresses exactly what you want.” Elouise Fore ran the shop Forever Antiques in Lexington for many years. Her daughter Martha offers a charming Victorian house gift shop with some antiques as well as other gift items that can serve as mementos for loved ones. She welcomes local artists, who may display their work at White Rose. She also carries unique clothing, antiques, Christian jewelry, accessories and original wreaths. A variety of items are available, including biodegradable (green) caskets, urns and pet caskets. This historic Victorian house is also available for venues for showers, parties, business meetings, family visitations and more. Catering and other food service may occupy a central role when relatives gather for a funeral. These are the kinds of details which White Rose can arrange, and Martha also undertakes more untraditional help such as helping buy appropriate clothing for family members, and booking special commemoratives such as doves or balloons. She has owned and operated a vintage clothing store, a Western store, and she still owns Wise Insurance Agency a few blocks down from White Rose Crossing on Meeting Street in West Columbia. Now she looks forward to this new chapter in her life, serving her friends and neighbors in the Midlands area.

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