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The Light of the World

Paul Meredith

addition to the well-known I n“Christmas” narratives like

those in Matthew and Luke, there are many individual verses scattered throughout the Bible that also speak of the Savior coming into the world. One such verse is Isaiah 9:2: The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined. In Matthew 4, we learn that this verse is about Jesus, the Messiah. It is a prophecy that He would come into the world and live and minister in Galilee, a region of Israel that had been dominated for centuries by spiritual darkness and death. Jesus, of course, fulfilled that prophecy. He was indeed “a great light” that “shined” not only in the region of Galilee but everywhere He went when He was here on earth. Once we understand this verse is about Jesus coming into the world, we immediately see it has a broader

application to all men everywhere, especially to believers. Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life” (John 8:12). As His followers, we recognize that this great verse in Isaiah is not just about the people in Galilee at the time of Christ. It is about us, too! We are the people who were in spiritual darkness. We are the people who dwell in the land of the shadow of death. But we are also the people whose spiritual eyes have been opened to see the Great Light, Jesus Christ, who entered this world to die for our sins on the cross and purchase our salvation. His glorious light has shined in our hearts to dispel the darkness! In 2 Corinthians 4, we find this tremendous statement about the Light of God’s salvation: If our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath The Light of the World continued on page (3)

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Country Christmas weekend begins. Starting on Friday, December 2nd at 7:00 p.m. the Annual Christmas Tree Lighting will be held at the center of town on Highway 90 next to Rapid Tax. Come see Santa light the tree, ride the Christmas train, and enjoy all the games and entertainment. Children are encouraged to be there, as there will be activities for them as well. Saturday, December 3rd there will be crafts and vendors located in the State Farm Insurance parking

lot during the day. Beginning at 7:00 p.m. the Spectacular Parade of Lights filled with floats and participants from many of our local businesses and organizations will fill the streets of Grand Bay along with thousands of people from our communities to take part in the enjoyment of the parade. Get your place early and come and enjoy the refreshments and food along the parade route and the activities at the town center. Many of the sponsors will be setup or have booth’s along the route offering refreshments and door prizes.


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We have plenty of fresh air and a beautiful selection of Christmas trees. Please bring this letter for a $2.00 discount on any tree purchase. We hope you will make plans to visit Ramsay Farms and make us a part of your family tradition. The Azalea Trail Maids will be making an appearance at the farm on Sat., Dec. 3 from 11-3

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Every year, over 200 senior adults from Grand Bay and surrounding communities join together on the Thursday before Thanksgiving for a meal and a time of fellowship. Started from a desire in a small class meeting in 1974 by Marie Brooks, the Community Senior Adult Thanksgiving Meal was born. Marie’s desire that all senior adults from South Mobile County would get together for a thanksgiving meal would grow into something that has people arriving an hour or two early to get a perfect spot for the meal and door prize giveaway. This popular event is held at Friendship

Take I-10 East to Exit 4 - Grand Bay Go North to Old Pascagoula Take a right and travel East (1.5 miles) Turn right onto Ramsay Road (1.5 miles) Cross I-10 overpass and farm will be immediately on left Farm is located at 9209 Ramsay Road between I-10 and Hwy 90 in Grand Bay

From Alabama: Take I-10 West to Exit 10 - Bayou la Batre/ Dawes Go North to Old Pascagoula Take a left and travel West (4.5 miles) Turn left onto Ramsay Road (1.5 miles) Cross I-10 overpass and farm will be immediately on left Farm is located at 9209 Ramsay Road

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Baptist Church, where volunteers serve a homemade traditional Thanksgiving meal, conduct a small worship service, and do a free raffle for their attendees. This year, there were 225 guests not including all the volunteers, and over 80 gifts ranging from scarves and soups to gift cards and blankets were also donated and raffled. The Grand Bay Convalescent Home reserved two tables as they have done in years gone by and the residents who were able to attend had a wonderful time. Grand Bay local, Jennifer Brown led the crowd through worship in song and an Alabama football veteran, A. B. “Bubba” Sawyer from First Baptist Church in Fairhope, shared experiences and scripture commemorating the Thanksgiving holiday. All the food is prepared by volunteers, mainly

