The National Children’s Memorial Day is Sunday, Dec. 8. Candles will be lit by families and friends in homes around the world in memory of children who have died. Candle lighting will begin in New Zealand and end on the West Coast of the United States, illuminating the globe in a 24-hour wave of light. Compassionate Friends of Rockford, Peterson Chapel, and Buffalo Hospital Foundation are sponsoring this event to make the public aware of this special day.
Parents of children who have died are invited to attend a candle-lighting ceremony from 6:30-
8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at King’s House at 621 First Ave. S. in Buffalo. Parents may bring a single framed photo of their child for display if they wish. Time for sharing reflections and memories will be part of the evening as well.
The St. Ignatius CCW annual Christ Child Luncheon will be held from 10:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, at St. Ignatius Catholic Church, 35 Birch St. E., Annandale. Cookies and candy will be available at Santa’s Sweet Shoppe. Proceeds will go to Birthline of
St. Cloud, Birthright of Monticello, Dakota Woodlands, and MCCL. Tickets will be available at the door.
The St. Cloud Sr. Fun Singers are coming to entertain the seniors at St. Anthony Manor at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17. All area seniors are welcome to come and enjoy. They will be having coffee and Christmas cookies afterward.
The Youth Group of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Kimball, is sponsoring “Faith’s Hope Tree,” a special Christmas tree which has been set up along Highway 15, in front of the Dingmann Funeral Home in Kimball. Members of the community are invited to bring prayer requests to the tree. Next week’s paper will have prayer request slips to cut out, or use the slips provided in the container next to the tree to submit your needs and concerns. Those seeking prayer are then asked to put their requests in the containers available by the tree, and hang them on the tree with a lit tea light – also provided. The Youth Group will collect the prayer requests and lift them up in prayer to God. The message of Christmas – that God loved us enough to send His Son to be the Savior of the world – encourages us to bring our prayers to Him, and to pray for the needs of others around us.
Watch for a prayer request slip next week.
Tatum was granted a Make-A- Wish to meet Luke Bryan, a country singer. They flew us to Nashville, Tenn., Wednesday through Saturday, Nov 6-9, where we were put up in a suite. Friday, Nov. 8, a limo picked our family up at the hotel and took us to the arena to meet Luke. After makeup and hair was done, we all got to sit down with him for an hour. This was all filmed for the show that evening. After the taping, we sat for another hour, and he got to know us and Tatum. We even got to sit and chat for awhile on his tour bus. Then Macy’s department store, a huge sponsor of Make-A-Wish, took Tatum shopping for a dress, had her nails and hair done, and treated her like a celebrity. Then back to the limo to be escorted to Bridgestone arena for the taping of the CMA Country Christmas that, I believe, will be airing on ABC Monday, Dec. 2, at 7 p.m. Our family had front-row seats and Tatum is going to be a part of the show.