Ringgold News


Rush of Christmas
shopping is upon us

Gone are the days of normal traffic and easy to find parking places for the remainder of this month.  I am trying to get my shopping finished so I can stay out of the congestion.  I tried online shopping but couldn’t master that project! Great way to get in the Christmas spirit – get a friend or two and check out sales and be in the hustle and bustle of the season!
Salem Baptist presented their Children’s program “An Out of The Box Christmas” on Sunday night (12/3). Their Director, Nicole Smith, made the following statement about the program - “We pray that God uses our program to show your heart that even though this Christmas may be backwards or upside down or totally out of whack for you this year, the story of love and grace of God is still there .... unchanged and untouched and it’s still the miracle that makes Christmas so real in our hearts.” (All the Christmas presents in the world are worth nothing without the presence of Christ.” - David Jeremiah)
EBC News: Christmas Program next Sunday night (12/10) King’s Kids will present “The Christmas Dream Team Parade” at 6 p.m. followed by our Annual Christmas Supper.  Meat will be provided by the Children’s Committee. Please bring your delicious side dishes and desserts.  It is also our tradition for our Children’s Committee to assist in providing Christmas for a family in our area, the tree will be awaiting your contribution.
Prayer concerns:  Harmon and Joyce Latham, Don Hall, Ashley Landrum, Willie Mae Withers, Leon Thrash, Brenda Elkins and Laney Wolfe.  Sincere sympathy to the families of Cindy Craig Harrell and Jimmy McCrary in the loss of their loved ones.
Do you need a quick make ahead breakfast item?  It is hard to believe this would be good, but if you like oatmeal you might like to try this.
Overnight Oatmeal
1 serving
1/3 cup old fashioned oats
3 Tbsp. Fat-free milk, or almond milk
3 Tbsp. Reduced fat plain yogurt
1 Tbsp. Honey
1/3 cup assorted fresh fruit or dried fruit
2 Tbsp. Chopped walnuts - toasted if desired.
Use small container or mason jar, combine oats, milk, yogurt and honey. Top with fruit and nuts. Seal, refrigerate overnight.  If you need more servings just follow the ratio above and store in individual containers.
The Perfect Dessert with cherries on top
18 Oreo cookies or other cream filled cookie
2 (8 oz.) packages cream cheese softened
1/3 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. Vanilla
1 can Lucky Leaf Premium Cherry Pie Filling
Directions, preheat oven to 350 degrees, line muffin tins with paper liners for 18 cheesecakes. Place 1 cookie in bottom of each paper cup, beat cream cheese, sugar, eggs, vanilla until fluffy - Fold in half can Cherry Pie filling. Put some of this filling mixture on top of cookie to about 3/4 full. Bake 20 - 25 minutes till done.  Cool - Top each cheesecake with a spoonful of remaining cherry pie filling. Refrigerate till ready to serve.
Life is what you make of it! Even shut-ins can look at T.V. Christmas tree lighting - read stories aloud of Christmas past - watch the old, old Christmas stories or reminisce about Christmas’ past.  Don’t let it get you down!  Put good thoughts ahead of depressive thoughts!
Have a God blessed week and share it with someone!