Good morning, everyone. The Christmas season is upon us. As families gather for parties and social times, stay safe and have a fun time.

“For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater” – Is. 55:10

VFD news

Tonight, at 6:30, is training for all active members. The officers for 2017 are: president – Jim Waugh, vice president – Guy Milliron, secretary – Heather Proper-VanValkenberg, and treasurer – Charlene Armstrong.

Tuesdays will be the last turkey shoot of the year. The doors open at 5:30 p.m., and shooting starts when 10 shoots are full. The kitchen will be open. If you would like to donate a baked good for the shoots, please leave it at the township building on Tuesday afternoon. Come out and win a turkey or a great Christmas gift for someone.   

A green Christmas wreath has been hung in front of the Cherrytree Township VFD, and, once again, the VFD is challenging the residents of Cherrytree township to “keep the wreath green” through the Christmas season. During the holiday season, if there is a structure fire in Cherrytree Township, a red bulb will replace a green bulb on the wreath.

The goal is to keep the wreath green until Jan. 2. So far, the wreath is still green. 

The way to keep the wreath green is to follow all the safety rules during the holiday season:

– Never leave candles burning unattended.

– When using live trees, maintain water in the stand to keep the tree from drying out.

– Never overload electrical circuits.

“For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater” –  Job 37:6

Area happenings

– Love INC. has a new boutique open. They are open on Friday and Saturday. Stop in and check out the unique items they have for sale. Love INC. also has a new website,  Check it out and see what is going on with this great organization in the community.

– Breedtown Baptist Church has changed the time for its services Dec. 25. There will a worship service only from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m., with no Sunday school. There will be no Christmas Eve service this year.


Chocolate pots de crème

Ingredients: 2 cups heavy cream

1/4 cup sugar

6 egg yolks

8-ounces dark sweet chocolate

1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions: Heat cream and sugar over very low heat (or use a double boiler) and stir to dissolve sugar. Melt chocolate over hot water, stirring while it melts, then remove from heat. Combine cream and melted chocolate.

Beat egg yolks in a bowl and gradually pour in the hot mixture, beating all the while. Return all to the top of a double boiler and cook, stirring constantly, over hot simmering water until mixture thickens (can take from 10 to 20 minutes). Remove from heat and add vanilla. Pour into pots de crème or into demitasse cups or into small custard dishes. Chill thoroughly. 

To prepare ahead of time: This can be prepared the day before and kept refrigerated until time to serve.

Note: This is a very rich and “chocolaty” crème. If a less potent chocolate flavor is desired, reduce the amount of chocolate by 2 or 3 ounces.

Chocolate ice cream truffles

Ingredients: 1 quart chocolate ice cream

1/8 pound candied cherries

1/2 pound dark sweet chocolate

 Directions: Chop the chocolate coarsely; it should be in pieces about the size of very small peas. 

Form the ice cream into 6 balls, each with two of the candied cherries in the center. Freeze for a short time.

Roll ice cream balls in the coarsely chopped dark chocolate and freeze until ready to use.

To prepare ahead of time: Yes, of course.

To freeze: Yes, these freeze, but do keep them wrapped in plastic wrap if you are planning to leave them there more than a day.

Festive cranberry sherbet

 Ingredients: 4 cups fresh cranberries

3 cups water

2 1/4 cups sugar

1 cup orange juice

1/3 cup lemon juice

 Directions: Cook cranberries n the water until soft. Press through a sieve or ford mill and combine with the sugar. Heat and stir until the sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and stir in the juices. Cool thoroughly. Freeze until almost firm, then whip with an electric beater and return to freezer. 

Cover tightly and store until ready to serve.

To freeze: The perfect way to prepare your holiday dessert weeks ahead of time and a pleasant change from the usual “pie.”

“Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.” – Psm. 51:7

Helpful hints


to wrapping paper

– You can save money on gift wrap and personalize your gift at the same time by using old maps as paper for gifts, large and small. Consider state road maps, National Geographic maps, topographical maps, and bus and subway maps.

– If you cover plastic-wrapped purchases with an outer layer of paper, and the paper itself never comes in contact with meat, fish, or poultry, save the paper to use as wrapping paper.

– You like the foil wrap look, but don’t want to pay the foil wrap prices? Start saving potato chip bags that are foil lined. Just rinse them lightly with warm water, turn them inside out, and wipe them dry with a towel. 

Cut at the seams to make a sheet of foil wrapping. If you typically buy jumbo size bags, you can make even a rather large gift shiny and appealing.


– Artificial intelligence is no match for natural stupidity.

– Thanks for explaining the word “many” to me, it means a lot.

– Maybe if we start telling people the brain is an app they will start using it.

– Ever stop to think, and forget to start again?

“She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet. “ – Prov 21:31

Remember in prayer

Steve Reed, Randy Zimmerman, Cody Manners, Carol Finsel,  Dick Anderson, Sarah Stearns, Ann Wade, Ed Holzschuh, Carolle Burns, Paul Atkinson, and Jan Stephens.

Community churches

– Breedtown Baptist

Pastor Ward Beers


Sunday school, 9:45 a.m.; church service, 11.

Wednesday evening Bible study and prayer service, 6.

– Resurrection Baptist Church

Pastor Jim Waugh


Family Sunday school, 10:30 am; Sunday preaching, 11; evening service, 6.

Wednesday prayer service, 6 p.m.

– Open Door Baptist

Pastor George Brickner

(814) 677-0448

Sunday school, 9:45 a.m.; Sunday worship service, 11; evening service, 7.

Wednesday Bible study, 7 p.m.

–  Cherrytree Evangelical United Methodist

Pastor Roy Brownlee

(814) 227-6999

Sunday worship, 9:45 a.m.; Sunday school, 11.

God bless.

“The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:28

If you would like to submit any news items or birthdays, anniversaries, or have any ideas for this column, please contact Charlene Armstrong, at or 814-493-1488.

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