Here Comes Santa Claus

New Carlisle welcomed another holiday season with its annual Christmas in New Carlisle celebration on Sunday, December 1. The event, organized by Discover New Carlisle, featured a craft show at the fire station and the traditional lighted parade down Michigan Street. Despite the rain, residents lined the street to see floats representing various community organizations, local businesses, sports teams, and school clubs. Santa Claus made his way through town not on a sleigh, but atop a New Carlisle firetruck. As Santa passed the Town Hall, the town Christmas tree was illuminated to the delight of the crowd. After the parade, the community gathered for cookies and hot cocoa at the fire station.

Christmas Message from Olive Chapel

Every holiday season we are bombarded with television commercials, ads in magazines, billboards, and movies portraying families gathering around the table with a beautifully laid out feast. Everyone is smiling warmly at one another and creating wonderful memories with absolutely no stress or tension to be found. This is the American dream at its finest, and we all get to partake in it, right? Then why is it that when asked about their holiday plans most people will respond with a heavy sigh, roll their eyes as they list off the obligations to buy gifts for people they don’t even like, and let’s not forget those tension-filled family gatherings? Why is it that as the holidays approach us, so

What are we waiting for?

Advent is a time of expected waiting. Perhaps you’ve ordered something through Amazon and you have eagerly waited for it to arrive. From the minute you clicked on the “buy” button, you were waiting for the arrival of what you were expecting. Then it arrived, and perhaps there was a bit of inner celebration that “it’s finally here.” In the church we celebrate four weeks of Advent, anticipated waiting for the celebration of the birth of Christ. It’s a little harder these days to get in the mindset of waiting as opposed to celebrating when we are hearing the birth of Christ announced with songs on the radio in November and even singing those songs in our worship service before Dec. 25th. Sti

Wishing You a Joyous Christmas from RPUMC

Peace, love, hope and joy are what the Christmas season brings to each of us. We strive to keep those four words alive all year long, here at Rolling Prairie United Methodist Church. Celebrating the birth of Jesus has more meaning when shared with others. We invite you to come and share the wonder of this Advent Season with us on Sunday, December 15th and 22nd at 9:00 A.M.; and a beautiful Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, Tuesday, December 24, 2019 at 8:00 P.M. Come experience the Gift of the Savior with us, during this Advent Season and in the future that follows. We wish you a joyous Christmas filled with love and a peaceful and

Christmas is for Kids

I must confess, I’m a Christmas junkie! I start shopping the day after Thanksgiving and begin watching Christmas movies the same evening. I have our tree up and outside decorations hung by the first week of December and I nag my wife to get the rest of the house decorations up ASAP. So once again this year I find myself getting more and more excited as Christmas draws near. I know that I’m 75 years old; but Lord, cultivate the kid in me. Frederick Beuchner writes, “When Jesus is asked who is the greatest in the kingdom, He reaches into the crowd and pulls a child with a cheek full of bubble gum (my personal translation) and eyes full of whatever a child’s eyes are full of and says that un

Recipes, Etc.

A deviled eggs recipe - made with all the classic deviled egg ingredients, plus guess what! Avocado! Creamy, flavorful and “hello” - even bacon! Festive Deviled Eggs 12 hard-boiled eggs (peeled and halved) 3/4 cup diced avocado (peeled, pitted and diced) 2 Tbsp mayo (or more depending on your liking) 1 Tbsp lemon juice 1/2 tsp garlic powder 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper 1/4 tsp black pepper 1/4 tsp salt 2 slices bacon cooked and diced Remove the yolks from the eggs. Place all the yolks in a mixing bowl and add the diced avocado, mayonnaise, lemon juice, garlic powder, crushed red pepper, black pepper and salt. Mix all the ingredients together with a fork until very well combined.

Hamilton Church Update

The Historic Hamilton Church, located on Chicago Trail three miles northeast of present day New Carlisle, has had a recent update to its exterior with the replacement of the front porch. The existing porch had deteriorated to a point where it was no longer safe. With help from a generous donation from the Clarence and Bev Stone family, a new concrete porch was built complete with a wheelchair accessible ramp. Paul and John Egbert, along with Jonathan Hubbard, formed the original Hamilton Church building committee back in 1838 and construction soon began. During the construction, the church burned down, but was completed in 1843. Oliver Emery, a ship builder, was the architect. The huge ti

Community Church Welcomes New Pastor

Exciting news from the Community Church. We have a new Pastor! The look on the exterior of the Church located at the corner of Michigan Street and Cherry street in New Carlisle is the same, but inside, there is a difference. Pastor Rick (Richard) Jones re-charges the batteries of the congregation in a easy and comfortable manner in less than one hour. Rick comes to Church on Sunday morning in jeans and a plaid shirt and forms his message using the King James Bible. He will choose a special verse or word from that Bible and describes to his listeners how this can be helpful in our daily life. He explains the way something written thousands of years ago, has guidance for us now. He spen

Eagle Scout Honored for Trail

A proclamation was read at the last town board meeting by councilperson Samantha Rush thanking Beau Brasseur for his time spent developing a trail to connect Dunn Road with Bourissa Hills park. This was an Eagle Scout project through Scout Troop 664. Over 1200 hours were offered by Beau and other members of troop and public volunteers, who helped him in removing trees, blazing a trail with wood chips through wooded area behind Olive Township Elementary.

From the NCPL Director's Desk

Any day now, our renovation project will begin! Michiana Contracting, from Plymouth, was awarded the bid for the interior work and the roof. The facelift for the inside of the library includes carpet, paint, bathroom renovations, and a small expansion of our Creative Space. The work will happen in two phases. In the first phase, the side of the building with teen and children’s areas will be closed. In the second phase, the adult end of the building will be closed. I expect the first phase to begin before the end of the year. You’ll notice a flurry of activity happening to make sure that you have access to the most used library services while we are under construction. The newest and most p

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