from Friendship Baptist, but open to others in the community. Many bring desserts to donate to the meal as well as sweet potato casserole and cranberries. Once everyone was stuffed with turkey, casseroles, and dessert, many ventured over to the church fellowship hall where Brother Jerry Hovel had a beautiful display of paintings, done by his art students this past year. Brother Jerry, Associate Pastor of Friendship Baptist Church, is a very skilled artist that uses his gift of teaching and art to teach others how to do some of the type of artwork he creates. His artwork has been featured in various places around Mobile with one of the main places being the recently moved Von’s Restaurant. Other prints of his can be found in the Grand Bay Post Office. As always the South Mobile County senior adults departed the 42nd Annual Senior Adult Thanksgiving Meal feeling

grateful, thankful and blessed. Many have already commented on their excitement to join together again next year.

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The Light of the World continued from page 1 blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them . . . For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. There’s an old hymn that many churches sang years ago. The words to that hymn go like this: The whole world was lost in the darkness of sin, The Light of the world is Jesus!

Like sunshine at noonday, His glory shone in; The Light of the world is Jesus! Refrain: Come to the Light, ’tis shining for thee; Sweetly the Light has dawned upon me; Once I was blind, but now I can see: The Light of the world is Jesus! This year when you see the Christmas lights, let them remind you that Jesus is the Light of the world. And if you’ve never trusted Him for your salvation, what a wonderful time of the year to come to the Light and be saved!

Schedule of Events EVENTS AT THE CENTER OF TOWN Friday, December 2nd – COMMUNITY OPEN HOUSE • Visit with Santa, Games, Entertainment, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. • Christmas Tree Lighting and Santa at 7:00 p.m. Saturday, December 3rd - COMMUNITY OPEN HOUSE • Arts & Crafts & Vendors - 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. • Spectacular Parade of Lights at 7:00 p.m. EVENTS AT THE GRAND BAY COMMUNITY CENTER Saturday, December 3rd • Mr. & Miss Country Christmas Pageant - Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. and the contest starts at 9:30 a.m. • Milk and Cookies with Santa 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Saturday, December 10th • Pancakes and Pajama Party with Santa 9:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Merry Christmas from Grand Bay’s newest church!

Grace Baptist Church From our church family to you and your family: We wish you a Merry Christmas! At this season of the year, we pray you will know and experience the true peace that comes from knowing The Prince of Peace For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace Isaiah 9:6

Please come be with us: You are invited to our Christmas dinner after the worship service on December 18th. For more information call: 251-583-7930 Paul Meredith, Pastor Sunday Schedule: Bible Study - 10:00 Worship Service - 11:00 The new church is currently meeting in the building where Faith Baptist Church previously met: Corner of Pecan and Border Streets in Grand Bay Just down the street from Grand Bay Middle School

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CITIZENS OF A BETTER GRAND BAY DECEMBER EVENTS

DECEMBER 2-3: Grand Bay’s Country Christmas (See schedule above) Wales West in Silverhill Trip: On December 7th the Grand Bay Senior Participants and Friends are invited to Wales West in Silverhill, AL. There is a train ride, Christmas lights, hot beverages, and refreshments. Cost is $15.00 Join us for this special discounted event. 3:30 p.m. departure time from the Grand Bay Community Center. Call Diana (251) 865-4010 for more information. Pancakes and Pajama Party with Santa: December 10th from 9:00 – 11:30 a.m. Come in your jammies to the Grand Bay Community Center at 11610 Highway 90 Grand Bay, AL 36541. A Christmas Expo: December 17th from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the Grand Bay Community Center, the Alma Bryant Musical Theater and Kickin Cane Dancers will perform Christmas Skits, Christmas Songs and dances. Tickets: Adults $10 in advance $12 at the door. $5 Children under 12. Concessions available.

