Experience the Nativity up close


Alex Moore - Contributing Columnist



First in this column, my first in the new Miami Valley Today publication, is a reminder about the Live Nativity Walk at Stillwater Community Church taking place this Friday and Saturday evenings. Walks through the Nativity begin every half-hour, beginning at 6 p.m. There will be five walks scheduled per night, with the last at 8:30 p.m. Admission is free, and of course, the entire family is invited.

The Nativity Walk takes one back in time to tell the story of the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Walk to the home of Mary, follow Mary to visit her cousin Elizabeth’s home, and go into the carpentry shop of Joseph. Then the walk continues to the Inn where there was no room, visit with the shepherds and listen as the angels announce the birth of Jesus, and travel with the shepherds to the stable to visit the newborn King. And after the walk, back in the year 2018, stay warm by the fire and enjoy some hot chocolate, cookies, and fellowship!

Stillwater Community Church is located on Sugar Grove Road off State Route 48 between Covington and Pleasant Hill. Just head west on Sugar Grove from 48, and you can’t miss it. For additional information, give the church a call at 473-5270.

With Christmas upcoming, the Covington Outreach Association (COA) is in need of volunteers to help with their Community Gift Wrap, which is part of their annual Adopt-a-Child Christmas Program. The COA will be wrapping gifts for more than 100 children this year. The gift wrapping will be held on Tuesday, December 11 and Wednesday, Dec. 12, with the 13th reserved if more time is needed to wrap. All gift wrapping is done in the lower level of the Covington Church of the Brethren during daytime hours. If you are interested in helping in this way, please e-mail coadirector.125@gmail.com, or call 473-2415 for more information.

And in other news of the COA, please keep in mind the Meijer ‘Simply Give’ program is currently still in progress, as mentioned in my last column. And remember, this Friday, Dec. 7, Meijer will “double match” donations if cards are purchased on that day only! For example, a $10 donation will equal $30 total in food pantry gift cards for the Covington Community Food Bank. For more info about the Meijer program, please call the COA office at 473-2415, or e-mail coadirector.125@gmail.com.

Fields of Grace Worship Center and the Covington Eagles would like to thank everyone who attended this year’s Community Thanksgiving Dinner on Nov. 17. A total of 1,147 meals were served, with 357 of those being home deliveries.

Fields of Grace and the Eagles would also like to thank the following for donations to the meal: Cooper Farms for all the turkey, Mrs. Wick’s for pies, Troy Meijer, Kroger, and Walmart for pies, the Piqua American Legion for dinner rolls, and Kathy Wespier of K’s Catering of Versailles, who donated her labor preparing 390 pounds of turkey. The church would also like to thank the anonymous donors for helping to make this possible.

And thank you as well to the village of Covington for the use of one of their garbage trucks, and the Covington Fire and Rescue for allowing folks to park cars at their facility. In addition, a thank you to Coach Dean Maxson and some members of the Covington High School basketball team who donated quite a bit of their time helping out. Finally, thank you to the people of Fields of Grace Worship Center who took time out of their day to serve. The church looks forward to the next meal in 2019.

And lastly, we have a brief bit of news from the J.R. Clarke Library. Ongoing currently through Dec. 23, the library will sponsor a Christmas/Holiday Stocking Stuffer table as one enters the library’s north doors. There are discounted books and small items for sale that will fit nicely into any stocking! All proceeds will go to the J.R. Clarke Friends of the Library. Come in and check it out.

The library staff would like to extend a very big thank you for the generous donation of their new staff shirts from The Stitchery in Covington. This gift was quite a surprise to the staff, and they have had a lot of fun answering patrons’ questions about the front picture and logo on each shirt. Thank you to Gail and Megan at the Stitchery for their generous donation!

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Alex Moore

Contributing Columnist

Got Covington news? Contact columnist Alex Moore by calling (937) 418-8884 or emailing callingaroundcovington@gmail.com.

Got Covington news? Contact columnist Alex Moore by calling (937) 418-8884 or emailing callingaroundcovington@gmail.com.