Author: Kristina Parella

By Nate Robbins, Assistant Pastor, Watershed Fellowship. It sounds strange to even think of asking for such a thing, but is it possible that a bit of humility is what we really need? Some in this day and age have confused humility with having low self-esteem, but that is not what we are after. A better definition coined by C.S. Lewis says, “True humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less.” But how do we begin to think about ourselves a bit less? One way is simply to sit in awe of the world around…

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The first official day of the summer season is Thursday, June 20th! There is so much to love about warmer weather, especially juicy, firm, and vibrantly colored, hand-picked produce and premium farm-to-table meats! Shop locally, buy seasonally, and consume your selections as soon as possible to receive the most potential health benefits. These FRESH recipes were collected from some of the best local farms in Lexington County and will not disappoint your family! Collard and Blueberry Walnut SaladSubmitted by: Christine Jackson, W.P. Rawl & Sons, Inc.INGREDIENTS:5 c. Nature’s Greens® Shredded Collards 1/2 c. Versatile Veggies® Diced Celery and Onion 1 c. red…

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By Paige Youmans. The United Service Organizations (USO) was established in 1941 “To strengthen the well-being of the people serving in America’s military and their families.” The program unites, delivers, entertains, and successfully transitions US active duty, reserve, and National Guard service members. In fact, in 2022 the USO provided 213,945 mission delivery moments statewide. Some of these came through the USO’s Reading Program, which allows active service members to record themselves reading a book as a heartwarming gift that is then sent to their family. Also, the USO offers Coffee Connections and Military Spouse events as ongoing opportunities to…

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By McKayla Tuten. Did you know that according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, the Word of the Year for 2020 was pandemic? I am sure that this is not a surprise to anyone, as 2020 was a year filled with masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, and toilet paper shortages. The year 2020 was the year that the coronavirus took the world by storm, resulting in a global pandemic. The year 2020 was also the year that I graduated from high school.I remember starting my senior year in the fall of 2019 with so many plans and goals for my last year of…

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What it Means to Me. By Ed Lundeen. To me, this day is one of the most important days in America because it is a day the Nation pauses and remembers the heroes who did not make it home. No matter where they came from, what war they served in or where they gave the ultimate sacrifice, the men and women who died for our freedom should always be remembered. We, who serve Veterans every day, are mindful of this sacrifice and listen to stories of Veterans or their survivors when we assist them with benefits. Sometimes their stories are filled…

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UPLIFT Encouragement Group Kentucky native Scheri Force was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in the late 1990’s. Refusing to succumb to a life of limitation or restriction, she has worked diligently toward an abundant and full life. “I have MS, but it does not have me,” she explains. “I don’t focus on what I have lost, but on what I can still do!” As she researched different ways to make a positive path in the world with MS for herself, Scheri realized that she was in a very unique position to be a source of encouragement and knowledge for others. After…

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By Kristi Antley. Lexington County is a crossroads of realms; it possesses a quaint and intimate, small-town community vibe with big-city amenities and resources. One of the fastest-growing counties in the state, Lexington has “curb appeal” with superior, award-winning schools, corporate career opportunities, an accommodating central airport, three major interstates, appealing residential neighborhoods, and many beautiful, relaxing outdoor spaces. Thanks to our rich soil, warm climate, dedicated workforce, and more than 360 growing days a year, you can also easily find the best locally sourced and fresh produce, herbs, and meats.Although pandemic-era regulations, changes, and shutdowns were inconvenient and uncomfortable…

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Why We ♥Love Our Moms Trenton, age 7: She is very kind. My favorite thing about my mommy is her snuggles.  Mommy will always love me and care about me and I love her back. Samuel, Age 8: I love my mom because she is mine. I love my mom because she helps me with my homework. I also love her because she helps me and my sister get along and lets me play outside. I love her because she is sweet, kind, and takes care of my cat, Max. Caroline, age 8: I love my mom because of the…

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A Safe Place. By Marilyn Thomas. In the recovery journey from substance abuse, finding and engaging in a strong support system promotes optimum success. For this reason, The Courage Center works to fulfill its role as a community resource that encourages healthy behaviors. Established in Lexington in 2016, The Courage Center (TCC) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to “provide a safe, supportive setting for all ages and their families on their journey to recovery from substance misuse or substance use disorder,” says Pam Imm, Ph.D., a co-founder of TCC. As a clinical and community psychologist, “I had done a…

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