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Lisa Turrentine Tips from our Staff

How we select stocks With more than 65,000 stocks available around the world, it can be difficult to select the right ones for you. At Edward Jones, we are very selective about the types of stocks we recommend. We use a disciplined approach to find those that align with

into shares in that industry. When the bubble bursts, these investors lose their principal. Spreading your money among many different sectors can help reduce your risk. Here are our suggestions for your stock allocation (see chart 1)

Winter Maintenance For Your Home The comforts of a cozy, warm home in winter can help you forget about the short days and the multiple layers of clothing. Following a maintenance schedule throughout the year will certainly benefit you in the winter, but be aware of the hazards the cold conditions can bring to your home. These guidelines can help you weather the winter season with a well-maintained home. Be Energy Efficient

our investment philosophy and recommend you stick with quality, diversify and invest for the long term. Quality – our dos and don’ts Because we are committed to quality investments, we don’t promote the hottest, newest stock you heard about on TV last night. Over time, we’ve found that most people who go down that path are disappointed. That’s why you may actually hear your financial advisor say “no.” There are investments we just won’t sell, we believe there’s too much risk. Here’s why we believe in quality: Total Stock Returns – Companies that we believe can produce both current dividends and long-term dividend growth offer greater consistency and less volatility than lower-quality, non-dividend-paying stocks. Resilience in Down Markets – Standard & Poor’s (S&P) defines quality rankings (using a rating system of A through D, from high to low) for individual stocks. The ratings are based primarily on the consistency of a company’s earnings and dividend growth during the past 10 years. We believe higher-quality companies (B+ and higher) usually are able to generate more consistent earnings and dividend growth. Historically, this has helped them perform better during down markets.* Diversification – don’t put all your eggs in one basket Diversification is a strategy to help make sure your investments aren’t concentrated in a certain type or area. For example, an industry can experience a “bubble” where stocks become overpriced and don’t really have any track record to speak of. But thousands of investors may put a huge amount of their stock money

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Long-term perspective – time can be on your side Quality and diversification work only if you hold your investments through both good and bad markets. Even quality stocks can go down if the market drops, which may cause you to second-guess your strategy. Don’t. Remember why you’re investing, and talk with your financial advisor. Take a look at this chart that shows different holding periods. As the holding period gets longer, the swings between the “best” and the “worst” get less and less dramatic. For example, during the five-year holding period, the worst decline was over 6%, but that is significantly better than the decline of 43% for the oneyear holding period. Hold stocks for 10 years and see what an even greater difference time can make. And during a 20-year time frame, the worst period resulted in a gain of 6.4%. Don’t lose sight of the importance of time. Focus on the long term and remain disciplined during short-term market volatility. Systematically invest – Try to invest regularly when you have the money available. Don’t wait for the “perfect” time to put money in the stock market. This strategy allows you to buy more shares when prices are lower and fewer shares when prices are higher. This is the best way we know to “buy low.” Reinvest dividends – If you don’t need the income, reinvest your dividends into the same or another investment – whatever is appropriate. This can help build up the number of shares you own in either stocks or mutual funds. That way, when the market is down, you are buying more shares.

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Since your heating system will be running constantly throughout the winter, remember to change out your HVAC filters every month. Inspect the insulation in your attic and crawlspace. Warm air rises and leaves the house through the roof, so you should focus on insulation in your ceilings. Seal areas around recessed lights, the attic hatch, and plumbing vents that may be allowing warm air from the living space below to enter the attic. Proper attic ventilation, adequate attic insulation, and a tight air barrier between the attic and the interior of the house will work together to prevent ice dams. If you don’t have double-paned windows, remove the screens and install storm windows to ensure that the heat stays in and the cold stays out. If you’re on a tight budget, pick up an inexpensive plastic-film sheet kit from your local hardware store. These will only last one season, but they do help with energy efficiency and are able to halt the cold flow of winter drafts. If you have a fireplace, burning firewood is another way to save energy costs. When you use the fireplace, reduce heat loss by opening dampers in the bottom of the firebox (if provided) or open the nearest window slightly – about an inch – and close doors leading into the room. That will prevent the fire from drawing warm air out of the rest of the house and replacing it with cold air. And remember to store your firewood in a dry place at least 30 feet from your home to avoid a fire hazard. Protect Your Pipes Pipes located in attics, crawl spaces, basements, and near outer walls can be susceptible to freezing in extreme temperatures. When the forecast calls for unusually cold temperatures, let water drip from hot and cold faucets overnight. Also try keeping cabinet doors open to allow warm air to circulate in places like below sinks. If you open the cabinet doors, be sure to remove anything inside the cabinets that may pose

a safety to hazard to children, such as household cleaners. For exposed pipes in your attic, basement, or crawlspaces, add extra insulation around them. View the tips to avoid frozen pipes for more information. Be Ready For An Emergency

