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A roomful of ladies, including guest speaker Judy Scharfenberg, far left, enjoy a medley of Christmas songs performed by the Madrigals at the Woman’s Connection brunch on Dec. 13.
A roomful of ladies, including guest speaker Judy Scharfenberg, far left, enjoy a medley of Christmas songs performed by the Madrigals at the Woman’s ...
The Fallbrook High Madrigals count down to Christmas Day in song, from left, in front, Baylee Valentine, Christian Phillipi; middle row, Lucia Montiano, Oscar Escobedo, Milan Magaña, Linda Chan, Madison Britton, in back, Austin Arena (partially hidden), and Aaron Brassard holding Kiera Donoghue.
The Fallbrook High Madrigals count down to Christmas Day in song, from left, in front, Baylee Valentine, Christian Phillipi; middle row, Lucia Montian...
Madrigal Milan Magaña sings a solo in “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” with Oscar Escobedo behind her at the Grand Tradition.
Madrigal Milan Magaña sings a solo in “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” with Oscar Escobedo behind her at the Grand Tradition.
The Madrigals, with teacher Heather Smith, sing at numerous events throughout the school year and are especially in demand at Christmas time.
The Madrigals, with teacher Heather Smith, sing at numerous events throughout the school year and are especially in demand at Christmas time.
The Women’s Connection monthly gathering includes a brunch buffet served by the Grand Tradition staff.
The Women’s Connection monthly gathering includes a brunch buffet served by the Grand Tradition staff.
Ginny Breier, chairman of the group, is the emcee for the Woman’s Connection brunch.
Ginny Breier, chairman of the group, is the emcee for the Woman’s Connection brunch.

Brunch connects women to the heart of Christmas


Thursday, December 26th, 2013
Issue 52, Volume 17.
Lucette Moramarco
Staff Writer


Each month Fallbrook Women’s Connection holds a brunch for area women to inspire, encourage, and nourish their souls. Guest speakers tell their own stories of growth and conversion; entertainers sing uplifting songs and the Grand Tradition serves a satisfying brunch.

The event on Dec. 13, with its holiday theme, was even more elevating than usual with a program including Judy Scharfenberg’s talk on "The Heart of Christmas" and the Fallbrook High Madrigals performing a variety of holiday songs to a room filled to capacity with many regular attendees, several of whom brought first-timers who were each welcomed with a gift.

First, they lined up at the buffet to make their choices from bowls of green salad and berry spinach salad, a tower of cut up veggies and fruit, a tray of sliced bananas and strawberries, and a tower of pastries before being served scrambled eggs with cheese, country potatoes with onion and peppers, sausage and bacon.

While the ladies were still eating, the 15 young singers entertained them with a mixture of serious and light-hearted tunes from "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" to "Jingle Bells." They had practiced the program for four months and set the tone for a bright, meaningful morning.

Scharfenberg warned the women that "in the hustle bustle, if we aren’t careful, we will miss the heart of Christmas," saying that statistics show that "there is more stress during Christmas than at any Advertisement
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other time of year; people are rushed, overcommitted, spending money we don’t have, missing the meaning of Christmas." She added that counselors see more people for depression in January than any other time of year.

Scharfenberg then expanded on the reason for the season by reading a shortened version of Leo Tolstoy’s tale "The Cobbler" to remind her audience that the Lord visits them each day in the people they encounter, giving meaning and purpose to their lives. She said, "When we do things for others, we please God and make ourselves feel better. We can be God’s hands, feet, mouth…you can change a bad day into a good day by smiling at someone."

She handed out a check list of things to do for other people during the holidays and recommended that everyone keep on doing them next year. In her own life, Scharfenberg said, she did not find peace until she also asked Jesus into her life; "I surrendered to Jesus and he was in control of my life…Jesus changed my life, changed my heart; he can change you too."

Fallbrook Women’s Connection is sponsored by Stonecroft Ministries; their November fundraiser took in $2,300 for their outreach programs. There are no dues and no cost to join. The next brunch will be on Jan. 17, 2014. For more information, contact Sue at (760) 723-3917 or Sheila at (760) 731-7025 or email Fallbrookwomen@roadrunner.com.


 

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