Helping Hands

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Church leaders from Prince of Peace Catholic Community Church Houston, Texas recently visited Prince of Peace (POP) Hoover to thank parishioners for their $40K donation toward hurricane Harvey relief. POP Church members have also donated $23.5K to hurricane relief in Florida, Puerto Rico and earthquake assistance in Mexico. Seen here (L to R) is Bette Graffeo, POP director of pastoral care, and Kelly Doss, POP parish operations manager, accepting gift of a framed and artist-signed print of Jesus from Amy and Jim Schulist of POP, Houston.

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Study of the Saints

Study of the Saints

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The 4th grade students at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic School celebrated All Saints Day and a month-long research project about the saints during the month of November. Pictured here are the students with Our Lady Sorrows Associate Pastor Wilfred Emeh.

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Spike!

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The M Junior Division Volleyball Team at OLS spiked a first-place win in post season tournament play, (L to R front) Poppy Moellering, Neila Nene, Eryn Huie, Isabella Berry, (Back) Noah Riddle, Kayla Evans, Meredith Davis, Fletcher Hughey, and Coach Doug Moellering with his supportive son Henry.

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Visit from Big AL

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The University of Alabama mascot, Big Al, made a special appearance at Our Lady of Sorrows School (OLS) on “Claim Your Colors” spirit day. Big Al roamed the halls and visited with students. The “Claim Your Colors Spirit Day” is offered each year as an auction item at the OLS PTO Benefit Night. This school year’s event will be held on Saturday, February 24, 2018. The evening proceeds support the school in achieving its initiatives.

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“Salute to Alabama Veterans”

“Salute to Alabama Veterans”

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Well over 1,000 people recently gathered at the American Village for a Governor’s Salute to Alabama Veterans. At a Service of Recognition, Thanksgiving and Blessing held in the American Village Colonial Chapel, Governor Kay Ivey recognized all veterans for their service and presented each WWII veteran with a commemorative certificate. 97-year-old WWII veteran Col. Carl Cooper thanked the Governor on behalf of all veterans and presented her with an American flag.

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Top Gifts for Your Friends & Family Who Love God’s Great Outdoors

Top Gifts for Your Friends & Family Who Love God’s Great Outdoors

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Whether it’s a rod and reel, range finder or camo clothing you need help with, Joe Phillips has the scoop on the best buys. His top ten gift list includes the Shimano Curado K Reel and the G-Loomis IMX Pro 853C JWR Rod as well as the Sitka Mountain Jacket. Visit him at Mark’s Outdoors.

Struggling with what to buy for your friend or family member that loves the outdoors? The staff at Mark’s Outdoors is ready to help! Here’s a look at some of the items on their Top Ten List, specially priced for the Christmas season.

Sitka Camo Clothing. Streamlined to move like the wind while standing strong against it, the Sitka Mountain Jacket ($269.99) is imperceptibly light and minimal in bulk. It nearly disappears in your pack.

Mini-safes. Safely secure your valuables or handgun in the new Home Defender (HD) Series by Liberty Safe. The HDX-250 Smart Vault ($239) allows for quick and secure access by using our 5th Generation BIOMETRIC finger swipe technology.

For 17 years John Fuller has been helping customers at Mark’s Outdoors. He can answer any question you have about safes and help you choose the one that is right for you and your family.

Carry On. The medium duffle bag from Filson ($395) is designed to meet maximum airline carry-on size restrictions and includes interior stow pockets, so you only need one bag for all your adventures. Constructed of rain-resistant rugged twill, durable bridle leather, rustproof brass zipper and storm flap closure for added protection from the weather.

Game Camera. Bucks may be skittish and difficult to scout, but even the swiftest of deer is no match for the eye of the Moultrie M-40 Game Camera ($149.99). A lightning-fast 0.3-second trigger speed and a 100-foot flash range give you an extra set of eyes that can spot game through the trees, day or night.

For more details on these gifts and other great gift ideas see Mark’s Outdoors Top Ten Gift Ideas on-line at www.marksoutdoors.com/top-10-gifts.html  or visit us in Vestavia. We are ready to help you make the most of God’s great outdoors!

– Mark’s Outdoors

1400-B Montgomery Highway, Vestavia 35216

205-822- 2010, www.marksoutdoors.com

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Great LOCAL GIFTS for Family & Friends

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Visit Vulcan 

The Anvil Gift Shop at the Vulcan Park & Museum is a great place to pick up a piece of Birmingham to share with family and friends this Christmas. You’ll find stocking stuffers including delicious Birmingham Candy Company chocolates shaped like our great state ($4) and Chocolate Paws ($3) for the pet lover in your life. The shop also has a wide variety of “made in Alabama” candles to choose from and of course many items bearing THE symbol of Birmingham including a custom designed Vulcan Snow Globe ($29.99), Vulcan Ornament ($24.99), Vulcan Coffee Mug ($22) and Vulcan Mini-Statue ($29.99).