Blackouts and snow-ins can occur during winter months, so take a moment to prepare yourself and your family for such emergencies. Having the following items ready will help you make it through safely. • Flashlights • Bottled water • Nonperishable food items • Blankets • Phone numbers for your utility companies • Battery backup to protect your computer and other important electronic equipment • First-aid kit If you have an emergency generator, make sure you have gasoline stored and available to fuel it. Holiday Decorations

’Tis the season to be festive, but remember to stay safe with your holiday decorations. Inspect the wires of your light display before switching them on: They may be frayed and present an electrical fire hazard. Same goes for the Christmas tree inside; always check the light strands for any sign of wearand-tear from being in storage. If you have a real Christmas tree, keep it watered, since dry trees catch fire easier. Check with your local municipality for instructions on how to dispose of the tree once the new year arrives. Winter Yard Care

Even with the cold weather conditions, your yard still needs to be maintained. Make sure tree and shrub branches are well away from the house and windows. Icy conditions can cause branches to break and damage your home. Walk around your home and survey the roof to see if any ice dams have formed; call a contractor if you suspect this is the case. As you walk around your house, check the foundation for small cracks or openings where mice or other pests can tunnel in. Winter is when they seek the warmth of your house, so seal up any possible entrances. While you’re outside, clear snow off gas meters and away from basement windows and your dryer exhaust vent.

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Jesus is the reason for the Season. May God Bless!

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Merry Christmas from your friends at Ramsay Farms

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Thank you to our Customers. Keep Christ in Christmas

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Ask the Pharmacist Ross Hatcher, Pharm.D.

Q: Why are there drug recalls? are recalled as a way to A: Drugs protect the public from FDA-

regulated products that are found to be potentially harmful or defective in some way. Recalls are categorized in the following three ways. • Class III: These generally occur with products that have a low risk of causing adverse health issues, but contain labeling or packaging that does not follow FDA regulations. Manufacturers often do these voluntarily. • Class II: These typically occur with products that may be slightly off with dosing, but would not pose any serious health risks. They are sometimes also done when a manufacturer misses a minor step in the manufacturing process. • Class I: This is the most serious type of recall. These occur when products pose significant health risks to patients that have been exposed to them. This can include problems such as drugs containing highrisk contaminants or incorrect labeling on certain life-saving drugs. You can visit recalls.gov for the latest information on recalls of drugs from the Food and Drug Administration.

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purposes and can not be considered conclusive without consulting with a physician for diagnosis and treatment. Any information contained here is not a substitute for medical advice and may be outdated, invalid, or subject to debate. If you are in need or immediate medical attention, contact your physician or call 911. If you need to speak to a pharmacist, call Grand Bay Pharmacy at (251) 865-5555.

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Thwarting the Threat of Shopping Online

Chris Taylor | The Connection

As technology becomes more accessible for all age groups more and more brick and mortar stores are looking to sell products online. Many small businesses in the past couple of years have strictly focused on the free means of online social media to grow their business and sell to customers online. Amazon, one of the largest growing companies in the stock market, strictly sells their products online and gives incentives for people to sign up for their VIP type service and offers things like, Free 2-day shipping and online video streaming. Maybe you are one of those subscribers or maybe you are one of those that are still weary of putting your information on the Internet, either way you will find easy applicable ways in the following to help you stay secure online.

website URL being like this: http:// www.example.com. You may use just www, but the url always has the http attached to it even if it is not shown. A website that has an SSL Certificate begins it’s URL with https, with the “s” signifying that it has an SSL certificate. On some web browsers you can even see a lock icon that shows it is secure.

