Believe it or not, December is here.

With lots of excitement in store before the holidays, here’s the scoop for our fair town in the week ahead.

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Today — All day, 5th grade math benchmark; 8:30-11:30 a.m., ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) exam for Burton high juniors and seniors; 4:30-5:30 p.m., Sit and Be Fit at St. John’s UCC; 5 p.m., varsity girls Basketball at RT-C; 5:30-6:30 p.m., Motivated Movers at St. John’s UCC.

Wednesday — All day, 5th grade reading benchmark and 4th grade writing benchmark; 7:30 a.m., Gentle Yoga Class offered for free every Wednesday at St. John’s UCC of Burton; 8:30 a.m., Community Coffee at Greenvine Emmanuel Lutheran; 6-7:30 p.m., high school youth meets for BBAY ministry program.

Thursday — All day, UIL in Iola; all day, varsity boys basketball at RT-C tournament at RTC (through Saturday); all day, varsity girls basketball at St. Joseph tournament; 4-6 p.m., pick up for pork tamales ordered by Dec. 2 from Burton elementary students.

Friday — 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Enjoy Senior Day, sponsored by the Burton Bridge Ministry and held in the family life center of St. John’s UCC of Burton. Meals are served at noon for seniors age 55 and up. Cost is $3 per person. This week host church is St. John’s UCC serving chicken and sausage gumbo, rice, salad, garlic bread and desserts by ladies of the church. Come out and enjoy the games, food and fellowship.

Saturday — All day, ATSSA (Association of Texas Small School Bands) high school try-outs.

Sunday — 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Burton Community Blood Drive at St. John’s UCC of Burton (See below).

Next Monday — All day, 3rd grade, 4th grade and 6th grade math benchmark; 4:30 p.m., JH basketball hosts North Zulch.

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Heartfelt sympathy goes out to the family and friends of Judy Louise (Eckert) Landgraf, 66, of Brenham, who went to her eternal rest on Saturday, Nov. 23.

A private family service was held on Nov. 26 at Memorial Oaks Chapel.

This dear lady will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved her.

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This Sunday, you can be a hero.

Please consider saving lives through a blood donation.

Come out this Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. to St. John’s UCC of Burton to the Community Blood Drive.

Karen Harmel thanks you in advance.

If you have any questions, contact her at 289-5051.

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Enclosed for those who missed it is the December 2019 newsletter presented by Burton Bridge Ministry:

Community Ministry — Are you looking for a way to be a blessing this Christmas?

We are organizing two new outreach ministries to our community.

One is a hygiene cabinet at the Burton High School for students to receive necessary items when needed.

These include toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, soap, shampoo and feminine hygiene products.

Items can be brought to the Bridge office located at St. John United Church of Christ or delivered to the high school office.

The second opportunity is being offered through our Helping Hands team.

We are organizing three porch and wheelchair ramp repair projects in our community.

Donations are being collected to cover the materials needed to complete these projects.

Details were made available at the Community Thanksgiving Dinner and are available by contacting Pam Knebel at the Bridge office at 979-203-0781.

Senior Ministry — A hot lunch with dessert and a time to socialize is offered by the ministry each Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

All those in the community 55 or better are invited.

The cost of the meal will increase from $3 to $4 beginning Jan. 1, 2020.

This increase is necessary to help with expenses of providing quality meals.

Meals have been $3 since the beginning of the senior ministry in 2009.

Corner Shoppe/Store Next Door — Beginning Jan. 1, 2020, the price on all adult clothing will increase from $1 to $2 and the price of all children’s clothing will increase from .50 cents to $1.

This will exclude all specially priced clothing items. Prices on clothing have not increased since the Corner Shoppe opened in 2010.

Manna Ministry-Mobile Food Pantry — The next mobile food pantry date is Friday, Dec. 13 from 10 a.m. to noon.

This will be the second Friday of the month.

We look forward to seeing you there. The pantry is held at St. John United Church of Christ, Burton, in the parking lot.

We welcome any volunteers who would like to stop by and help.

Children and Youth Ministry — It’s an exciting time of year for our children and youth as we prepare for the annual family Christmas meal baskets and gifts for these family’s children.

Each family in need will receive a complete Christmas meal and clothing & a pair of shoes for each child in the family.

Proceeds raised through the silent auction at the Community Thanksgiving Dinner fund this project.

Thank you for your generous bids on the silent auction.

