Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

Silver Bells by Bing Crosby

Silver bells, silver bells, It’s Christmas time in the city

Ring-a-ling, (ring-a-ling) hear them ring (ting-a-ling)

Soon it will be Christmas day.


City sidewalks, busy sidewalks dressed in holiday style

In the air there’s a feeling of Christmas

Children laughing, people passing, meeting smile after smile

And on every street corner you hear

Silver bells, (silver bells) silver bells (silver bells), It’s Christmas time in the city

Ring-a-ling, (ring-a-ling) Hear them ring, (hear them ring)

Soon it will be Christmas day.


Strings of street lights, even stoplights blinkin’ bright red and green

As the shoppers rush home with their treasures

Hear the snow crunch, see the kids bunch This is Santa’s big day

And above all this bustle you hear

Silver bells…


I woke up this morning with the song “silver Bells” on my mind. Actually, I’m humming it right now. The song depicts the way we see Christmas – weeks of shopping, spending time with family and celebrating the birth of our Savior and Lord Jesus Christ. I read the article below on the web from the History Channel and it reminded me once again that each of us needs to make the time and effort to celebrate Christmas. Let’s look back on the past year as a way of growing and spend the rest of this year and 2017 sharing the blessings we have received with those around us.

From our house to yours, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

May God bless each and everyone,

Larry and Joyce George

According to the History Channel website, during World War I, on and around Christmas Day 1914, the sounds of rifles firing and shells exploding faded in a number of places along the Western Front in favor of holiday celebrations in the trenches and gestures of goodwill between enemies.

Starting on Christmas Eve, many German and British troops sang Christmas carols to each other across the lines, and at certain points the Allied soldiers even heard brass bands joining the Germans in their joyous singing. At the first light of dawn on Christmas Day, some German soldiers emerged from their trenches and approached the Allied lines across no-man’s-land, calling out “Merry Christmas” in their enemies’ native tongues. At first, the Allied soldiers feared it was a trick, but seeing the Germans unarmed they climbed out of their trenches and shook hands with the enemy soldiers. The men exchanged presents of cigarettes and plum puddings and sang carols and songs. There was even a documented case of soldiers from opposing sides playing a good-natured game of soccer. Some soldiers used this short-lived ceasefire for a more somber task: the retrieval of the bodies of fellow combatants who had fallen within the no-man’s land between the lines. The so-called Christmas Truce of 1914 came only five months after the outbreak of war in Europe and was one of the last examples of the outdated notion of chivalry between enemies in warfare.

It was never repeated—future attempts at holiday ceasefires were quashed by officers’ threats of disciplinary action—but it served as heartening proof, however brief, that beneath the brutal clash of weapons, the soldiers’ essential humanity endured.

During World War I, the soldiers on the Western Front did not expect to celebrate on the battlefield, but even a world war could not destroy the Christmas spirit.



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Merry Christmoose! Don’t you mean Merry Christmas?

Merry Christmoose! Don’t you mean Merry Christmas? Well, yes and no.

The first weekend of December we open the Siloam Missionary Homes Campus, which is a ministry of providing homes for missionaries, up to the general public and call this event “Catch the Spirit of Christmas,” with thousands of lights that makes our 33 acre village come alive with the dazzle and twinkle of Christmas lights, complete with hayrides and trolley rides and much more. A couple of years ago, my son in law was making a Christmas sign out of a red rope light and spelled out the words “Merry Christmas.” The problem was he had more letters than rope, so when he got to the end of “Christmas,” it looked like “Christmos.” So my friend Robby Dilmore, our radio producer with WTRU Radio, was helping me on the trolley, singing and talking to the passengers. As we rounded the corner with microphone is hand he looked up at the sign and said “Merry Christmoose?” Kind of like oops, sorry, but it’s already been said. I quickly replied, “I think that’s Merry Christmas in Vietnamese.” Lol! Every one laughed and it made the night.

So this year I’d like to invite you to come to “Catch the Spirit of Christmas” Friday, December 2 and 3, from 5:30 – 8:00 pm. You can come see Mike’s famous sign and have a Merry Christmoose with us and Robby Dilmore.