One of the misconceptions about the Internet is that “Everyone has access to your information.” Security in the early days of the Internet was very poor as many companies in the past did not have the experience to be able to make their websites secure from hackers. One of the greatest things that happened to help secure the Internet is what is called SSL Certificates (Secure Sockets Layer). What the SSL does is encrypt your connection and information shared with the website so that no one else can see it or have access to it. Websites that sell products online, and take credit cards, are required to have this in place to help secure the customers information. Even the main social media website like Facebook and Instagram have SSL certificates. Most people are use to a

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then you do not want to purchase from them as their site could potentially be compromised. Here is an extra step for those advanced online shoppers, Use PayPal. You

or Instagram. When purchasing products from companies through Facebook or Instagram make sure to follow the steps above and always send private messages when sharing

get an added layer of security when you use PayPal to checkout with an online retailer. One, you get the secure connection between the

sensitive information. Even though these private messages are secured behind an SSL certificate, just like the websites that sell online, it is a good practice to delete those messages once payment has been made.

One of the misconceptions about the Internet is that “Everyone has access to your information.”

From someone that has done the majority of their business and purchases online, I believe that if you take these 3 easy steps you can thwart the treat of shopping online. 1. Do your research. This is number one because it is the most important thing when shopping online. Many that have had problems with purchasing online buy from nonreputable companies. If you do not think a company is trustworthy do a simple search on Google and type “Business Name Reviews” in the search box and do some reading. 2. Buy products shipped from the US. One easy way to find out if companies ship their products from the US is to check their contact page on their website. More than likely if they have a US based address and phone number then their products are in the US and can be easily shipped to you. 3. Check the URL for SSL. Even if you go to Facebook you should see the “https” in the URL. If a website does not have an SSL certificate (that “s” in the https)

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You get an added layer of security when you use PayPal to checkout with an online retailer.

website and your browser, but you also get the security of PayPal’s buyer protection that will reimburse you in cases where there is fraud. What about those small businesses that use social media as an outlet to customers? Many of those companies do not have websites to purchase online because of a number of reasons, but do sell products online through Facebook

Are you ready to go shopping online? Always remember the one person that you can trust is yourself. If you still do not feel comfortable purchasing online then stick with the brick and mortar stores, but if this has helped calm some uneasiness, take these steps above and you can be secure while purchasing online and can save a good bit of money as well as time when shopping.

If you require any more information or have any questions about online shopping you are more than welcome to email me at chris@ theconnectionpaper.com

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Dauphin Island Monthly

QUESTIONS & BIBLE ANSWERS

Jeff Collier | Mayor

Taste of Dauphin Island Please join the Dauphin Island Heritage and Arts Council for a “Taste of Dauphin Island” being held on Thursday, December 1, from 6:30 - 9 pm at The Estuarium at Dauphin Island Sea Lab. The event will showcase Island cuisine by Billy Goat Concessions, Dority’s Grill, IR Italian, Islanders Restaurant, JT’s Sunset Grill, May’s Cafe at the Sea Lab, Miguel’s Beach ‘n Baja, and Pirate’s Bar & Grill. Enjoy tasting great food, including crab and corn bisque, gumbo, mini-crab cakes, jambalaya, Cuban pork tacos, chicken and cheese enchiladas, shrimp scampi, steak bites, Oysters Dauphine, bread pudding and many other delectable dishes, along with wine and beer. Then vote for your favorite restaurant to win the “People’s Choice Award”. You’ll also be eligible to win wonderful works of art created and donated by Gallery artists Frank Ledbetter, Perry Zirlott, Benno Kollegger, Regina Kollegger and Joe Sheffield. Live music by Lee Yankee will round out a delightful evening in the fascinating environment of The Estuarium. Proceeds will benefit DIHAC and its programs, including the DI Gallery, Art Club and Summer Art Camp for students at DI Elementary School, “Stirring the Sand” live storytelling

and others. The event is sponsored in part by the Dauphin Island Sea Lab, the participating restaurants, and Greer’s Old Bay Market. Tickets are $40 and available on line at http:// www.DauphinIslandArts.com, or in person at the DI Gallery, The Estuarium Gift Shop, the DI Welcome Center and The First Bank, DI. For more information, call 251/8613300. Annual Dauphin Island Christmas Parade On Saturday, December 3 at 11am the Annual DI Christmas Parade will travel along Bienville Boulevard from Cadillac Square to the Dauphin Island School and you’re invited to join in on the fun! Join us and Old St. Nick for a traditional Christmas Parade to usher in the holiday season. The DI Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony on Saturday, December 10 at 5pm at Water Tower Plaza. Last year’s event was such a huge success the group has decided to make it an annual tradition. Refreshments will be provided and youngsters are invited to come play in the “Snow”! Mark your calendars and join us for these holiday season festivities!

