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Email Announcements Received Today:

1) Rotary Fruit Sale Pick Up

Those generous community members who have purchased fruit from the Boone Sunrise Rotary for the club’s annual Indian River Fruit Sale may pick up their orders fromThursday, Dec. 11 through Sunday, Dec. 14 at Legends on Hardin Street on the Appalachian State University campus.

Pick-up times are as follows:
Thursday, 1-5:30 p.m.
Friday, 2-5 p.m.
Saturday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, 1-4 p.m.

2) Affordable Care Act Information Session Held Dec. 16

Do you want to learn more about the insurance coverage you purchased through the Health Insurance Marketplace? Join Watauga County Outreach Eligibility Specialist Eric Schneider for an Affordable Care Act information session at the Watauga County Public Library on Tuesday, Dec. 16In these information sessions we will be covering the basics of how insurance coverage works and how to properly use insurance coverage while minimizing out-of-pocket costs. Two times are available: 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. & 5:30-7:00 p.m.  For more information please call the library at 828-264-8784, extension 2.

3) Lessons and Carols at St. Mary of the Hills 

The choir of St. Mary of the Hills Episcopal Church will present a traditional Lessons and Carols service Sunday afternoon, December 21st at 3:30 p.m. The service will be held in the church, and everyone is truly welcome.  In case of bad weather, please call the church office (295-7323) to confirm that the service is not being rescheduled. Familiar to Christians everywhere through BBC broadcasts from King’s Chapel, Cambridge, the service tells the story of the fall of Adam, the promise of the Messiah, and the birth of Jesus as told in short Bible readings interspersed with carols and hymns. Sung in Anglican churches all over the world since the 1880’s, the service is a lovely part of the Christmas season and celebration of the miracle of God’s love as expressed by the birth of the Christ child. While the terms “carol” and “hymn” are often used interchangeably, the two are, in fact, different. Hymns tend to exhort us, or teach us some point of theology, while the purpose of the carol – just like the stained glass windows in medieval cathedrals – is to tell a Bible story in a way both joyous and reverential. Music for this Lessons and Carols includes – Adam lay ybounden by Warlock, the traditional Appalachian carol I wonder as I wanderThe Record of John by Orlando Gibbons, Lo How a Rose, Healey Willan’s I beheld her, the lively Spanish carol Riu, riu, chiu, and the lovely lullaby Bethlehem down by Warlock. The St. Mary’s choir is directed by Dr. James Bumgardner, and is planning for its trip this summer as choir-in-residence at Durham Cathedral in England.