Westover ushers in Christmas season

By NIVA DOROUGH / Community Columnist

It’s that time of year again when we give thanks and celebrate the gift of hope and love.

The city of Westover recently began that celebration with a community Thanksgiving Service hosted by Mt. Tabor Methodist Church located on Old Highway 280. The evening was filled with praise and worship led by Mrs. Edwina Chappell and myself.

A salute to our veterans and soldiers now serving our country and a video “ Creation Calls” displayed by Pastor Tom Betts reminded us to celebrate our freedom, the beautiful country we have been blessed with, our families and friends.

Testimonies from Mayor Mark McLaughlin and several members of the congregation inspired everyone to remember why we celebrate the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons.

The evening concluded with a delightful potluck finger food social with fellowship and renewing old friendships. Pastor Betts and members of Mt. Tabor would like to thank all churches and members of the community and surrounding areas who were in attendance and helped make this a memorable evening.

The city is now busy making preparation for its annual Christmas Parade. This year’s theme “Christmas in Westover.” The parade is to be held Saturday, Dec. 10, beginning promptly at 10 a.m. Be sure you save the date, for this is an exciting event you don’t want to miss. Bring your families and friends and enjoy all of the beautiful floats, decorated cars, horses and riders, music and free food. The parade route will be the same as last year from Shelby County 51, turn onto Old Highway 280 past Shelby County 55.

Spectators are encouraged to park along Old Highway 280 between Shelby County 51 and 55 to watch the parade. There will be entertainment by many local artists before, during and at the end of the parade, along with free food at the end of the parade and, of course, Santa Claus will be stopping by for a visit, maybe even driving through some of the Westover communities on Friday night Dec. 9, so you better watch out.

Visit the city’s website Westoveralabama.org for video of past parades.

Look forward to seeing you there!

Niva Dorough can be reached at nivasinger@aol.com.