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Stuff the Truck helps food pantry

Patty Finney photos

ELGIN HIGH SCHOOL senior, Collin Sheehan, took some time to donate to the Elgin Community Cupboard. Stuff the Truck filled a truck in Elgin and raised nearly $300 in cash. Pictured are Dick Miller, Elgin Community Cupboard, Sheehan, Jan Raby, Elgin Community Cupboard and Lost Pines Toyota owner and sponsor, Carlos Liriano. Sheehan is the son of Yvette and Stoney Horn.

STUFF THE TRUCK was successful at the Elgin HEB over the weekend. Lost Pines Toyota sponsored the event to gather food and money for the Elgin Community Cupboard. Pictured are (l-r) Beverly Malke, Lost Pines Toyota; Dick Miller, Elgin Community Cupboard; Tracy Lechler, HEB Unit Director; Jan Raby and Carolyn Lanford, Elgin Community Cupboard and Carlos Liriano, Lost Pines Toyota owner.

St. Peter’s presents “Celebrating the Seasons” On Sat., November 9, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., the Women of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 401 East Eighth Street will present their annual gift to the community: Celebrating the Seasons. The community is invited to the church hall to view a display of special dishes and glassware as well as table decorations celebrating the four seasons. Organized by the seasons of the year, this display is created by the women of the church for the enjoyment of the community as a fun, fellowshipfilled way to kick off the holiday season. Reminding everyone of the biblical reminder “to

Swap Ornaments at Library The Elgin Public Library hosts a fun Christmas ornament swap on Saturday, November 16, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Bring Christmas ornaments, trimmings and more to the Civic Center in the library. See what others have brought and see if it will go with the new theme in mind for Christmas. Any leftover decorations will be given to Advocacy Outreach to brighten other families’ homes this season. This program is part of the Maximizing Your Dollars Series, funded by the Texas Book Festival.

Advocacy Outreach needs sponsors for Christmas The season of giving begins.....

Advocacy Outreach will offer their ‘Gift Card’ Christmas program again this year for families needing assistance. “Right now I’m asking for sponsors,” said Patsy Hoffman, program manager. Sponsors may purchase the gift cards and bring

them to Hoffman at Advocacy Outreach, or they can donate the money and she will purchase the cards. “They may spend whatever their budget allows and get a receipt for tax deduction if they choose to,” she added. “All the gift cards go into a ‘general fund’ and are divided

among the request families according to size.” “I need sponsor contributions by Friday, November 22,” said Hoffman. “That gives me enough time to know exactly how many families we can help. Qualified families will sign-up the first week in December and get their

cards on a designated day close to Christmas. Many families have very little or no money at all to spend on Christmas gifts and sponsor assistance is greatly appreciated. To sponsor or for more information call Hoffman at (512) 281-4180.

Elgin Ministerial Alliance plans Thanksgiving worship

Come and join sisters and brothers in Christ at the Elgin Ministerial Alliance Community Thanksgiving worship service on Sunday, November 24, 7 p.m. It will be held at First United Methodist Church in Elgin, 216 W. Third Street. The Word of God will be proclaimed through scripture, preaching, and music

Library programs entertain all ages

The Elgin Public Library has regular programs for children, teens and adults. Storytime for children ages two to five is held every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. Lapsit for younger children, newborn to age two, is held every Tuesday at 10:45 a.m. Arts and Crafts Day is every Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. Family Movie Night is every third Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. TGIF Movies are held on the third Friday with the Afternoon Classic at 1 p.m. and the Teen Thriller at 4 p.m. The library is located at 404 North Main St. Regular hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. The library is closed Sunday and Monday.

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by local church choirs and the gathered congregation. The offering for the evening will support the ministry of the Elgin Ministerial Alliance, serving those who are in need in the Elgin community. Each month the EMA helps those they can by providing indirect financial support primarily for utility bills, such as elec-

tric, water and natural gas. Throughout the year, local churches and individuals give donations to support the efforts of the EMA to care for "the least of these," as Jesus has called people to do. The Annual Community Thanksgiving Worship Service provides EMA with its main source of funding for the year, so

please support the community and join them November 24 for worship and fellowship together. The Elgin Ministerial Alliance is a ministry organization that all local church leaders are invited to participate in; they meet at 10:45 a.m. on the second Tuesday of the month at the First United Methodist church.

community to count its blessings year round. For more information please contact Fay Jordan, 512-913-0701.

everything there is a season under heaven.” In addition to the displays, there will be refreshments and a Christmas Boutique for shopping. This open house gathering welcomes all members of the Elgin

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