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Pedee News / Nola Womer

The Christmas Eve candlelight service was enjoyed by about 50 participants at Pedee Evangelical Church. Following the singing of carols, Pastor Lonnie Burbank donned his "innkeeper" costume for his message "No Room at the Inn."

"Silent Night" was sung during the candle lighting, which closed with prayer.

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Dan and Kelly Hokit from Arizona were among visitors at the Christmas Sunday worship service. The Hokits, in the area to visit relatives in McMinnville during the holidays, became close friends with Pastor and Pam Burbank when they served the Dayton Evangelical Church.

At the Christmas worship service, Pam Burbank lit the candles of the Advent Wreath, and scripture was read before each of three carols was sung.

Joyce LaVoie, who had knee surgery last month, was able to attend the service with Dave and her daughter-in-law. Joyce thanked all for the cards and prayers.

Former Pedee residents Jerry and Julie Dalke of Scappoose attended with Julie's son Nathan Wiedenmann and his family.

After Christmas Communion, which had been prepared by Juandeanne, the service closed on the singing of "Joy to the World."

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Christmas Day guests of Paul and Arlene Kovash were daughters Victoria, Christina and Lorraine, and Lorraine's husband Doug O'Dell of Salem; Dave and Suzanne Burbank and sons Brennan and Derek of Airlie; cousin Steve Gettigan and wife Marilyn of Philomath; and Pedee Creek neighbors Sam and Judy Guida. They played games and ended up at the Guida home for Christmas pies.

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My Sister, Nila Shellenbarger of Monmouth, and I had our family Christmas on Monday, Dec. 26, with her son Larry and his wife Mary Shellenbarger of Buena Vista. Others enjoying the gathering were Mary's mother Geri Niccoli and many other relatives from Corvallis, La Pine; Sherwood, Oregon City and Hermiston.

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