The first to hear the news of the Christ child were the shepherds.
Shepherds Worship Baby Jesus: a devotion by Ann E. Broughton
“And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:8-11 NIV
The first to hear the news of the Christ child were the shepherds. The scripture says that they hurried off to find the baby, and then they went and told everyone about what the angels told them. Maybe the angels told the news to the shepherds because Jesus would become our shepherd. These shepherds bent their knee to worship the Christ child and later they would be saved through this little baby when He grew up to be the great Shepherd. Jesus said, “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me—-just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep” (John 10:14-15 NIV).
He sacrificed His life to save us from the enemy (Satan) and death. Just like a shepherd who would lay down his life for his sheep, so did Jesus become the ultimate sacrifice for our sins. Jesus is our shepherd who loves us. “He tends his flock like a shepherd; He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young” (Isaiah 40:11 NIV).
I like to imagine Jesus holding me close to His heart when I am having struggles or when life’s burdens threaten to overwhelm me. I picture myself in His arms safe and sound, away from the enemy(Satan) and secure in His love. Jesus calls us by our name and leads us.”He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them and his sheep follow him because they know his voice” (John 10:3-4 NIV).
We are referred to in scripture as the sheep…”We all like sheep have been led astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all” (Isaiah 53:6 NIV). Jesus is our shepherd calling us by name while we wander in the wilderness of sin and hopelessness.It is up to us to listen to His voice and run to his arms to receive his forgiveness and grace. In order to hear His voice we need to be still long enough to meditate in prayer.
This is a busy season and sometimes it is easy to be all caught up in the shopping and parties and forget about the baby Jesus the shepherds went to see.Let us remember why we celebrate Christmas and listen to our Shepherd’s voice.He is calling to all of us to serve Him.
Dear Lord, Thank you for sending us Jesus as our shepherd. Help us to listen to His voice and come running to Him when we are lost. Let us never go so far away from Him that we can’t hear His voice anymore, because it is then that the enemy will sneak up on us and steal away our peace. Thank you for saving us and holding us close. May we remember that the baby born on Christmas became the shepherd who sacrificed himself so that we can live forever.
The bumpers were up and the pizza was “Heavenly” on Sunday,December 9th. Pack #372 was treated to Heavenly Pizza and bowling as a reward for all of the service projects completed earlier this year. Twenty scouts, along with siblings and parents were there at the Ten Pin on Main Street, ready to get a few strikes.There were even a few 300 games! (Ok, if you add the total of number of pins for all of the bowlers in a lane.)
The boys were each given their official Pinewood Derby racing kits from Cubmaster, Eric Trout, along with the rules and regulations for each. This year’s Pinewood Derby has a slightly earlier date, January 20th,so let’s all get those cars cut, sanded, and painted over Christmas break!There will be a weigh in prior to the race on January 16th at the Scout House from 6:30 to 8:00. This is the time to make adjustments and modify weight if needed. If your scout has not yet received their car kit, you can contact Eric Trout at (419) 262-3967.
The fun doesn’t stop when the snow starts flying. There isplenty more fun to come. Along with January’s Pinewood Derby, there will also be the biennial Mom/Scout Birdhouse Auction on February 10th. This is a special event where the houses (or bird feeders) are made with love by a scout and a special lady, (Mom, Aunt,Grandmother, etc.). Money raised helps to fund scout events like Camp Berry and our late night pool party.
We wish all of the families and friends of Pack #372 a Wonderful and Happy Holiday Season.
During the holiday season, disruptions to your travel schedule are practically a guarantee….
(Family Features) Planning travel around the holidays is rarely simple. Coordinating flights or ground transportation is often just the beginning, and safely arriving at your destination may feel like a gift in its own right.
During the hustle and bustle of the holidays, concerns about health and safety can fall by the wayside, but some medical emergencies – whether it be an unforeseen accident, food reaction or chronic condition – are more prevalent during the holiday season. For example, the American Heart Association notes the highest incidence rate of cardiac mortality for the entire year occurs between Christmas and New Year’s Day. Food poisoning, intoxication, traffic accidents and injuries related to burns and decorations, among other incidents, also result in higher amounts of emergency room visits during the holidays.
