We are only 3 days from celebrating the most important birthday in the whole world — the birth of the lord, Jesus Christ, God’s only son and savior of the world. Monday will be an exciting day for all, especially for the children.

It is important for everyone to remember the reason for the season, which is Jesus’s birth. 

I wish everyone in reader land a special and blessed Christmas time with family and friends. May God richly bless all.

It is here: winter arrived on Thursday, now we can begin the journey to longer daylight hours.

Advent wreath

The third Sunday of advent was celebrated, over this past weekend, and the candle of love was lit, which is the shepherd’s candle or the candle of joy. The angels sang a message of joy (Luke 3:4-6). The fourth candle will be lit on Sunday. This purple candle is the angel’s candle or the candle of love. The angels announced the good news of a savior; God sent his only son to Earth to save us, because he loves us.

The fifth candle is the white candle in the middle of the wreath and is the Christ candle. This white candle reminds us that Jesus is the spotless lamb of God, sent to wash away our sins. His birth was for his death, his death was for our birth (John 1:29).

Sympathy

Our deepest sympathy is sent to the family of Roger “Chip” Miller Sr., 71, of Titusville, who passed away on Dec. 15, at home. He was born in Titusville; and married the former Karen Foster, of Wallaceville. He is survived by his wife, a son, four grandchildren, and one great-grandson along with his brother.

Sympathy is also extended to the family of Eleanor Lucas Strawbridge, 94, of Titusville, who passed away on Dec. 18. Eleanor would have been 95 on her Dec. 31 birthday. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lester B. Strawbridge, a few months ago after 76 years of marriage. She is survived by her daughters, Paulette ‘Polly’ Studnicki and Kathy (Dave) Borges; sons, Lester B. (Lori) Strawbridge Jr. and Dennis Strawbridge; five grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

May God bless the families and friends of these who have passed away with comfort, strength, and peace to fill the void left by the passing of their loved one.

Drake Well Museum

December’s “Something More Saturday,” at Drake Well Museum will focus on hands-on activities. 

From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., visitors will have the opportunity to conduct oil versus water experiments, create a paper replica, and handle objects from the 19th and early-20th centuries in an attempt to figure out their historic purpose, among other activities. 

On Dec. 30, Drake Well Museum and Park and Friends of Drake Well Inc. will present Something More Saturday, a monthly program offering visitors “unique and entertaining” learning experiences not included in a typical visit to the museum, park officials wrote in a press release.

Scheduled on the last Saturday of every month, Something More Saturday programs are included in the museum’s regular admission fees.   

Located off state Route 8, south of Titusville, Drake Well Museum and Park is open year round. Winter hours are Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, from noon to 5 p.m. Drake Well Museum and Park is administered by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission in partnership with Friends of Drake Well Inc., and is part of the Pennsylvania Trails of History (PATrailsofHistory.com).

For more information about Something More Saturdays or other museum programs, visit drakewell.org, or call 827-2797.

Recipe

This recipe for “pistachio nut cake” that I have made many times but not in a while. My long-time girlfriend Lynn Jarrell gave me the recipe after she had made it for one of our family get-togethers during my early married life. We really liked it and I thought I would share the recipe with you.   

Ingredients: one box Duncan Hines yellow butter cake mix, one package pistachio nut instant pudding mix, 4 eggs, one cup sour cream, and ¼ cup Wesson Oil. Mix together and beat for 4 minutes.

Topping: 4 teaspoons sugar, 1 teaspoon cinnamon and ½ cup ground nuts — mix together.

Directions: Put ½ of batter onto greased and floured tube pan. Add ½ of topping mix over batter. Put in the remaining batter and sprinkle remaining topping mix over batter. Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 40-45 minutes. Check well before time is up to make sure it does not get too brown. Cool and enjoy.

Birthdays

Happy birthday greetings are being sent to: Matthew Baker and Kathy Neely on Dec. 23, Wendy Struchen and Ed Davenport on the 24th, Lord Jesus Christ, Ed Wheeling, Nicole Hunt, and Karen Toriski on the 25th, Todd Dingle, Jeff Ross and Nathan Abrams on the 26th, Dale Cook, Randy Wescoat and Melinda Hart on the 27th, and Justin Motter and Erin Bienio on the 28th. Hope you all have a great birthday!

Anniversaries

Happy anniversary greetings are being sent to: Frank and Vicki Gambatese on Dec. 28, and Mark and Beth Dunning on the 29th. May God bless these couples with many more years of love and happiness.

Tree of Hope

The American Cancer Society is again sponsoring its Tree of Hope located at the Cranberry Mall, between Bon Ton and Hickory Farms. Each $5 donation made in someone’s memory or honor will light a bulb. All proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society through the Helping Hands Relay for Life team of Venango County.  

Donations may be mailed to Judy Stevenson, at 1634 Meadville Road, Titusville, Pa., 16354. Checks may be written to the American Cancer Society. For more information, call 827-2179. The tree is now lit, and will shine throughout the holiday season.

Holiday at Burgess

The Holiday at Burgess drive-through lights display will be ongoing through Dec. 31, from 6 to 9 p.m. This is a free event, but donations are appreciated. Visit with Santa and the elves in the stone pavilion every Friday and Saturday night in December until Christmas. This event is sponsored by the Take Pride in Titusville Committee.

Church schedules

— Diamond EUM Church: Sunday school begins at 9:45 a.m., with worship service, at 11, with Pastor Jerome Alsdorf

— Chapmanville Community Church: Sunday school, at 9:45 a.m., and worship, at 10:45, with Pastor Glen Van Cise.

A Christian 

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Three wise women

You do know what would have happened if it had been three wise women instead of men, don’t you? 

They would have asked for directions, arrived on time, helped deliver the baby, cleaned the stable, made a casserole, and brought disposable diapers as gifts.

Christmas nuts

A pastor got this note accompanying a box of Christmas goodies, addressed to him and his wife, from elderly Sister Rose Mary.

“Dear pastor, knowing that you do not eat sweets, I am sending the candy to your wife — and nuts to you.”

Bible verse

“Luke 2:1-7: And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This census first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria. So all went to be registered everyone to his own city. Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child. So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered. And she brought forth her first-born son, and wrapped him in swaddling cloths, and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.”

A thought

“Christmas is the evidence that God really cares. His gift of love of the world in a baby — his gift of life in a savior.” — Matt Anderson.

Abrams can be reached by email, at abby@zoominternet.net, or by phone, at 827-2597.

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