Poetry book, cookbooks among holiday fundraisers

by W. Winston Skinner

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Examining some of the books available from area churches this Christmas are, from left, John Strube with 'The New Hope Family Cook Book,' Amber Manley with Connie Bratcher's new poetry collection and Allen-Lee UMC's history, and Jacob Smith with 'Amazing Grace.'

Christmas is a time for gifts - starting with the Magi visiting Bethlehem with gold, frankincense and myrrh.

Area churches are offering several opportunities for gift-giving that also helps congregations with their ministries and outreach.

Christmas bazaars were held at two local churches on Dec. 7. The Olive Branch group sponsored an Old-Fashioned Christmas Bazaar at Sharpsburg Baptist Church, and the Providence Baptist Women held their fundraiser in the fellowship hall of the church on Providence Church Road.

Southern Roots, a plant nursery in Newnan, worked with the youth of St. Paul's Episcopal Church on an evergreen wreath sale.

Funds from the project will go toward the youth spiritual pilgrimage to the Southwestern United States.

The Newnan Service Center of the Salvation Army held a Holiday Event on Tuesday evening. Coffee and refreshments were served, and a photographer took pictures of children with the Elf on the Shelf.

Local Christian poet Connie Campbell Bratcher has put together a new book of poetry, 'Shine The Light.' The book offers excerpts from her three previous works - 'Inspirational Messages in Poetry - For a Deeper Faith,' 'For a Closer Walk' and 'For a Clearer View.'

'These poem excerpts are short, easy to memorize and each is followed by a related Scripture,' Bratcher said. There are color paintings by D.D. Watson's on each of the poem pages.

Bratcher's first book signing was Thursday during the B-Acts senior citizens meeting at Flat Creek Baptist Church near Fayetteville.

'The prayer of my heart is that this book will touch the readers in a way that would inspire them to shine the light of the glorious gospel of Christ into this spiritually dark world,' Bratcher said.

Two area churches also have books for sale as fundraisers during the holiday. New Hope Church at Wooster is offering 'The New Hope Family Cook Book.'

Copies are available for $20 from New Hope Church, 7719 Callaway Rd., Greenville, GA 30222.

Allen-Lee Memorial United Methodist Church in Lone Oak has a cookbook and a history book.

Copies of the cookbook, 'Amazing Grace,' are available for $17 each. Checks payable to Allen-Lee UMC may be sent to Peggy Parker, 4201 Keith Road, Hogansville, GA 30230.

'The History of Allen-Lee Memorial United Methodist Church' is available for $18. Checks payable to Allen-Lee UMC may be sent to Rosalind Edmondson, 7073 Forrest Road, Hogansville, GA 30230. 'History book' should be in the memo line.



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