This year, with holiday travel volume projected to be its highest since 2005 in the United States, according to AAA, take heightened precautions to prepare for the unexpected and protect your health and safety.
Schedule a safety net. During the holiday season, disruptions to your travel schedule are practically a guarantee. Plan for the inevitable by creating a travel schedule that gives you ample cushion for interruptions like traffic delays and late flights.
Carry your health history with you. While medical emergencies may not be predictable, having pertinent medical information for everyone in your party can make an unexpected medical event less problematic. Particularly for caregivers, whether your charges are children or aging adults, a tool like the Backpack Health app can help you get organized. The free mobile app provides secure access to personalized, comprehensive medical information and documents, including wellness, illnesses, injuries, chronic health conditions, physicians, prescriptions, allergies and treatments, in one central location on your mobile device. It is also multilingual, providing peace of mind even if traveling abroad and information needs translated for a medical professional.
“Especially for people living with chronic, serious and rare conditions, holiday travel often disrupts health routines – like skipping or rescheduling medical appointments and treatments or forgetting to refill, pack and take medications – and can rob people of enjoying time with friends and family,” said Jim Cavan, president and CEO of Backpack Health. “If you’re traveling across the globe or across town, having extensive medical history, for both you and your loved ones, at your fingertips offers assurance to enjoy the holidays with more peace of mind without the burden of carrying medical folders.”
Pack for the unexpected. Plan around delays by ensuring you have snacks and entertainment to divert antsy children (and adults). Be sure to keep medications in your carry-on bags or where you can easily access them in the car. If you’re traveling by car, carry an emergency kit with items such as extra blankets, a first-aid kit and roadside flares.
Watch the weather. If you’ll be traveling to an area that experiences severe winter weather, or if you live in an area that could have wintry weather when you return, it’s a good idea to keep close tabs on the forecast. Timing your arrival differently by hours or a day can make a major difference in your travel time and safety.
As you embark on this year’s travel adventures, keep the spirit of the season alive and focus on all the good that awaits when you arrive.
The Village of North Baltimore invites qualified applicants for the position of Plant Operator.
The Village of North Baltimore invites qualified applicants for the position of Plant Operator. Progressive, friendly, hospitable community located in north west Ohio about 15 miles South of Bowling Green and 12 miles North of Findlay, Ohio.
Under direction, operates water treatment plant; performs routine laboratory testing of water samples; operates wastewater treatment plant and performs maintenance and repair of water distribution system. Must be able to obtain a class B CDL, be willing to work a rotating shift on weekends, able to work some Holidays, and get Lab certification license. Wages dependent upon qualifications.
Qualifications include, but are not limited to, completion of secondary education with training in water treatment plant operation or one (1) to two (2) years’ experience operating a water treatment plant or equivalent combination. Must be able to pass a background check and be subject to periodic drug and alcohol screening.
Interested applicants can pick up an employment application at 205 N. Main St. in North Baltimore or have one sent to them by contacting Janet Goldner at (419) 257 2394. A properly completed application, with references, must be submitted to Janet L. Goldner at the Village of North Baltimore, 205 North Main Street, North Baltimore, Ohio 45872.
Passed away at 12:32 a.m., Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Shirley L. Baker, 66, of Cygnet passed away at 12:32 a.m., Tuesday, December 11, 2018, at the Bridge Hospice Care Center, Bowling Green. She was born on September 8, 1952, to the late Noel “Jim” E. and Leila Mae (Bates) Thrasher. She married James “Jim” Baker on May 5, 1978, and he survives.
Shirley is also survived by her daughters: Kimberly (Jason) Peters of Perrysburg, Terrisa Sharp of Findlay and Jamie (Randy) Gregg of Rudolph; her brother, Jim (Michelle) Thrasher of Risingsun; her sisters: Dianne (Kent) Mintz of Risingsun and Carol Thrasher of Bettsville; her beloved grandchildren: Brandy, Emily, Zachary, Leila, Tyler, Brody and Callie.
She was preceded in death by her sister, Connie Pierce.
Shirley formerly worked for Bowling Green State University as a Custodian. She enjoyed baking, but her greatest love was spending time with her family.
A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, December 14, 2018, at SMITH-CRATES FUNERAL HOME, North Baltimore. Burial will be in Jerry City Cemetery.
