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Events for TUE December 26

Events for WED December 27

Office Party Wed Dec 27

Events for THU December 28

Events for FRI December 29

New Years Eve Parties

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Proverbs 29-11

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"For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace

Isa 9:6


My mini Christmas Story

Christmas is a very spiritual time of year and a series of three events made me feel very connected to the Christmas season.

I went to see the movie "The Nativity" a very moving story of the Birth of Christ. This put me in the proper Chritmas spirit.

Then I visited a farm where I saw an Abyssinian Donkey which legend has it that because of the cross on their backs, this was the breed that carried Mary to Bethlehem. The Donkey had just given birth and I thought of the aninimals that were at the manger scene

The third event (with apologies to Charles Dickens) happened at my home. I heard a chirping sound which, at first, I thought was my cell phone. Then I thought it might be my smoke alarm or my bird clock. When I started to investigate I discovered a bird was trapped in my house. It started darting about trying to find an escape . I think I was as excited as the bird. After opening doors and windows, the bird finally escaped. Then peace returned. It was then that I remembered that we are celebrating the birth of the "Prince of Peace". Our thoughts flit about like the bird wondering how all of the preparations can be accomplished in time and how all of the social obligations can be met when we should be thinking about the reason for the season.

"Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me"

Peggy Jo

Is there a Santa Claus?

I wish I knew where this came from! Peggy Jo

I remember my first Christmas adventure with Grandma. I was just a kid. I remember tearing across town on my bike to visit her on the way my big sister dropped the bomb: "There is no Santa Claus," she jeered. "Even dummies know that!"

My Grandma was not the gushy kind, never had been. I fled to her that day because I knew she would be straight with me. I knew Grandma always told the truth, and I knew that the truth always went down a whole lot easier when swallowed with one of her "world-famous" cinnamon buns I knew they were world-famous, because Grandma said so. It had to be true.

Grandma was home, and the buns were still warm. Between bites, I told her everything. She was ready for me. "No Santa Claus?" she snorted...."Ridiculous! Don't believe it. That rumor has been going around for years, and it makes me mad, plain mad!! Now, put on your coat, and let's go."

"Go? Go where, Grandma?" I asked. I hadn't even finished my second world-famous cinnamon bun. "Where" turned out to be Kerby's General Store, the one store in town that had a little bit of just about everything. As we walked through its doors, Grandma handed me ten dollars. That was a bundle in those days. "Take this money," she said, "and buy something for someone who needs it I'll wait for you in the car."

Then she turned and walked out of Kerby's. I was only eight years old. I'd often gone shopping with my mother, but I never had I shopped for anything all by myself. The store seemed big and crowded, full of people scrambling to finish their Christmas shopping. For a few moments I just stood there, confused, clutching that ten-dollar bill, wondering what to buy, and who on earth to buy it for. I thought of everybody I knew: my family, my friends, my neighbors, the kids at school, the people who went to my church.

I was just about thought out, when I suddenly thought of Bobby Decker. He was a kid with bad breath and messy hair, and he sat right behind me in Mrs. Pollock's grade-two class. Bobby Decker didn't have a coat. I knew that because he never went out to recess during the winter. His mother always wrote a note, telling the teacher that he had a cough, but all we kids knew that Bobby Decker didn't have a cough; he didn't have a good coat. I fingered the ten-dollar bill with growing excitement. I would buy Bobby Decker a coat! I settled on a red corduroy one that had a hood to it. It looked real warm, and he would like that.

"Is this a Christmas present for someone?" the lady behind the counter asked kindly, as I laid my ten dollars down. "Yes, ma'am," I replied shyly. "It's for Bobby." The nice lady smiled at me, as I told her about how Bobby really needed a good winter coat. I didn't get any change, but she put the coat in a bag, smiled again, and wished me a Merry Christmas.

That evening, Grandma helped me wrap the coat (a little tag fell out of the coat, and Grandma tucked it in her Bible) in Christmas paper and ribbons and wrote, "To Bobby, From Santa Claus" on it. Grandma said that Santa always insisted on secrecy. Then she drove me over to Bobby Decker's house, explaining as we went that I was now and forever officially, one of Santa's helpers. Grandma parked down the street from Bobby's house, and she and I crept noiselessly and hid in the bushes by his front walk. Then Grandma gave me a nudge. "All right, Santa Claus," she whispered, "get going." I took a deep breath, dashed for his front door, threw the present down on his step, pounded his door and flew back to the safety of the bushes and Grandma.

