Christmas related stories in the news…

Should I stay or should I go???  Christmas (Dec 25) is this Sunday and many pastors are pondering if families will stay home to experience their usual Christmas morning or if they will attend church. A LifeWay Research study of 1,000 Protestant pastors shows that a majority of Protestant pastors plan to have a service or services on Christmas Day…while other congregations plan to hold services only on Christmas Eve.  Baptist Press

Toys are a major part of children’s fun and excitement during the holidays  season, so make sure that you read all warning labels carefully before buying a toy and consider the child’s age, interests and skill levels.

Some other safety tips…                                                                               For children under age three, choose toys that are at least one inch in diameter and two inches long so they will not lodge in the child’s throat or mouth.

-Be careful with toys that require button batteries. If swallowed, these batteries can become lodged in the esophagus, resulting in serious injury.

-Keep older kids’ toys away from younger children.

More information: Consumer Product Safety Commission http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/pubs/281.html

SOURCE:CincinnatiChildren’sHospitalMedicalCenter(news release)

 

Consumer Reports rating of AA batteries.   Lithium batteries took more photos than the other types, so they don’t need to be changed as often.  More battery info on our Facebook page and the News Blog at wbfj.fmFYI:  AA batteries are still the most widely sold battery type.    http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/magazine-archive/2011/december/electronics-computers/batteries/overview/index.htm

 The Salvation Army of Winston-Salem has received another valuable donation in one of its red kettles.  An anonymous donor dropped an emerald and diamond bracelet in the Red Kettle at the Walmart on Peters Creek Parkway in Winston-Salem sometime on Tuesday.  The bracelet was wrapped in a five dollar bill along with a note which read “In Memory of Mother”.   Windsor Jewelers estimated the bracelet to be worth at least $3,000 dollars.   BTW: This is the second piece of jewelry found in a Red kettle this Christmas season in Winston-Salem.  A couple of weeks back, someone donated a diamond ring worth at least $3,500 dollars.    �

“Layaway angels’ lurking in the Triad? About a dozen individuals separately paying down the layaway balances at the Kmart store onBridford Parkway inGreensboro.  The individuals anonymously came into the store and wanted to make payments on layaways that contained toys and clothes for children for Christmas. BTW: Kmart staff members have enjoyed making calls to the families who have had their layaways paid down or paid off just in time for Christmas. “Layaway angels’ have paid down layaways at Kmart locations inBurlington andCharlotte recently. www.news-    record.com/content/2011/12/20/article/good_will_goes_viral_layaway_santas_visit_local_kmart

 Anonymous donors have stepped in to help save Christmas for dozens of families in the Triad, after electronic items were stolen from a “Toys for Tots” distribution center on Country Club Road in Winston-Salem over the weekend.   Fox 8 reporting that more than 200 toy donations have been made since Monday.  Locally, the “Triad Toys for Tots” drive will help more than 2,000 children in Forsyth, Stokes and Yadkin counties.  

Hundreds of Fort Bragg soldiers are back on American soil.  Close to 400 paratroopers with the 82nd Airborne arrived back home at Pope Air Force Base late Tuesday night.  The soldiers spent the past seven months inIraqand were the last official Army unit to leave Baghdad. www.myfox8.com/news/sns-ap-nc–troopsreturn,0,4190945.story

A new study finding that one in five scientists who claim to be atheists actually attend a church service one or more times a year.  The motivators for attending: a social or personal connection such as the desire to see friends or a Christian spouse.   (Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion).  

 All is calm after a stolen shepherd was returned to the outdoor nativity display at Greensboro College this week.  A campus security officer was distracted last week while ‘keeping his watch by night” when two other pranksters jumped from behind the manger, grabbed the shepherd figure and ran east toward downtown. A woman found the shepherd, which is valued at $2,500, on a trail in the western part of the city. Campus security picked up the statue and safely transported it back to its rightful place at Greensboro College.
Some history: The original Nativity scene was built in the 1930s and a gift from the former Jefferson-Pilot company.  This scene was the replacement for one destroyed by vandals in 2007.  The college has displayed a nativity scene since 1990.   (Security keeping their watch by night … and day?) www.myfox8.com/news/wghp-story-gso-college-nativity-scene-vandalism-111218,0,522139.story

 Thanks to everyone who packed a shoebox for Operation Christmas Child this year. Over 30,500 shoeboxes were collected in the Triad for OCC this year! You can still ‘build’ a shoebox, online.   Check out the link on our website https://www.wbfj.fm/2011/10/operation-christian-child-2011/    https://www.samaritanspurse.org/index.php/Giving/Build-A-Box/

Verne Hill

Verne Hill

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Verne Hill


Verne Hill

I enjoy many things: Music. Family movie nights. My American flag flapping in the wind. Sunsets at the beach. Snow days. The Sweet Tea Party. Salvation through Grace… VERSE: “Let everything that has breath praise the LORD” Psalm 150 QUOTE: “A person who loves his job, will never work a day in his life.” MON-SAT 6A-10A (& Sunday@5 host) verne@wbfj.fm