Roses Among Thorns

Roses Among Thorns enjoyed their Christmas Tea in a Victorian setting this year. Each person was greeted at the registration table, which was covered with a floor-length crushed gold silk cloth over layer with a white Battenberg cloth. The offset floral arrangement, in a walnut treasure chest of fresh mixed evergreens, asparagus fern, pine cones, roses and double gypsophila, also held three white porcelain doves representing the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. An antique oil lamp and card saying "Christmas isn’t about the presents ... but about His presence," completed the setting.

Gifts to be exchanged were placed onto tables covered in cloths matching those of the registration table, as were the food tables and the dining tables. Each setting held a white Battenberg napkin folded into a Christmas tree shape with asparagus fern and a rose donated by Ye Olde Daisy Shoppe. Party favors this month were fruit bars made by Linda and Robert Arnold from an old family recipe and were a special treat for the Roses. They were incased in clear bags with the word "Joy" on the outside. Completing the setting was a nine foot fir tree decorated in handmade ornaments of lace, pearls, silk flowers, beads, glass balls, and clear mini-lights.

The December theme was "Christmas Joy." Linda Dickey quoted John 15:11 "My (Jesus’) joy may remain in you." She said the real meaning of Christmas brings joy to our hearts and we can only know that joy by receiving Christ as our Savior. She read other short Christmas stories and poems regarding joy.

The Roadrunners’ Extension Homemakers Club of the North Faulkner County E.H. Council provided the decorating. They have partnered with Roses Among Thorns as part of their breast cancer awareness project and serve at the monthly teas.

Donna Berry was a special guest along with Lanny Duncan, Katie Patrom, Raleigh Hartley, his mother and grandmother. Servers this month were Linda Arnold, Martha Wilcox, Sue Benge and Sandi Zimmerman. Two new survivors were welcomed: Sandy Lewis Roberts of Maumelle and Christy Parker of Greenbrier.

After a buffet and gifts, the group departed to the sanctuary of Springhill Baptist Church where Katie Patrom and Raleigh Hartley performed Christmas piano solos and singing of carols. The program ended by all singing "Joy to the World" a cappella.

Roses Among Thorns is a non-profit organization (501 c3) that ministers to women who have had any type of cancer. If you would like to make a donation or contribute in memory of someone, mail your tax-free donation to Roses Among Thorns, P.O. Box 1340, Greenbrier, AR 72058.

If you or any woman you know has cancer or is a survivor and would be interested in attending, please contact Linda Dickey to reserve your seat at 501-679-2931 or 501-472-1120. Also, if you would be interested in volunteering, please call Linda.

Parkinson’s Disease Support Group

A good group attended the Parkinson’s Disease Support Group meeting held at the McGee Center, Wednesday, Dec. 12.

Lydia Stevens, Arkansas PD Coordinator from Hot Springs, was the special guest. She answered questions and brought the latest news about Parkinson’s. She conducted the Bingo where everyone won several prizes.

Shelia Voyles won the cover all prize of an audio CD "The Generosity Factor," by S. Truett Cathy, founder of Chick-fil-A and another audio CD, "God’s Grace from Ground Zero," by Jim Cymbala, pastor of Brooklyn Tabernacle.

Famous local breadmaker, Frances Nabholz, brought homemade bread. She presented one to Mrs. Stevens, and one to facilitator, Bronnie Rose. Two loaves were given as door prizes which Sheila Voyles and Jan Gruen won.

The group presented a gift of appreciation to Mrs. Stevens. In addition to the bread, she received soup mix, peanut butter and hand cream.

Mrs. Stevens and the group recognized Ed and Willa Voyles, founders of the local group, in observance of their 60th wedding anniversary.

Jan and Clem Gruen presented each person a jar of homemade apple butter. Each month the persons present put their change in a jar. They presented $36 to Mrs. Stevens for the Arkansas Chapter of PD from their "change jar."

They presented $85.93 to her in July when she was the special guest.

Those present enjoyed Christmas refreshments, fellowship, and they also sang carols.

The next meeting of the group will be at 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 9, at the McGee Center on College Avenue.

Call Mrs. Rose at 329-6282 or 246-1972 if you have any questions.