The Circle of Friends held a lovely holiday party on December 21.
Lynn Erickson welcomed everyone reading a deep Christmas quotation by Howard W Hunter:
This Christmas mend a quarrel. Seek out a forgotten friend. Dismiss suspicion and replace it with trust. Write a letter. Give a soft answer. Encourage youth. Manifest your loyalty in word and deed. Keep a promise. Forgo a grudge. Forgive an enemy. Apologize. Try to understand. Examine your demands on others. Think first of someone else. Be kind. Be gentle. Laugh a little more. Express your gratitude. Welcome a stranger. Gladden the heart of a child. Take pleasure in the beauty and wonder of the earth. Speak your love, and then speak it again.
― Howard W. Hunter
Then everyone enjoyed a delicious feast of turkey soup, ham, potatoes, tamales, and cranberry sauce. Several people came up from Hill Country clinic to help serve the meal.
During the meal, Dan and Pam Utter played a beautiful selection of Christmas songs. Many joined in the spirit of the occasion to sing “Hark the Herald Angels Sing.”
After the meal, Pam and Dan took a break from the music and Alex Colvin came up and lead more singing of Christmas carols and tunes. Everyone joined in on popular songs such as “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” and “Jingle Bells.”
Michael Bennett sang “Blue Christmas” and Kimberly Michelle sang a lovely song about “Home,” The Utters harmonized beautifully singing “O Come All Ye Faithful.”
Circle of Friends is truly a circle of friends. When one person said, “This is my second time here. I’m really grateful that you had this because I don’t have a lot of friends,” several people immediately responded, “Now you have lots of friends.”
As a wellness center, Circle of Friends hosts numerous programs during the week including crafts, exercise programs, mental health workshops, and addiction recovery groups. Staff at the center also periodically hold classes to help people develop a personal Wellness Recovery Action Plan. Staff and participants at Circle of Friends have held numerous fundraisers over the past few years that have raised over $10,000 for local charities in Burney.
Anyone wishing to know more can call Lynn Erickson or Chelsea Sabin at 530-335-4222 or stop by the center during the week for a copy of their monthly calendar.