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CHRISTINE’S CORNER by Christine Pace

First, let me wish all our readers a Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah season. I pray for your good health, strength & comfort & healing, and joy.


Join us at Rocky Hill Baptist Church this Friday evening, December 24th, for a Christmas Eve service and communion. The service begins at 6 pm.


This year’s Christmas cantata packed the pews at Rocky Hill this past Sunday evening, and the Family Life Center afterward was full of laughter & fellowship, Christmas wishes, and platters of delicious finger foods.

The cantata “Noel … Born Is the King”, led by Lenoir Bishop, was masterfully performed and heartfelt by so many attendees. There were visitors too from other churches who were not yet back to holding Sunday evening services at their own churches. All were gladly welcomed to ours!

Members & visitors at Rocky Hill recognize how blessed we are to have escaped so much illness from the Covid-19 variants, and we offer prayers of healing and comfort to those not so fortunate.


The Winter season began on Tuesday, Dec. 21st, and will end on March 20, 2022.

Easter will be on April 17, 2022.

According to the website, winter will be “colder and dryer than normal” with below-average snowfall this year.

In my yard the leaves, though finally off the trees and raked into 2 big piles, need to be moved off my lawn; my young grandson would rather I leave the leaves. The acorns are plentiful this year!

I may have the perfect place to plant Dahlia bulbs in the spring after I get some large tree roots moved and the ground plowed. I’m not sure if I should call a tree service? I’d appreciate your suggestions via my email:

Please let me or Linda know your news, visits or travels and other celebrations! Merry Christmas and an early Happy New Year!


The Youth Group, which normally meets from 6-7 pm at the Family Life Center each Wednesday, will resume after the New Year.

On Wednesday evenings a Bible Study is held in the large classroom inside Rocky Hill church; led by Dr. Leland Holland, it begins at 6 pm.

At 7 pm on Wednesday is Choir Practice in the choir loft of the church, led by Lenoir Bishop. Choir & Bible Study will resume after New Year.

Sunday morning both young people and adults are invited to Sunday school in the main church at 10 am, and the pastor’s sermon begins at 11 am in the church sanctuary. These services continue this coming weekend.

Everyone is invited to attend any or all services at Rocky Hill Baptist Church. For more information please call the pastor, Dr. Leland Holland, at the church office at (828) 862-5611.

Rocky Hill church is located at 10811 Greenville Hwy.(Hwy. 276-S) 3/10 mile past the Cedar Mountain Fire Department.


The Community Center is for rent! The center has a capacity of 150 standing and seating for 100. There is a commercial-style kitchen too. Our center is the perfect place for your reception, party, family reunion, business meeting, or other activity. Get married outside and have your reception at the Center or use it as a dressing room for outdoor weddings. Make food in the commercial kitchen or have it catered by local professionals. To rent, email Caroline Chambers at or call her at 828-290-9662.

AROUND THE HOUSE by Linda Packer Young

We have decorated all we are going to this year. Combining two households means lots more decorations. Several boxes had to be returned to the basement unused. At least I got my nativity crèche up and everybody in the cast put in place. My little 3-foot pre-lit pre-decorated Christmas tree has been extracted from its plastic bag and is now sitting on a box in the window so it can be seen. A new ornament has been added. It says “Linda and Richard’s first Christmas as Mr. and Mrs.” and shows two snow people rubbing their carrot noses.

We decided to decorate our mailbox post. To show off the garland my honey and I painted the post white. Some silk poinsettia flowers finished it off nicely. It looks very seasonal.

Thank you for reading the Cedar Mountain News. Your contributions and comments are encouraged and welcome. We’d like to hear what’s going on if you would like to share. Photos are welcome as well. Please respond by Monday evening.


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