Town and Country ECA Club kicked off the new year with two new members, Dina Hernandez and Jeanne Loving.

President Juliette Thompson told everyone that “the new year is the perfect occasion to appreciate all the good things that the past year has given you and all the good things that are yet to come. In the past 365 days, you have experienced beautiful moments that wouldn’t have been quite the same without all of the special people in your life. So now the new year gives you the opportunity to let go of the past and start off new by forgiving those who have hurt you and be open to new relationships, with open arms. That is why it is called the ‘new year.’ May you have a happy new year.”

Seventeen members attended the Christmas gathering at Lane Tree, and voted to donate $100 for the “Wrapped in Love” outreach project for the county’s homeless.

Betty Evans distributed a booklet made with pictures that founder Juliette Whitfield of Grantham had made. Donated scarves, toboggans, gloves and some blankets were placed at various locations so those in need could freely pick them up. Whitfield made 25 bundles of scarves, gloves and toboggans for the project. Some bundles were also delivered to an alcohol/drug recovery program.

Deloris Carlton gave a devotion, reading a blog from pastor Brad Mitchell: “How many times have you forgotten something: I am amazed at what I can forget. Remembering is a gift and something that we have to practice. If it just came naturally, we wouldn’t have to be told to remember.

“Over and over in the Bible, God’s people put in place ways to remember. God gave the Israelite people festivals so that they could remember and tell the story. Passover is a perfect example of such an event. Many of the people written about in the Bible do things to remember particular events. They name places after events that happened so they will not forget. They set up altars and stones to remind them of the extraordinary moments that helped define their life and faith. They tell the stories to their children so that generations later there is still remembrance. Remembering is an important part of the faith of God’s people in the Bible. Now we have the Bible to help us remember, if we read it.

“We want to remember. We want to remember the sacrifices that have been made. We don’t want to forget the joys and good times we had with our loved ones. Remember your gifts and talents — this can help you to use them for the purpose you were created. Remembering really is a gift that we treasure. If you have it, value your gift and share your memories with others. It just might change a life.”

Hostesses were Oma Whitaker, Deloris Carlton and Hernandez.

The club made a $100 donation for the Senior Snak Sacks.

District Day will be April 9 at the Maxewll Center, with Wayne County as hosts.

The Achievement Luncheon will be Feb. 25. Cost is $8.50. The club will do table decorations and cleanup. Linda Everhart will do the devotion and invocation.

Trellis Phillips said sewing workshops to make dresses for Honduran orphan girls will be 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Feb. 7 at the ECA office.

Members donated to Pennies From Angels and turned in drink can tabs for the Ronald McDonald House in Greenville.

Soup kitchen volunteers for January were Joyce Murdock, Johnnie Casey, Everhart and Mary Lou Boltinhouse.