South of the Border: Our second Christmas in the Sweet Grass Hills


January 22, 2020

Church members and guests participate in Holy Communion during the Christmas Eve service at the Whitlash Presbyterian Church. The church has survived more than a century by adapting as times and conditions changed in the Hills. Sunday services continue to draw an average of twenty worshippers.

Columnist's note: When Sherry (my wife) and I moved to Whitlash mid-December of last year our plan was to leave about this time (December, 2019) when Sherry's year of pastor-in-residence to the Whitlash Presbyterian Church would be completed. She and the congregation decided to extend the arrangement until next fall. That gave us a second Christmas at Whitlash.

Our first Christmas here was very sad and neither my wife nor I have a clear recollection of our first Christmas in the Sweet Grass Hills. Last December our 24-year-old granddaughter, Kayla, died suddenly in Washington state. It wa...

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