TEACHING UNDENOMINATIONAL CHRISTIANITY Was Christ Really Born On Christmas Day?

Most of the religious world observe Christmas as the birthday of Christ. Others just look upon the day, at least the days preceding and the days following, as another opportunity to make money. To others it is representative of the spirit of benevolence that ought to characterize Christians 365 days per year. But, is it the birthday of Christ? “Now the birth of Jesus was on this wise: when as his mother Mary...was found with child of the Holy Spirit. Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily. .. behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins" (Matthew 1:18-21). The birth of Jesus is to be handled with reverential awe. By faith we are to accept and believe that Jesus was born of a virgin. But one thing is absent in the account of our Lord's birth, and that is the time in which He was born. “And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night” (Luke 2:8). Had it been December 25, it would have been too cold to have the flocks in the field. Therefore, we know he was not born on December 25. Jesus taught the importance of remembering His death rather than His birth. He established the Lord's Supper on the night that He was betrayed (Matt. 26:2629). Paul said: "For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do show the Lord's death till he come" (I Corinthians 11:26). We need to be thankful for His birth, for without Him as the perfect sacrifice there would be no salvation. But, Christmas came from man, not God! ---Charles E. Burch (Send questions or comments to:)

Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas and all the best in 2017!

Down on the Bayou Annette Johnson Christmas has arrived! What a beautiful site to see throughout the Bayou! Thanks to all the local businesses, groups, and individuals that adopted the City of Bayou La Batre Christmas Displays throughout the City! Also, a great big shout out to Mobile County Commissioner, Jerry Carl, and all the volunteers and employees that worked on the project. The lighting of the Community Christmas Tree at Mariner Park on December 2nd and the Bayou La Batre Christmas Parade on December 3rd, rounded out the wonderful holiday experience for all participants. An early Christmas gift arrived on November 15th, when Alabama Governor, Robert Bentley, announced a $6,000,000 Phase I award for the purchase of the property at Lightning Point (near the Bayou La Batre City Docks

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BAYOU LA BATRE AREA EVENTS FIRST BAPTIST BAYOU LA BATRE: December 11th Christmas Concert at 6:00 p.m. (youth cake auction to follow) CHRISTMAS EVENTS in Bayou La Batre: • The City of Bayou La Batre will host a Community Christmas Tree Lighting on Friday December 2nd at 6:30 p.m. This will be held at Mariner Park, located next to the Bayou La Batre Fire Department and Splash Pad. • The Bayou La Batre Christmas Parade will take place on Saturday, December 3rd at 2 p.m. Floats are to line up at Alba Middle School and will depart at Greer’s Market Place. For more information please contact City Council Member George Ramires. • Holiday Fun at the Library Wednesday, December 21st 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. The Bayou la Batre The Bayou La Batre Public Library will be hosting an afternoon of fun; including crafts, story time and a holiday movie! FREE HOT CHOCOLATE! FREE POPCORN! Please feel free to call us at (251) 824-4213 for any questions. COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS PLAY: The Community Play held around the Easter Holiday at the Bayou La Batre Community Center was a huge success! There will be a Christmas Play this year with show dates on December 9th and 10th. If you or your organization would like to take part in this wonderful event please contact Kimberlyn Barbour at (251) 3673806 FREE Bootcamp Classes: Held at the Bayou La Batre Community Center each Monday and Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. Please bring a towel or yoga mat, hand towel and refillable water bottle. This class is for all ages and all activity levels. Monday classes incorporate hand weights. Please bring them if you wish. For more information on this program please call Tammy House at (251) 367-0014 The Bayou La Batre Senior Center is open Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Open to area residents ages 60 and older. For more information on this program and the many services available to help those 60 and older in our area please call (251) 824-4616

IRVINGTON AREA EVENTS CHURCH AT THE BAYOU: • Christmas @ the Bayou: Sunday, December 18th at 10:45 a.m. Join us for “Christmas at the Bayou”- an exciting and intimate worship experience as we celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ! Our worship team and children’s ministries will join together to lead this worship experience for the whole family. •

Christmas Morning Service: Sunday, December 25th at 10:45 a.m. You and your family are invited to worship with us on Christmas Morning as we celebrate the true reason for the Christmas season!