Together we waited breathlessly in the darkness for the front door to open. Finally it did, and there stood Bobby. Fifty years haven't dimmed the thrill of those moments spent shivering, beside my Grandma, in Bobby Decker's bushes. That night, I realized that those awful rumors about Santa Claus were just what Grandma said they were: ridiculous. Santa was alive and well, and we were on his team. I still have the Bible, with the coat tag tucked inside: $19.95

>May you always have LOVE to share, HEALTH to spare and FRIENDS that care.. And may you always believe in the magic of Santa Claus!

I too believe in Santa Claus . He also brought me a beautiful long red coat for Christmas.

Gift Cards

Well the crooks have found a way to rob you of your gift card balance. If you buy Gift Cards from a display rack that has various store cards you may become a victim of theft. Crooks are now jotting down the card numbers in the store and then wait a few days and call to see how much of a balance THEY have on the card. Once they find the card is "activated", then they go online and start shopping.

You may want to purchase your card from a customer service person, or on-line, where they do not have the Gift Cards viewable to the public. Please share this with all your family and friends... You may wish to read about it here: http://www.snopes.com/fraud/sales/giftcard.asp

A Different Christmas Poem

(Author unknown)
The embers glowed softly, and in their dim light,
I gazed round the room and I cherished the sight.
My wife was asleep, her head on my chest,
My daughter beside me, angelic in rest.
Outside the snow fell, a blanket of white,
Transforming the yard to a winter delight.
The sparkling lights in the tree I believe,
Completed the magic that was Christmas Eve.
My eyelids were heavy, my breathing was deep,
Secure and surrounded by love I would sleep.
In perfect contentment, or so it would seem,
So I slumbered, perhaps I started to dream.

The sound wasn't loud, and it wasn't too near,
But I opened my eyes when it tickled my ear.
Perhaps just a cough, I didn't quite know, Then the
Sure sound of footsteps outside in the snow.
My soul gave a tremble, I struggled to hear,
And I crept to the door just to see who was near.
Standing out in the cold and the dark of the night,
A lone figure stood his face weary and tight.

A soldier, I puzzled, some twenty years old,
Perhaps a Marine, huddled here in the cold.
Alone in the dark, he looked up and smiled,
Standing watch over me, and my wife and my child.
What are you doing?" I asked without fear,
"Come in this moment, it's freezing out here!
Put down your pack; brush the snow from your sleeve,
You should be at home on a cold Christmas Eve!"

For barely a moment I saw his eyes shift,
Away from the cold and the snow blown in drifts
To the window that danced with a warm fire's light
Then he sighed and he said "It's really all right,
I'm out here by choice. I'm here every night."
It's my duty to stand at the front of the line,
That separates you from the darkest of times.
No one had to ask or beg or implore me,
I'm proud to stand here like my fathers before me.
My Gramps died at ' Pearl on a day in December,"
Then he sighed, "That's a Christmas 'Gram always remembers."
My dad stood his watch in the jungles of ' Nam',
And now it is my turn and so, here I am.
I've not seen my own son in more than a while,
But my wife sends me pictures; he's sure got her smile.

Then he bent and he carefully pulled from his bag,
The red, white, and blue... an American flag.
I can live through the cold and the being alone,
Away from my family, my house and my home.
I can stand at my post through the rain and the sleet,
I can sleep in a foxhole with little to eat.
I can carry the weight of killing another,
Or lay down my life with my sister and brother
Who stand at the front against any and all,
To ensure for all time that this flag will not fall."

"So go back inside," he said, "harbor no fright,
Your family is waiting and I'll be all right."
"But isn't there something I can do, at the least,
"Give you money," I asked, "or prepare you a feast?
It seems all too little for all that, you've done,
For being away from your wife and your son."
Then his eye welled a tear that held no regret,
"Just tell us you love us, and never forget.
To fight for our rights back at home while we're gone,
To stand your own watch, no matter how long.
For when we come home, either standing or dead,
To know you remember we fought and we bled.
Is payment enough, and with that we will trust,
That we mattered to you as you mattered to us."

Christmas is here and some credit is due to our U.S.service men and women for our being able to celebrate these Festivities. Let's try in this small way to pay a tiny bit, of what we Owe. Make people Stop and think of our heroes, living and dead, who sacrificed themselves For Us.

Office Party For People Who Do Not Have An Office

the eighth annual Office Christmas Party for people who do not have an office parking lots has been re-scheduled to Wednesday December 27 at 5:00 p.m. Everyone is welcome even if you do have an office.

After consulting with the Human Resources, and Public Relations departments it was decided that too many conflicts prior to Christmas, would prevent many of the officeless personnel from attending. Those people with offices will also be available between the holidays.

