LISA VOYLES: Kicking off the holidays


Believe it or not, it’s that time again!
Thanksgiving is upon us and Christmas is right around the corner. And there is no lack of things to do, events to attend and opportunities to share some holiday cheer.
For me, personally, we’ll start things off with the Greater Houston Ministerial Alliance Community Thanksgiving service. I know, it’s a mouthful, but it’s a wonderful event to experience. The Community Thanksgiving service is held the Monday before Thanksgiving in the Houston High School auditorium at 7 p.m. and features music from the community choir, speakers from different churches and congregational singing. This year, the hand bell choirs from Parkway Baptist Church and First United Methodist Church will join together to perform two songs. I’ve been a member of the FUMC hand bell choir for over 10 years so, naturally, that’s one of my favorite parts of the service.
I tell people I’m like a member of the NRA when it comes to bells. I’m a self-proclaimed “bell nut” and you’ll get my bells when you can pry them from my hands.
But that’s not the point of this column.
What I’m really trying to say is, the holidays are here and there are plenty of opportunities to give thanks or spread some Christmas cheer.
All of our area towns are sponsoring some kind of Thanksgiving service or meal. Each of our communities has some kind of gift program for the less fortunate. All of our churches have a service, pageant or program to ring in the season.
Find the one that fits you and your family and be a part of the holiday season.
Drop some change in the Salvation Army kettle to help someone else. Or just share a smile and a positive word with someone on the street.
The smallest contribution can make the biggest difference. And isn’t that the ultimate goal – to help our fellow man?
Get in where you fit in and join the holiday spirit.

Lisa Voyles is Managing Editor/Sports for the Chickasaw Journal. She can be reached at 456-3771 or via email to

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