Vista Gatherings – November 18, 2014

Neighbors & Newcomers to host meeting Dec. 4

Due to the holidays, Neighbors and Newcomers will not be meeting in November and will be combining their November and December meetings.

They will be meeting on Dec. 4th at the Discovery Center on Peavine Road near Food City.

The meal will be catered by Big Boy Barbecue and will be Salad, Ham, Mashed Potatoes, green beans, rolls, apple cobbler, tea and coffee.

Please contact Robbie at 456-2790 to make reservations. All reservations must be made or cancelled by Nov. 29.

The club is open to all residents of Cumberland County and if you have friends or relatives visiting, please invite them to join us for an afternoon of fun.

Speaking of fun, the entertainment for the Holiday meeting will be none other than Jay Fox. Everyone has heard him sing and he has an outstanding voice. They will also be collecting money for the annual Shirley Butka Christmas shopping trip to buy presents for needy families.

Let’s all chip in and make the Christmas season brighter for kids who would not have had anything as we all know Christmas is really for kids. And, to make the meeting super special, they will be taking cream puff orders for our January meeting. Forte’s will be catering it at the library and we all love those cream puffs!

A big thank you to all who donated for Thanksgiving Turkeys. They collected over $600 and this will help feed many families in our area.

As always meals are $13 and dues are $12 with checks the preferred method of payment.

One Step Beyond luncheon set for Dec. 5

One Step Beyond Christmas Luncheon will be held at Forte’s Restaurant, Crossville, Tn Friday, Dec. 5 at 1:30 P.M.

Put this date on your calendar and plan to attend.  The meal will be 1/2 chicken, roasted potatoes, salad, bread, drink and dessert.  Pay by check, cash or credit card to Forte’s at the luncheon.

If you plan to attend, call Ron Hochheiser 931-210-4393 or Bobbye Bitto 931-707-8607 on or before Nov. 30 for reservations so Forte’s can get the number in attendance in order to prepare the meal.

The group welcomes those that are 50-plus in years who are single, widowed or divorced.

Winners meet Nov. 18

The Cumberland County Republican Party will have a reception for the city and state winners in the Nov. 4 election on Nov. 18 at 6 P.M. at the Community Complex.

These winners include the sate as well as the city elections.

Refreshments will be served and everyone is invited to come and help us celebrate their victories. Each winner will be available for questions and concerns.

SAM Christmas Party Planned for Dec. 3

The SAM (Single Adult Ministries) Christmas Pot Luck Party will be Wednesday, Dec. 3, in the Fellowship Hall of Fellowship Baptist Church, 12 Westminster Court, Fairfield Glade.

They will meet at 11:30 A.M. and eat around noon. The SAM sponsor will provide fried chicken, and everyone is asked to bring a dish to share.

Again this year, we’ll have a White Elephant Gift Exchange. What’s a white elephant?  It’s a ‘re-gift;’ something nice, in the $5 to $10 price range, that you have and don’t want or don’t use.  DO NOT WRAP IT!

They will play the ‘swap game’ for our gifts, and play some other games as well, so, bring your favorite board game or cards with you. You’ll also be able to view the 150 piece Nativity collection that will be set up in the church library.

Who’s invited?  If you are single; widowed, divorced, never married, 25 or older and NOT in a living-together relationship, you are welcome.

Please call Sharon at 931-456-0634 or Emily at 931-456-1409 by Monday, Dec. 1, with your reservation … they need to know how much chicken to order.

Note: Talking December, so, in case of bad weather cancellation, they will reschedule for the following Wednesday, same time and place.

(The SAM’s Coffee,Tea and Company meeting normally held from 9 to 11 every Wednesday will not meet that day.)

Fairfield Glade Council of Churches say thanks

The Fairfield Glade Council of Churches compassionate ministries outreach for the fall was the Cold Weather Clothing Program held during the month of October. Several local churches had their own programs in place, but, five churches participated and it was a ‘toasty warm success.’

(Listed alphabetically) Fairfield Glade Community Church, Fairfield Glade First Baptist Church, Fellowship Baptist Church, St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church and Westminster Presbyterian Church challenged their congregations.

Individuals responded; they dug through their closets, looked in their drawers and inspected boxes stored in their garages and basements. Some spread the word to their neighbors and friends, and a local resale outlet even shared some of their abundance.

They collected clean, gently used coats, sweaters, jackets, sweatshirts and winter vests, as well as blankets, throws, quilts, afghans and comforters for those in our area who don’t have the proper clothes and coverings for the fast approaching winter weather.

While an actual count was not taken, our guess is around 300 large black full-to-overflowing leaf sized bags were collected and given to three area agencies, proving once again the generosity and caring hearts of our folks..

The Crab Orchard Care Center, the Peavine Care Center and the Crossville Housing Authority picked up and distributed the warm clothing and blankets to folks in their areas who met their guidelines.

Just a reminder that the Fairfield Glade Council of Churches Thanksgiving Celebration will be on Tuesday, Nov. 25 at  P.M. (CST) at St. Francis Catholic Church on Peavine Road.

Glade Garden Club Hosts Poinsettia Sale

The Fairfield Glade Garden Club is starting the Christmas season off in a spirited way by hosting their annual Poinsettia Sale in the first week of December.

As in the past, it will be held in the rotunda portion of the Village Green Mall with an array of decorative multicolored plants from the traditional bright red to blends of red, pink and white.

The important thing to remember is this sale benefits the students that grew them through the scholarship foundation initiated by Past President, Helena Schmidt at the inception of the club back in 1994, a tradition that has grown over the years.

The dates and time of the sale will begin on Thursday, Dece. 4, from 9 A.M. to 3 P.M. followed by the same time periods on Friday Dec. 5 and Saturday Dec. 6.

New Generation Dance 

The New Generation Dance Club is a dinner dance club that features a social hour starting at 5:30 P.M. with dinner served at 6:30 and dancing continuing until 9:30 to live music.

Their dances are held at the Fairfield Glade Community Conference Center and dress is usually smart casual or dressy.

If you are new to this area, this is a great way to meet people.

Or, if you are a longtime resident and looking for a nice evening out, plan to attend our next New Generation Dance Club event on Tuesday, Dec. 9. For more information, please call Evelyne at 287-0097.

They meet four times per year in March, May, October and December on the second Tuesday of these months.  Membership for the first year is $35 per couple.

The FOL “Bling Sale,” Cool Thoughts for a Warm August

The FOL Bling Sale will not happen until Saturday, Dec. 13.

Also, if you have sold jewelry at a garage sale and have leftovers; think of donating the remainder to the FOL Bling Sale.

Drop off your donations at the Fairfield Glade Village Mall across from Kroger or at the Library in downtown Crossville.

Your donations are greatly appreciated and will help fund books and needed improvements to our Cumberland County Art Circle Library.

Volunteers needed 

Labor Day is over, kids are back in school and we begin to think about the coming autumn and then the end-of-the-year holidays.

You are invited to think about starting next year as a member of the AARP Tax-Aide team of counselors.

The local coordinators for the AARP Tax-Aide sites in Pleasant Hill, Tansi, Jamestown, Fairfield Glade and Crossville need you.

For more information about the program please call 456-4212.