It will be held at Lilly's Seafood in the heart of Royal Oak starting at 5:00 p.m. Here is a map There are two parking garages within a block of lily's. One is on S. Lafayette street across from the Baldwin Theater. If you choose this one you can enter Lily's through the back door which can be reached from the north side of the Baldwin Theater (where their ticket office is located). The other parking structure is also on S. Lafayette north of Fourth Street.

The address is 410 S. Washington and the phone number is 248-591-5459


  • Events for TUE December 26
  • Selective Singles Social Club

    Location: Country Chef 33145 Dequindre Troy, MI North of 14 Mile Rd.

    Join friends for friendly, relaxed breakfast every Tuesday. Contact : Jim at 248-545-2084 starts at 09:00 AM Price


    Century Dancers

    Location: American-Polish Century Club, just north of Fourteen Mile on the east side of Maple Lane, across from Maple Lane Golf Course. Maple Lane Road becomes an extension of Hoover at Fourteen Mile Road. Polish-American Century Club, just north of Fourteen Mile

    Live Band Ballroom Dancing (This is not the Polish American Cultural Center which is nearby) starts at 07:00 PM Price $8.00

    Latin & Argentine Tango Club of Detroit

    Location: O'Kelly Banquet Hall 23663 Park Dearborn, MI

    Milonga de los Motor City Milongueros Argentine tango lesson at 7:00pm, beginners welcome, no partner required. After the lesson dance tango, milonga, and vals to the best recorded music of Buenos Aires. starts at 07:00 PM Member price $10 Guest Price $15

  • Events for WED December 27
  • Royal Oak Computer Club

    Location: Leo Mahany/Harold Meininger Senior Community Center 3500 Marais Royal Oak, MI (248)246-3900 North of 13 Mile Rd, just south of Lexington Blvd, East of Crooks Rd

    Weekly Meeting starts at 12:30 PM Price $1


    A1 Singles

    Location: American Polish Cultural Center 2975 E.Maple Road Troy, MI Northwest corner of 15 mile and Dequindre. This is not the American Polish Century Club.

    Lessons by Ron & Linda Hiveley and Micheal Beresh. Lessons 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Dance 8:00 PM to 11:00 PM. Couples and Singles welcome. Cost lesson only $10.00,lesson and dance $12.00, dance only $8.00 Information (313)521-6564 starts at 07:00 PM Price

  • Office Party Wed Dec 27
  • Office Party For People Who Do Not Have An Office

    the eighth annual Office Christmas Party for people who do not have an office parking lots has been re-scheduled to Wednesday December 27 at 5:00 p.m. Everyone is welcome even if you do have an office.

    After consulting with the Human Resources, and Public Relations departments it was decided that too many conflicts prior to Christmas, would prevent many of the officeless personnel from attending. Those people with offices will also be available between the holidays.

    It will be held at Lilly's Seafood in the heart of Royal Oak starting at 5:00 p.m. Here is a map There are two parking garages within a block of lily's. One is on S. Laffayette street across from the Baldwin Theater. If you choose this one you can enter Lily's through the back door which can be reached from the north side of the Baldwin Theater (where their ticket office is located). The other parking structure is also on S. Laffayette north of Fourth Street.

    The address is 410 S. Washington and the phone number is 248-591-5459

  • Events for THU December 28
  • Downriver Swing Club

    Location: Pier 500 507 Biddle Wyandotte, MI email address is drswing@hotmail.com

    Cool West Coat Patterns for social Dancing! $5.00 for lessson starts at 8:15 till 9:00 Dancing till 1:00 AM starts at 08:15 PM Price $5


    PWP- Rochester

    Location: Rivercrest , Avon Rd. between Rochester & Livernois

    Weekly Dance Our very own Tj the DJ plays TOP 40 and Your requests. starts at 7:00 PM Member price $4 Guest Price $7


    Selective Singles Social Club

    Location: Cracker Barrel Roseville, MI S off 13 Mile on Mack

    Weekly breakfast with good friends and good food. All welcome. Contact : Rosemary 313-881-3934 starts at 09:00 AM Price


    Single Place

    Location: First Presbyterian Church 200 East Main Street Northville, MI 248.349.0911 web site is www.singleplace.org

