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Juanita BarnesI once read the question: “What do you love about December?” I love the smell of the fresh cut pine trees for Christmas. To see the Angels with lots of lights; Baby Jesus in a manger with His mom and dad watching over him and most of all, the goodwill to all people, sharing the love of cooking and smelling cookies, candy, all kinds of breads being cooked. There is a lot of compassion for one another during this time of year, carols being sung, happy faces of not only the children but the young at heart. Why not keep that Spirit all year long? Then we will know that Jesus really is the reason for the Season. That means winter, spring, summer and fall. Read y our Bibles prayerful and think.


Moreno Valley and the Inland Empire, here are some save the date events that are very important to the community for the upcoming 2010 year: The Inland Empire Buffalo Soldiers Heritage Association will host their 4th Annual Buffet Luncheon Themed: “Perserverance, Passion, Purpose.” on February 6, 2010 beginning at 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The event will be held at The Historic Mission Inn, 3649 Mission Inn Ave. Riverside, Ca. 92501. A great time is planned with a western fashion show, door prizes, guest speaker, fantastic food and much more. This is an advance ticket sales only event at $45.00 per person, $80.00 per couple or sponsor a table of eight (8) for $400.00 For ticket information, contact (951) 657-7088 or (951) 657-9585.

UPCOMING EVENTS FOR THE MORENO VALLEY BLACK CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND FOUNDATION. On February 20, 2010, the Moreno Valley Black Chamber of Commerce will host their 6th Annual Awards Banquet with special guest Clarence Otis Jr.–Darden, CEO of Red Lobster and Olive Garden. It will be a black tie affair with live entertainment. Admission will be announced at a later date. The event will be held at the Moreno Valley Conference Center. For more information, contact (951) 443–0226.

MARCH 13TH 2010, THE 2 4TH ANNUAL BLACK HISTORY/8TH MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. PARADE. The Guest will be Harris McCoy, great grandson of Elijah McCoy, America’s first African American Engineer who invented the Lubricating Cup “the real McCoy”. Vendors, entertainment and many others are planned. For more information, contact (951) 443–0226.

This was sent to me in my monthly newsletter: Keeping Christ in Christmas means daily revealing the character, love, and Spirit of Christ that dwells in you, by allowing these traits to shine through your actions. Here are simple ways to keep Christ the central focus of your life this Christmas Season: (1) Give God one very special gift just from you to Him; (2) Set aside a special time to read the Christmas story in Luke 1:5–56 through 2:1–20, consider reading this account with your family and discussing it together; (3) Set a nativity scene in your home; (4) Plan a project of goodwill this Christmas, adopt a single “Mom,” assist a friend that is barely making ends meet. Buy a gift for someone that is expecting nothing from you. Help an elderly neighbor in need of some repairs or yard work, find someone with a genuine need, involve your whole family and see how happy you can make someone this Christmas. I will finish this next week. Would you just try these things and you will be busy.

GARDEN TIME: It’s time to plant: broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, lettuce, spinach, onions, mustard greens turnip greens and garlic.

Always plant some flowers with your garden and do not plant strawberries or tomatoes. Plant hyssop or nasturtiums. There is so much to write about but more next week. Remember to hug someone, it may be the only one they will get or have. Smile, show Love wherever you go.


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