Happy birthday to Terri Crosby, of Natalbany, Jan. 11; and Jennifer Curry Baggette, of Greensburg, Jan. 15.

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Hope all of you had a great Christmas and are looking forward to a happy new year.

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CoBank, blessed St. Helena Advocacy with a monetary donation for their parish enrichment program, S.H.A.P.E, assisted by Dickie Sitman, chairman of DEMCO.

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Congratulations to Baton Rouge Community College machinist grads of West Feliciana in Jackson.

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Congratulations to Leanna Cupit, the new East Feliciana 4-H extension agent at the Idlewood Station in Clinton.

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Thanks to the Clinton COA for their fruit funding for the elderly. Honored this year were Alfred Boeneke and Frank Sanders.

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Life can feel like a storm, tossing us around.

Jesus’ disciples were caught in a great windstorm, when He demonstrated His power by calming the howling storm (Mark 4:38-39)

Sometimes, He does not calm the storm immediately. We can cling to faith in who God is and what He can do to calm our fears.

We can take shelter in Him and find His help to relate others with grace. He is with us in the storm and He cradles us. One need not cry out very loudly; He is nearer to us than we think.

Fran Snoddy writes Butterfly Wings for The Advocate Extra. Contact her at (225) 777-4363.