    Dinner - Light & Lively Concert - Games As we continue through the Christmas season and are getting ready to celebrate and welcome in 2007, Single Place will be hosting a Light & Lively Concert with Julie Firth and an evening light dinner. The evening light dinner will begin at 7 pm and will feature chicken noodle soup, sloppy joe’s, a large vegetable tray, potato chips and of course, the world famous Guernsey Ice Cream. Ray Sanderson will be preparing this evening dinner. If you are coming for the dinner, reservations must be made by 12 noon on Thursday, December 28th. To make reservations, call the church office at 248-349-0911 or sign up at Single Place on Thursday evenings. We ask that all reservations be honored. Single Place will feature a Light & Lively Concert where you can sit back and relax with friends. If you enjoy playing card or games, you can do this during the concert in the Gathering Area by the Christian Life Center. For the Light and Lively Concert and Dinner, Single Place asks for a donation of $10 and for the Light and Lively Concert only we ask for a donation of $5 for the evening. Events for Thu December 28

    Metropolitan Single Professionals

    Location: Crash Landing Restaurant Anytime 6pm till... 26620 Dequindre - Warren Just North of I-696 For Directions Only Call (586) 751-4444

    Everyone is Welcome to Join US Fun & Fine Dining! We will meet in the lounge Anytime between 6:00 and 7:30pm for socializing with dinner afterwards.From 8:00 pm to 1:00 am Price Menu



  • Events for FRI December 29
  • Selective Singles Social Club

    Location: Mutt & Jeff's 50870 North Avenue Macomb Township, MI 586-949-3040 Just 1/2 block south of 23 Mile Road on the east side of North Ave.

    Come and enjoy a morning of fun with a lively group of friends If you would like more information please call Peggy at 586-725-3152 or Kathy at 586-716-1902 starts at 09:00 AM Price Menu


    Metropolitan Single Professionals

    Location: club Venetion Banquet Center 29310 John R North of 12 mile. for directions only 248-399-6788

    Single Mingle Top 40 DJ, Cash Bar, Hors d'oeuvres (8:00-9:00)Dressy Casual (No jeans or Tennis Shoes) Non-SmokingFrom 8:00 pm to 1:00 am Member price $5.00 Guest Price


    PWP Livingston

    Location: Howell Elks 2830 E Grand River Howell, MI

    Countdown to New Years all Single Adults welcome For information / directions 810-210-1836 Cash Bar From 09:00 PM to 01:00 AM Member price $6 Guest Price $8

  • New Years Eve Parties
  • Gayle Shields will be hosting her annual New Years Eve Party starting at 7:00 PM. Bring a dish to pass. There will be a pastry table so don't bring any pastry. Bring your own drinks and $10 Invite your friends

    Gayle lives at 2129 Tall Oaks in Troy . Here is a map


    BETHANY SUBURBAN WEST

    New years Eve Dinner Dance For Singles December 31, 2006 at St. Robert Bellarmine Church Hall Corner of West Chicago and Inkster Rd., Redford, MI

    Doors open at 8:00 pm Catered Dinner at 9:00 pm Music by Dick Gerathy from 8:30 pm – 1:00 am Refreshments Party Favors Cost is $35.00 per person If purchased by December 2nd - First 100 tickets will be entered into a drawing for a cash prize. Tickets on sale until December 30th ADVANCED TICKETS ONLY!! Only 200 tickets will be sold! No tickets will be held at the door. For Tickets Call Michele @ 313-996-8644 or Kathy @ 734-513-9479
    Send a “Stamped” Self Addresses Envelope and a check or money payable to: “Bethany Suburban West” and mail to: Bethany Suburban West, PO Box 1059, Dearborn Mi 48121

    Bethany East

    NEW YEAR’S EVE DINNER DANCE: Sunday, December 31st. Doors open at 8:00 with dinner at 9:00. Ring in the New Year with Bethany East. Plan to attend our New Year’s Eve Dinner/Dance at Holy Ghost Orthodox Church, 38500 Ryan Road (just south of 17 Mile Road). GREAT BUFFET with beer, wine, pop, and coffee included. Tickets are $25 in advance (before December 15th) or $30 after that by mail or at the door. Limited seating-- Advance purchase strongly suggested—LAST YEAR WAS A SELL OUT!!! DJ Mark Sartorius (J&M Dancing DJs) will help us rock, roll and dance our way into 2007. For information, Contact: Loretta (586) 274-0284 or Pat (586) 739-6885.

    Fox Hills

    New Year’s Eve Singles Party planned for Fox Hills in Plymouth from 7:00 p.m. to 1:00a.m. Catering to singles in their 30’s, 40’s and 50’s. Ticket price includes dinner (served at 7:30), beer and wine all night, DJ, dancing and more. Early Bird ticket is $95 until December 2nd. $115 ‘till December 23, then $135 so ACT NOW. For more information, and to register before it sells out, click on www.CatholicSinglesNYE.com or call Kathleen at 734-657-7750.