Visitation will be held from 2:00-4:00 and 6:00-8:00 p.m., Thursday at SMITH-CRATES FUNERAL HOME.
Memorial contributions may be made to Bridge Home Health and Hospice. Online condolences may be expressed at www.smithcrates.com.
Certainly where the tree ends up factors into its environmental impact…..
COLUMBUS, Ohio — When it comes to Christmas trees, a real tree, surprisingly, isn’t always the greenest choice.
If you buy and use an artificial tree at least four years, its
environmental impact equals that of a fresh-cut tree purchased every
year for the same number of years, said Elizabeth Myers Toman, an
assistant professor in the College of Food, Agricultural, and
Environmental Sciences (CFAES) at The Ohio State University.
That’s because each year’s drive to buy a real tree adds to the
amount of carbon dioxide and other climate change-causing carbon
compounds entering the atmosphere. Buying a plastic tree typically
involves one trip to a store, which is usually a nearby retailer, then
only annual trips by foot to the attic or basement to retrieve it every
Drive 25 miles or more to buy that real tree and the overall carbon
footprint is greater than that of an artificial tree — even if you use
the artificial tree only once before tossing it, Toman said. That’s
regardless of whether you get rid of your fresh-cut tree by sending it
to a landfill, burning it or composting it.
“How far a person drives to get the tree — real or artificial — has
the most significant impact on the environment,” said Toman, who teaches
a course about the life cycle of products from production to disposal
to determine their total effect on the environment.
While they’re alive, trees take in carbon dioxide and produce oxygen —
a plus for the environment. And if they’re composted or even burned
after they’re taken down, key nutrients return to the soil. All good.
An artificial tree is made of plastic, typically manufactured in a
factory overseas, then transported to the United States, all of which
has a carbon footprint. But the longer the artificial tree is used, the
effect on the environment can become less than that of a real tree,
“Just because a product is biodegradable doesn’t mean it’s the most
green, environmentally friendly product,” Toman said. “How the product
is used often determines how much of an impact it has on the
In the case of Christmas trees, that means not only how it gets to a
person’s home but also the type of lights strung on it. Holiday lights,
whether they’re LED or incandescent, have more of an effect on the
environment than whether the tree is plastic or real, Toman said.
Using incandescent lights on a tree for just one year can have a
greater energy demand than the total energy required over the lifetime
of a tree to manufacture, transport and dispose of the tree, whether
artificial or real, she said.
“So if you’ve got an artificial tree, you don’t necessarily have to feel guilty about it,” Toman said.
Certainly where the tree ends up factors into its environmental impact.
At the end of the holiday season, a real tree that’s composted can
return to the soil crucial nutrients that will in turn help spur the
growth of other trees.
When the artificial tree is no longer needed or wanted, donating it
will offer it another life with a different home enjoyed by a different
collection of people, rather than lodged in a landfill where it will
take hundreds of years to degrade.
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio,
– The Northwestern Water and Sewer District (The District) delivers
water and sewer services to over 19,000 customers in Wood, Sandusky, and
Hancock counties. Although many of our projects are performed
underground, our utility work can impact roads throughout our service
area. The District will announce updates and when additional projects
are under contract. Updates and additions are highlighted in bold and
Perrysburg Township – Sanitary Sewer Improvements Through
May, short-term intermittent lane restrictions are possible throughout
Perrysburg Township for sewer work and manhole repair. Project
Rossford & Perrysburg Township – Waterline Replacement Through
December, intermittent lane restrictions are possible on Vineyard and
Groce Streets in Rossford and on Riverbend Court and White Road in
Perrysburg Township for waterline replacement. Restoration work will
take place in the spring. Project complete: December.
Rossford – Lead Service Line Removal Project *UPDATE* Effective the week of December 17, through
May, intermittent lane restrictions are possible in Rossford for lead
service line removal. Project complete: May. For more information and
to sign up for email updates go to: https://www.nwwsd.org/what-we-do/water/water-facts/lead/
Weston & Cygnet – Waterline Replacement *PROJECT COMPLETE* Waterline replacement work in Weston and in Cygnet is now complete. Restoration will be completed in the spring. Project complete: December.