FREEWATER MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH: Located at 11470 Irvington Blb Hwy Irvington, AL 36544 (251) 824-2035 • December 4, 2016 - Christmas Concert @ 3:00 p.m. • December 11, 2016 - Christmas Play @ 3:00 p.m.

Committees, Councilman George Ramires, will serve as chairman over the Community Center and Senior Citizens Committee, Councilman Henry Barnes, will serve as chairman of the BLB Public Works Department Committee and Councilwoman Anna Bosarge, will serve as chairwoman of the BLB Police Department Committee. All council members are available to assist citizens with any concerns that may arise with their respective committees, or any other matters that may concern the city. You may call (251) 824-2171 and leave them a message; they will return your call as soon as possible. Committee meetings are scheduled quarterly and posted at city hall for all those that would like to attend. Congratulations to Alma Bryant High School Ambassador, Haleigh Collier, for her selection to participate in the county-wide,

Girls in Politics Initiative, held at the Mobile Marriott on November 21, 2016. The event was hosted by Mobile County Commissioners Mercia Ludgood, Connie Hudson and Jerry Carl. The event was a grand success for all participants! On a final note…Please take a moment to remember the family of Bayou La Batre Police Sergeant, Gene Lofton, who passed away on October 31st. The family held a beautiful memorial service on November 18th at Irvington Fellowship Bible Church. Sergeant Lofton was a devoted husband to wife, Ashley, and a devoted father to his daughter, Jackie, and step children Blake and Clare Morgan. Many family members, friends and fellow officers paid tribute to Sergeant Lofton during the service, including the performance of the traditional “Taps” and “Final Call.” Job well done Sergeant Lofton…

GRAND BAY AREA EVENTS Friendship Baptist: • Children’s Choir December 11th 6:00 p.m. • Adult Choir December 18th 6:00 p.m. • Christmas Eve Service December 24th 5:00 p.m. • Only one Christmas service December 25th 10:30 a.m. Pine Air Baptist Church: • Sunday, December 18th - Following the Sunday Morning Services, we will be having our annual Christmas Family Dinner. Each family is asked to bring a side and/or a dessert to share. Everyone is invited to attend. • Thursday, December 22nd - Join us for an evening of Christmas Carols by Candlelight Service at 6:00 p.m. • Sunday, December 25th - Christmas Day Service. Sunday School at 10:00 a.m. & Worship Service at 11:00 a.m. There will be no evening services. RECOVERY MINISTRY: First Baptist Church of Grand Bay is hosting weekly meetings for Recovery Ministry for any and all addictions each Tuesday. Meet and greet with light food at 6:30 p.m., go into small groups at 7. People may call the church office to obtain more information - 251-865-4734, 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. M-F. Meetings are free and open to the whole community, you don’t have to attend nor be a member of the church to attend these meetings. The Grand Bay Fire District General Board Meeting: Will be on the first Thursday of each month, and their Regular Board Meeting will be third Thursday of each month, both at 6:30 p.m. To speak at the end of the meeting you must be signed in by 6:15 p.m. Both meetings are open and the public is invited and encouraged to attend. The Independent Order of Odd Fellows Grand Bay Lodge #73: Meets each Monday night at 6:30 p.m. in the Lodge on top of the hill at Odd Fellows Festival Park, Grand Bay, AL. If you are interested in membership please come by the Lodge at 6 p.m. for an application and information about joining this International Fraternal organization, or call 251-865-3456. The Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Martha Rebekah Lodge #29: meets the fourth Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the Lodge on top of the hill at Odd Fellows Festival Park, Grand Bay, AL. If you are interested in membership please come by the Lodge at 6 p.m. for an application and information about joining this International Fraternal organization, or call 251-865-3456.

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ZIRLOTT ROAD UNITED METHODIST CHURCH: • Christmas gathering (dinner and play) 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 10; Midnight Christmas Eve service 11:45 p.m. on Saturday, December 24. The Connection

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