    The Reflections

    will be performing their doo-wop New Year's Eve Party at the DeCarlo's Banquet Hall at 6015 E 10 Mile, Warren. Reservation 586-759-6500. $65 per person includes Hors d’oeuvres, an elegant buffet dinner, complete premium cocktails (7 drink tickets per person) and a champagne toast at mignight. Full breakfast at 1:30 am.

    New Year’s Eve Singles’ “Elevate” Party at Gazebo

    This event will be semi-formal (suits for men, semi-formal dress for women). There will be a large, delicious buffet with an open soda bar, followed by a night of dancing. Doors open at 7pm and the cost for this event is $60 per person. Tickets are limited Sign up early to guarantee your seat!! Event Contact: Debra Gilbert 248.931.1377

    New Year’s Eve Barn Dance

    - Yeeee Ha! What a way to ring in the new year. Come on out to the Lazy J Ranch, pardner, and russle up a good time. This one is for couples, and the cost is $40 per person, includes a buffet dinner (with chicken, lasagna, potatoes, vegetables, vegetables, sales) and mixer setup (you can bring your own adult beverages to mix with them), so bring a friend. Doors open at 8:00, with the first dance being called at 8:30 – 1:00 a.m. Tickets must be purchased before the event. For more information, call 248-887-1551. Lazy J Ranch is located at 625 South Hickory Ridge Road, Milford, MI 48380. About a mile south of M-59 on the east side of the road.

    Amber House

    Location: Amber House 7012 9 MILE RD Warren, MI 586 754-3434 Two blocks west of Van Dyke

    NEW YEAR'S EVE 2007 2 GREAT DJ'S TIM JOHNSON & BILL SCHEFF All Your Favorite Tunes - East &West Coast Swing, Latin, Ballroom (Hors D'oeuvres,Bar4 Drink Tickets, Champagne at Midnight, Party Favors - Cash Bar starts at 08:00 PM Member price $40 Advance $50 Guest Price $40 advance $50


    Royal Park Hotel

    Location: Royal Park Hotel Rochester, MI All

    That 80's Band Metro Detroit's favorite flash back experience- All of your favorite 80's Dance dance songs & a DJ will keep everyone dancing until 3am spinning all of your favorite dance, club, hip hop music in the main ballroom starts at 7:00 PM


    PWP Huron Valley

    Location: The Grotto Club 2070 Stadium Blvd Ann Arbor, MI

    New Years Eve Celebration Brunch served at12:30 a.m. Hors d'oeuvres all evening Advance tickets $15 members $20 other by 12/29 then $20 members $25 others Call 734-449-2236 From 09:00 PM to 01:30 AM Price Reserve by 2006-12-29


  • Events for MON January 01
  • NEW YEAR'S DAY at THE AMBER HOUSE

    Location: The Amber House 7012 9 MILE RD Warren, MI

    NEW YEAR'S DAY at THE AMBER HOUSE Bored, Nothing To Do? Want To Party If you didn't venture out on New Year's Eve Then Come Dance the New Year In Starting at 4:00pm starts at 04:00 PM Price $8


    Royal Oak Polo Club

    Location: Lily's Seafood 410 S. Washington Ave Royal Oak, MI 248-591-5459

    Rose Bowl watching on the big screen- Lily's will be following their regular Monday night custom of $1 beers and "all-you-can-eat" Fish dinners. Meet in the bar area. starts at 04:30 PM

  • DRYA Seminars Begin Wednesday Jan 10
  • The DRYA seminars are developed with the novice and recreational sailor in mind. These weekly Wednesday night seminars are designed to introduce the sport of sailing to non-sailors and to broaden the knowledge of newer sailors. They are FREE and open to the public. One need not belong to a club or the DRYA to attend. All seminars start at 7:00pm. These seminars are an excellent way to meet boat owners, crew members, and other people interested in sailing & racing

    The first seminar will be held at the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club 788 Lakeshore Grosse Pointe Shores, Michigan 48236 (313) 884-2500

    If one is interested in having dinner prior to the seminar, call for reservations.

    Joy of Sailing Sailing enthusiast, Dr. Steve Liroff, and a few of his fellow sailors will discuss their love of sailing from their unique and different perspectives: cruising, racing, crewing and full time living aboard. We all have our reasons for our pa

  • Once on This Island Jan 28, 2007
  • Join us!! To attend this event with the group. or call Frank at 248-547-2032

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