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Special dates to remember:

Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. the Visitor Center at the Depot, 507 N. Railroad St., Burton, is open.

It is open on the first Saturday of each month, hosted by volunteers of the Burton Heritage Society.

Saturday, Dec. 14 from noon until 4 p.m. is the Burton Christmas Market at the Texas Cotton Gin Museum & Pavilion, 307 N. Main St., Burton.

It features hand-crafted gifts; homemade breads and sweets; “Junebug’s” famous turkey stew; photos with Santa from 1-3 p.m.; making gingerbread houses; and crafts for kids.

Vendor space is available for $10.

Visit www.burtontexas.org or call 289-3378 to participate as vendor or for more information.

Saturday, Dec. 14 from noon to 4 p.m is Christmas at Winedale. It is free and open to the public.

Contact 979-278-3530 or visit www.winedale@austin.utexas.edu for more information.

Saturday, Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 15 at 10 a.m. is the Christmas Cantata at St. John’s UCC of Burton (turkey stew available before and after the Cantata).

Thursday, Dec. 19, pick up your Burton American Legion Post No. 242 monthly drive through meal from 5-6:30 p.m., serving chicken fried steak.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children.

Contact 979-203-8119 to reserve your meal or visit the Hair Depot or Malloy’s Automotive in Burton; 4-G Country Store in Carmine; or Dan’s Meat Market in Brenham.

Plates will be delivered at 5 p.m. to Dan’s for tickets sold at Dan’s.

Thank you for supporting the veterans.

Friday, Dec. 20 is the last day to get registration and payment in full for the 28th annual Women’s Retreat “Christ In Us” to be held Jan. 17-19, 2020, at Slumber Falls Camp.

Contact Bev Houston at 979-251-4282 to register or for more information.

Tuesday, Dec. 24 at 6 p.m. is the Children’s Christmas program, “We Three Spies,” at St. John’s UCC

Tuesday, Dec. 24, a Christmas Eve service will be held at 11 p.m. at St. John’s UCC; Christmas Eve service with Communion at 6 p.m. at Greenvine Emmanuel Lutheran; and Family Christmas program and Cantata at 6 p.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church of Rehburg.

(Check area churches individually or The Banner-Press for Christmas services in the Burton area).

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Special birthday wishes go out this week to two very special people in my life.

One is F.L. Sidenblad, my precious “brother-in-love” (best known to others by “Sid”), who will be turning 94 years young on Thursday.

The other is my very dear friend Dorothy Mae Eberhardt — lifelong resident of Burton who will be celebrating 90 years young on Saturday.

Also blowing out birthday candles this week include Kinslea Dudenhoeffer and Brad Roberts, today; Paula Moerbe, Sherri Thornton and Larry Wild, on Wednesday; Laura Muehlbrad, Mary Jo Schulz and Sid, on Thursday; Marguerite Baggett, Layne Chapman, Bennie Heitmann, James Jarvis, Jason Merryman and Doris Rosenbaum, on Friday; Dorothy Mae, James Garner, Emily McGarity, Ray Meyer Jr., Dale Neidig, Shirley Prenzler, Betty Thiel and Michael Wegner, on Saturday; Connor Crane, Larry Dallmeyer, Brad Eckert, Julianne Jones, Lane Michalak, Blanch Rodriguez and Fritz Steenken, on Sunday; and Gary Knipstein and Cameron Wagner, next Monday. Congratulations all!

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Happy anniversary wishes go out this week to Waldine and Allen Wickel, Wednesday; Kay and Darrell Matthies, on Friday; Peggy and John Crotchett, and Lindsay and Blake Henry on Saturday; and Aubrey and Wesley Brinkmeyer, and Edna Mae and Gene Meyer, next Monday. Congratulations all!

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Just one more thing — the older I get, I am seeing that things of the past are making a comeback like Mr. Rogers “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” (good job Tom Hanks!) and of all things like the “mullet” haircut, made popular years back by Billy Ray Cyrus.

Now I’m seeing football players sporting this men’s “do.”

My Tommy said he thinks he’ll let his hair grow out like that.

Then I said, “Where’s that rollin’ pin?!”

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If you have an item to place in the Burton News, you can call (please leave voicemail) or text Linda Russell at 289-5255 by 9 p.m. on the Sunday before you want your item to appear. You can also email burtonnews@hotmail.com with your item.

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