Unique Finds at Wild Birds 

The staff at the locally owned Wild Birds Unlimited store in Hoover has every gift a bird watcher could every want and MORE! For instance, the shop is home to Zkano fashion socks made from start to finish in a family mill in Fort Payne, Ala. The business is run by a second-generation sock maker who works alongside her parents to oversee every detail of the production. Find duck, reindeer and patterned designs available in men’s and women’s sizes. ($16.99) Give the holiday scent of fir without the mess. Wild Birds’ Bedrock Tree Farm soy candles are handcrafted at the New England farm with freshly harvested fir needles and available in several sizes ($18.99-$24.99). Add a unique touch to your holiday decor with flat, dripless candles hand made in Lithuania and beautifully designed with nature and holiday scenes. ($14.99). And don’t forget a gift for your feathered friends. Wild Birds is home to seasonal seed cylinders including gingerbread men (18.99) and snowmen ($16.99)

Celebrate Life.

Stay on top of life in 2018 while celebrating and supporting the lives of the children and parents touched by Sav-a-Life Vestavia. The 2018 Calendar ($10) features beautiful photographs of babies helped by this local ministry.  Sav-a-Life is dedicated to putting an end to abortion by supporting one woman at a time, to spare her and her child from abortion. The ministry offers free pregnancy testing, ultrasound, prenatal assessment, STI/STD testing for men and women, childbirth education classes, parenting classes, and fatherhood programming. Order your 2018 Calendar by calling 979-0302 or visiting www.savalife.org to give your tax-deductible gift.

Gift “Good News” All Year Long 

For a friend that has moved away from our great city or state, a Gift Subscription to Birmingham Christian Family will keep them up to speed on all our Good News! A subscription is also a great gift for individuals unable to easily leave home to pick up a copy each month. A gift card from you will be included with the first issue. Send check for $25 (One Year/12 issues) to: Birmingham Christian Family, P.O. Box 382724, Birmingham, Ala. 35238. Be sure to include the Recipients Address.

-For More Great Gift Ideas See Page 27

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Lucky to Live in Alabama

Lucky to Live in Alabama

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Looking for a great gift idea for the young one in your life? Check out author Kate B. Jerome’s new interactive children’s books series Lucky to Live in… which is recommended as a “give your personal best” selection in Parents Magazine’s 2017 Holiday Gift Guide. Designed for children ages 4 to 7, Lucky to Live in Alabama is a cross between a story book and a memory book. Read aloud rhymes and fill in the blank prompts are designed to capture a child’s story- customized to where they live. The book’s well illustrated spreads encourage conversation about local cuisine like fried green tomatoes and interesting places to visit like the McWane Center and the U.S. Space and Rock Center. Additional spreads cover everything from music appreciation and nature to favorite celebrations and goals. Find Lucky to Live in Alabama ($16.99) at Sanctuary Books & Gifts in Alabaster, and for a full list of books in the state series visit www.arcadiapublishing.com. †

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HGTV’s Chip Gaines Pens Capital Gaines

HGTV’s Chip Gaines Pens Capital Gaines

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Three years ago, I remodeled my house. I started in the attic and worked my way down through two levels, room by room. I started on Memorial Day and ended around Labor Day. Tackling unfamiliar tasks and watching each room change into something new and fresh was a great adventure. It was hard work and took lots of time, but it was one of the best summers I’ve ever had.

Transforming tired houses into welcoming homes is what Chip and Joanna Gaines do, and for them it isn’t just a job. It is a calling, a way of making the world a better place. Capital Gaines (Thomas Nelson/Hardcover $24.99) is Chip’s story. It is an honest and fun account of mistakes made and blessings received. Interwoven into the remarkable success of the Gaines’ Magnolia enterprises and their “Fixer Upper” television series on HGTV, is Chip Gaines’ deep love for family and a strong faith in God’s leadership.

Capital Gaines is about being brave and following God’s leading, even when it’s risky. It’s about finding beauty in places others overlook and being passionate and determined when the going gets tough. Chip believes that businesses and families are gifts from God. We should be good stewards of those gifts by working hard, having faith, and learning as much as we can. Chip urges us to find our calling, then do our best and trust God for the rest.

Darrel Holcombe, Owner
Sanctuary Christian Books and Gifts
Colonial Promenade, Alabaster

205-663-2370

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