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Tuesday, Jan. 6, 1998

Christmas thoughts highlight meeting

Lovely decorations of the holiday season decorated the home of Nan and Al Cate of Verhalen as they greeted members of The Modern Study Club and their guests as they gathered for the organization's Annual Christmas supper and party on Dec. 12.

Invocation was given by David Alan Smith prior to the covered dish meal.

Pearl Gustafson, Americanism chairman, reported the following U.S. presidents were born in December: Martin Van Buren (8th president) 12-5-1782; Andrew Johnson, 12-29-1808; Woodrow Wilson, 12-28-1856;. She highlighted the life of Andrew Johnson, 17th President.

The "sharing of talents" entertainment was begun with Bill Higginbotham, accompanied by Tommy Williamson on guitar, singing "Wild Flowers in the Field," and reciting a snake story: "A Pit to Hiss In." Betty Smith then read "A letter Mary wrote to her mother about the birth of Jesus" and Al and Nan Cate gave us definitions of certain words, with Nan reciting the words and Al giving the definitions.

Mary Barfield, Judy Greenwood and Joyce Morton entertained with "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer" and Tommy and Margie Williamson sang two beautiful songs: "Lords's Last Supper" and "Joy to the World," with Tommy's guitar accompaniment. Etta Sullivan presented a poem entitled: "Cowboy Christmas Prayer" and Juracy McCall read a story about "The Night of Wonder" written by Diane Rayner in 1983 for "Guideposts" to close the entertainment part of the evening.

Bingo was enjoyed by all and "White Elephant" prizes were awarded.

Doris Moorman played the piano and everyone joined in the singing of Christmas carols. A Christmas card from Bonnie Cearley was read, sending her best wishes to all members of The Modern Study Club.

Christmas gifts were brought by each club member so that all residents of the Pecos Nursing Home could be sure to have a gift under the tree. Many gifts for Toys for Tots were also contributed by members of The Modern Study Club.

There were 16 members and 15 guests present for the festivities.

Hostesses were members of the social committee: Nan Cate, Juracy McCall, Laura Teal and Lena Harpham. All members brought a covered dish.

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