A busy Saturday in West Point

Rev. Randy Sellers and Kristen Stevens with Christmas greenery ready to be picked up Saturday, at the Episcopal Church of the Incarnation. (Donna Summerall, DTL)
Staff Writer

Whether you are a fan of Green Wave football, looking for the perfect Christmas greenery for decorating, an animal lover, or still doing holiday shopping, West Point has something going on for everyone Saturday, Dec. 7.

The West Point High School Green Wave will be playing for another 5A State Championship title at 7 p.m. in Hattiesburg. The game can be heard on radio station SuperTalk 100.9 and will be streaming online at SuperTalkGoldenTriangle.com.

The annual Christmas Greenery Sale is from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Episcopal Church of the Incarnation. Live wreaths, poinsettia plants, bulbs and garlands will be available for home decorating.

"We have everything ready for those who placed their order early," Kristen Stevens, member of the Episcopal Church, said. "We also have wreaths, garlands, poinsettias and bulbs for those who weren't able to place an early order with us. It was all delivered today and we're ready for the sale."

The greenery fundraiser has been taking place for 17 years. The women of the Episcopal Church of the Incarnation use the funds for upkeep of the kitchen and the parish hall and for outreach ministries.

"This is my first year to be involved with the greenery sale," Rev. Randy Sellers said. "I think this is a great thing. All the greenery is so fresh. It smells like Christmas — Box Wood and Douglas Fir, all from North Carolina."

After picking up fragrant greenery at the Episcopal Church, those in the area can take the children to meet Santa at the WPCCAS.

The Marcia Lane Cat House at the West Point Clay County Animal Shelter will play host to everyone's favorite jolly old elf, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Santa Claus will be available for photos with furry children and the regular kind. Children can tell Santa their Christmas wishes.

"Santa will be inside the Marcia Lane Cat House," Katie Wallace, of the shelter, said. "Photos are a $5 donation to the shelter. You can have photos made of children with Santa and pets."

The Wishing Tree is all ready with pictures of the pets who have not been adopted into a home.

"You can take a photo from the tree," Melanie Elmore of the WPCCAS, said. "There will be a wish list on the back with suggestions of gifts for the cat or dog. Things like toys, treats, a bed, or whatever someone would like to give a homeless pet for Christmas.

"We are trying to decide if there will be hot chocolate or a Christmas punch," Elmore added. "Right now temperatures are supposed to be in the 60s, so we are leaning toward punch. We'll have snacks, too."

Neely Bryan, director of the WPCCAS, invites everyone to come and see the shelter, visit with the dogs, cats, puppies and kittens, and give them some love and attention.

The Mission is sponsoring Mission Markets and Christmas Fest from 2 p.m. until 9 p.m.

"There will be so much for families to do together, Saturday," Don Cotton, director of the Men's Transitional Unit of The Mission East, said. "There will be a lot of arts and crafts for sale, good food, children's activities, something for everyone. Pernell's Barbecue will be there, that's worth coming for."
Cotton is in charge of the second annual toy drive at The Mission for needy children.

"We will adopt some local families that need help with toys for the children," Cotton said. "After they are taken care of, we will offer what we have to other children."

There will be donation boxes at The Mission Market and Christmas Fest for those who are planning to come and wish to help.

"The OAR Church of Christ youth have been such a blessing to us," Cotton said "They have helped us tremendously. They sponsored a food drive for us and are always eager to help."

It is going to be a very busy Saturday in West Point.