Pedee Church’s Christmas Eve candlelight service was special this year as the children’s program highlighted the event, which was written and acted almost totally by the kids, and directed by Heather Traglia. It was titled “Mary’s Little Lamb,” and told the story of the nativity through the eyes of Mary. The cast included Ariana and Angel Medina; Allana, Aliyah, Alex, Abby, Arwynne, and Amaya Russell; Jenae, Lilah, Kailey and Wyatt Traglia; Kalina and Kindan Brotherton; Arthur and Penny Coe; Alyssa Johnson; Avery Gaul; and Annika and Leo Mellein. Songs were sung by Allana, Annika and Jenae with Alex on the piano for one and Jenae on the ukulele for another. After the play more than 100 people in the congregation sang carols, circling the sanctuary and lighting candles for the last two. This beautiful service brings home the meaning of Christmas for me.

Several church members invited guests, as did Jennifer Mellein, whose brother and sister-in-law Andy and Miranda Hedgpeth came from Wren and then spent Christmas day with James and Jennifer, along with their parents Beldon and Barbie Hedgpeth, also of Wren.

Fred and Cindy Clark had a full week. Their son Hans Clark and kids Spike and Saoirse came down from Alaska for the holidays and they all had a wonderful time. Christmas Day included Fred’s sister Carol and Stu Hemphill and their sons Nate, with wife Jennifer Callison and son Jasper, and Dallas and two kids, Austin and Emma. Fred and Cindy gave Hans a day of hunting at Luckiamute Valley Pheasants, and so he had brought his dog Gretchen to help out. One night included a sleepover for the grandkids, the girls staying at Cindy’s and riding horses and the boys staying with Carol and Stu and going 4-wheeling. They even squeezed in a cool movie, Ferdinand, in Independence.

Shawn and Trina Brotherton and kids Kalina and Kindan went to Leavenworth, Wash., during the holidays. They had gone up to see Trina’s friend Katy in East Wenatchee, who was a vet school friend and maid of honor at their wedding. They had a great time sledding and playing in the snow with her four boys and also got to visit this quaint Bavarian town which becomes a “Village of Lights” (half a million of them) at Christmas.

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