Latta UMC Women Hear From House Of Hope Director At Christmas Party

By Betsy Finklea
The Latta United Methodist Church women held a Christmas party on Sunday, December 2nd, in the fellowship hall of the church.
The party was called to order by Ruthann Wooten. A devotion was given by Laura Gasque, who took her devotion from the book, “Christmas Is Not Your Birthday.” She talked about finding the perfect gift for someone and asked what would happen if one spent as much time and energy on doing God’s work as they did searching for the perfect gift for someone. A carol was sung.
Bryan Braddock, the director of the House of Hope, was the guest speaker.
The ladies had collected blessing bags which were brought to the party and presented to Braddock.
Braddock said the ladies had been giving the House of Hope support for years.
He spoke about the services offered at House of Hope, his personal experience with drug addiction, and about a time after he got his job with House of Hope that he decided to become “homeless” for about a week. He said his experience with homelessness changed his outlook on how he treated homeless people.
After Braddock’s remarks, the ladies sang another carol with Polly Kopituk playing the piano.
The ladies then enjoyed an array of refreshments and fellowship as they welcomed in the Christmas season.

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