United Methodist Church Anna
Monday, January 24, 2022
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Tim's Tidbits



   by Pastor Tim Gossett


As I was contemplating my article this month the following came across my new feed on Facebook from a good friend of mine. It is titled 1st Corinthians 13 (A Christmas Version). I would like to share it with you as I feel this speaks to the heart of Christmas and the love that Jesus came to share.

If I decorate my house perfectly with plaid bows, strands of twinkling lights and shiny balls, but do not show love to my family, I’m just another decorator.

If I slave away in the kitchen, baking dozens of Christmas cookies, preparing gourmet meals and arranging a beautifully adorned table at mealtime, but do not show love to my family, I’m just another cook.

If I work at the soup kitchen, carol in the nursing home and give all that I have to charity, but do not show love to my family, it profits me nothing.

If I trim the spruce with shimmering angels and crocheted snowflakes, attend a myriad of holiday parties and sing in the choir’s cantata, but do not focus on those I love the most I have missed the point.

…In other words,
Love stops the cooking to hug a child.
Love sets aside the decorating to kiss the spouse.
Love is kind, though harried and tired.


Love doesn’t envy another’s home that has coordinated Christmas china and table linens.

Love doesn’t yell at the kids to get out of the way, but is thankful they are there to be in the way.

Love doesn’t give only to those who are able to give in return but rejoices in giving to those who can’t.

Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never fails.

Video games will break, pearl necklaces will be lost, golf clubs will rust.

But the gift of love will endure.

This Christmas season let us remember that Jesus is the reason for the season and it is because God loves us so much that Jesus was born. Spread the love of Christ everywhere you go with everyone you meet.

See you Sunday if not before.

                                                          Pastor Tim



Amanda’s Health Tips

To get the Vaccine or not to get the Vaccine…. that is the question!


            No, I'm not talking about the Covid vaccine. I’m talking about the Flu vaccine. Flu season is just around the corner. It’s a running joke in many circles that somehow the Flu has disappeared. If only that were true. Last year we did see a drastic drop in Flu cases and while I can’t 100 percent say why, I would have to conclude that our society's hyper awareness of hand cleansing, mask wearing, and social distancing played a huge role in this droplet transmitted virus.

So, when does Flu season begin? The exact date of Flu season changes every year. Typically, it comes in as temperatures start to drop in the fall and consequently leaves as temperatures start to rise in the spring. So, I wanted to try and pass on some of the Centers for disease control's most current information on the Flu Vaccine. Keep in mind I shortened some of their answers but tried to keep the integrity of its information.   If you want to do your own digging you will find the following information at www.cdc.gov/flu/prevent/vaccination.


Who should get Vaccinated?

Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a Flu Vaccine
but especially those who are 65 and older
If you are immune compromised
If you yourself or family members are around ages 65 and older
or immunocompromised individuals
Can I get the Flu even though I got a Flu vaccine? 

Yes, you can.   If you were exposed shortly after being vaccinated or if you have a certain chronic illness that weakens your immunity.   Remember it takes about two weeks for your body to develop antibodies.


If I do get sick with the Flu after getting the Flu vaccine what should I expect?                    

The short answer is hopefully a lesser severity of Flu symptoms.  This is the goal of a Viral vaccine.
I’ve had Covid do I need to get the Flu shot?

Yes, Covid 19 and the Flu are two different Viruses and one vaccine does not protect you from the other.


I will end by saying the Flu vaccination is not a perfect tool, but it is the best way to protect against flu infection. Complications of the Flu hospitalize many individuals each year and the hospital is not the place that I want to see any one. Stay safe and healthy friends!!


In Matthew 9, the Pharisees asked Jesus why he spent time with sinners. He replied, “it is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick” (Matthew 9:12)

To your health,


Amanda Borup, RN