For more information call 336-376-8200

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Latest Donors and Total Financial Contributions to Date

We would like to thank the following two donors that recently contributed to the Anniversary Project:

  • Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund

  • Wake Chapel Christian Church

With their contributions, the total income to date is $39,420.39.

Please keep in mind that this amount does not include all of the contributions of resources and supplies for the construction of the home that have been donated.

Thank you to all those who have already given, and for those who continue to give!


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Thank You To The Latest Donors!

The following individuals are the latest to donate to the 25th Anniversary Project:


  • Freedom Baptist Church

  • Agatha Johnson

  • Paul Jones

  • Rodney and Texie Wilson

  • Dwight & Shirley Johnson

  • Jack Miller, Sr.

  • Grady Workman III

  • Richard & Ruth Englund


Thank you for believing in what God is doing at Siloam and through this project!


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The Larry and Karen Mulder Foundation Has Pledged $25,000!


The Larry and Karen Mulder Foundation, which normally focuses on providing grants to improve the lives of at-risk children, have pledged to give $25,000 for the 25th Anniversary Project!

This $25,000 donation from the Larry and Karen Mulder Foundation will be released once $225,000, of the $250,000 needed for the project, has been raised.

Their foundation normally does not give grants for projects like this, but they would like to honor Larry and Joyce.

We would like to sincerely thank them for their generosity and for desiring to honor two individuals who are most deserving of such a blessing.

To God be the glory!


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Thank You to This Week’s Donors!


The following people have made financial contributions and we would like to recognize them for their support and belief in what God is doing at Siloam:


Dennis & Polly Riddell

Ken & Laura Byrd

Joe Cammarata

Lauryn Davenport

Timothy & Lysa Davis

Freedom Baptist Church

Long’s Chapel Church Young at Heart

Jack Miller, Sr.


With their financial contributions added in, the Total Received to Date is $35,700.39 in monetary gifts alone!


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Special Thanks to Dan and Jan Thompson!


We would like to thank Dan and Jan Thompson for a couple of reasons.

First, they made a $1,250 contribution to the project! Dan is an extremely gifted architect who created the custom house plan for the new 25th Anniversary home from scratch and gifted all of his professional services at no cost to Siloam.

Dan spent time with Larry and Joyce to ensure the house would be customized to their needs and desires. Dan then took all of this information, and along with ADA compliances, created a customized blueprint from nothing but a collection of ideas and regulations.

We cannot recommend Dan more highly for any and all architectural needs you may have. Not only is he extremely talented, but he loves God and enjoys serving Him supremely.

Second, Dan and Jan have both been instrumental in the planning and fundraising for the home from the very beginning. Jan has utilized her experience in helping Burlington Christian Academy raise a massive amount of money thus far towards their new high school facility.

They both have worked tirelessly for months now, most of the time behind-the-scene, to make sure the 25th Anniversary project is a very successful one.

Without their labor of love in the marketing, promotion, and fundraising aspects of the project, we would not be where we are today.

They both have freely given more hours of their time, the most valuable resource of all, than anyone will ever know.


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Thank You to the Latest Donors!


We would like to thank the most recent financial contributors to the 25th Anniversary project!

They are:

Bill and Carolyn Evans

Faith Fellowship Church

Graham Presbyterian Church

Lighthouse Baptist Church

Low’s Evangelical Lutheran Church

Jason and April Richardson

Louis and Doris Sass


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Special Thanks to Overhead Door of Greensboro!


Overhead Door Company Of Greensboro


We would like to thank John Schaefer and Overhead Door of Greensboro for giving us a phenomenal discount on the two garage doors and garage door openers that will be installed in the new home!

You can visit their website by clicking on their name above.


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Special Thanks to Carolina Supply!




We would like to thank Doug Shoffner, owner of Carolina Supply in Burlington, for donating all of the pipes and fittings that will go into the 25th Anniversary home!

The total cost of all that pipes and fittings that Doug and Carolina Supply are donating is $9,800!

We would like to thank Doug for his generosity. We would also like to recommend Carolina Supply to you for all of your bathroom fixtures and plumbing material needs.

Click on their name above to see their website and all that they have to offer.


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