Sunday Newsletter

Dear Sisters,

It’s already December–It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!  The wreath is on my door so I guess my Christmas decorations are up?  Having Thanksgiving so late really puts pressure on getting ready for Christmas!  But we have so many good things to look forward too.

Relief Society Christmas Progressive Dinner

RS Christmas Dinner Invite

First, Relief society Christmas Dinner is Thursday, December 5th.  We will start at 6PM and have a progressive dinner starting at:

Kim Tilton’s for appetizers—813 Blazing Star Garland, Texas 75043

Then it’s off to Kim’s Mom–Lynette Farar for the main course–4502 Horizon Dr Garland, Texas 75043

And finally for desserts at Bishop’s and Melanie McCauley’s house–5201 Lake Forest Rowlett, TX  75088

If you need a ride or better directions please give me a call!  Kim and the Activity Committee have planned a special  night of music, message, and food.

Today’s Relief Society Lesson

Kim Tilton gave a very spiritual lesson on becoming more Christ Like.  We discussed three characteristics that we should emulate:

Compassion, Obedience & Forgiveness

There were some very tender testimonies borne about these three Christ attributes.  Kim closed the lesson by playing a beautiful rendition of “His Image in Your Countenance”. Thank you for the comments and thoughts and especially the spirit that was felt.


We welcomed a new sisters today, Natalia Espinoza and we had visitors from Waxahachie and of course Sister Jackman was visiting her son Steve and their family.  Wonderful having a full Relief Society Room.

The Holiday Season

Sisters as we go into December and get caught up in the holiday frenzy, let us remember to keep Christ in our Christmas.  I have linked a Mormon Message that is good for the entire family and remind us what Christmas is truly about.

Visiting Teaching

There were a few minor changes made to Visit Teaching Routes today.  We have been blessed with many move-ins and saddened to have family move-outs–which means routes are changed.  Kim, Lee, Carolina, and I would like for every sister to have some type of contact this month.  A visit would be great, but we know some sisters do not want visits are on letter routes.  Please make an effort to complete all of your Visit Teaching by visiting, calling or writing letters.  Our ward has  many sisters that are faced with constant challenges, whether it be their health, family, or work.  The Visit Teaching Program is designed to help relieve some of these challenges by being a friend and a resource to our sisters.  I appreciate all that you do and I know our sisters also appreciate this.  If you have any questions about your companion or your sisters please give me a call.  Leah Ketchum our Visiting Teaching Coordinator has been working on the online reporting tool and will send out instructions on how to access it.–I have attached the December Visiting Teaching Message.

Dec 2013 Visiting Teaching Message

Other Calendar Items:

December 8th– is the First Presidency Message at 7 PM–this will be broadcast at the Heath Stake and is on BYU channel also. You can also click here for more information and to find out where you can watch it online as well.

December 14th– 6-8 PM is the ward Christmas Party.  Food sign-ups are by alphabet;  A-E potato Dishes, F-M Salads and N-Z Desserts.  I also will need 5 volunteers to warm up the hams.  There are sign-ups in the binders, but if you do not see the binders, please let me know what you would like to do. Also, Frances McGrath is coordinating the program and if you have a musical number to share please contact her.

The Stake Christmas Concert was AWESOME.  Thank you to everyone that participated–It was a great way to start December.

Here is a list of some funny National Days of:

December 1 is …National Pie Day and Eat A Red Apple Day
December 2 is …National Fritters Day
December 3 is …National Roof-Over-Your-Head Day
December 4 is …Wear Brown Shoes Day
December 5 is …National Sacher Torte Day–I know what I am bringing for Dessert to the RS Dinner!
December 6 is …National Gazpacho Day and Mitten Tree Day
December 7 is …National Cotton Candy Day

Thank you sisters for all that you do everyday.  Your many acts of quiet service overwhelm me–you are wonderful!  I hope to see all of you at the dinner on Thursday –it is always lots of fun.  The weather may be a little rainy but no freeze.

Please let me know if I can do anything for y’all.

Love, Cheryl