The Van Wyck News

Volume 4 Number 14
A Voice for Freedom             10 January 2013
Christmas Parade
     On 8 December 2012 the Hinson Girls served as the Grand Marshals of the Van Wyck Christmas Parade. As seems usually the case when the Hinsons Girls are around, things went very smoothly. The best parade ever made its way along Old Hickory Road from the Post Office to the Community Center, then spectators and participants adjourned to the Community Center for refreshments and moments with Santa and Mrs. Claus.    More Pictures.

Happy New Year!
      We have a new County Council and the Community Development Club has new officers. More on these doings in a later issue. For the moment we wish all the best of 2013 to you and yours.

VWVFD Barbecue
Van Wyck Volunteer Fire Department has barbecue Friday and Saturday 11 and 12 January.  Brochure.
The Pastors
Lighting the Way
     On 9 December 2012  the candles along Old Hickory Road between the Post Office and the Community Center were lit for the first time in 2012. The pastors of the four local churches, Van Wyck Presbyterian, Van Wyck United Methodist, Trinity Presbyterian and White Oak AME Zion, were joined for the first time by the pastor of  Gold Hill AME Zion Church. Participants walked along Old Hickory Road lighting the candles and stopping at the two churches on Old Hickory Road for brief welcoming ceremonies, then journied by car first to Trinity Presbyterian and then to White Oak AME Zion Church for additional welcoming ceremonies before returning to the Community Center for refreshments and ecumenical fellowship.
     A highlight of the evening was an enthusiastic rendition of "Go Tell It on the Mountain" by the White Oak choir. This song has been the traditional closing song for the Lighting of the Way ceremony and was performed in memorable fashion for many years by Wilkie Witherspoon until his untimely death two years ago. Last year the song was performed by Clarence Witherspoon in tribute to his brother, but this year the entire White Oak choir gave a rousing tribute to a valued and  much missed member of the Van Wyck community. With luck Wilkie caught the performance and smiled.

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Alex Lambert
Alex Lambert
Junior Scholar

      Alex Lambert has been named a Junior Scholar at the Andrew Jackson Middle School. Way to go Alex!

Feeding the Hungry
     Donations to Lancaster County food programs have fallen off recently. The recession increases the number of people facing hunger and the need for food.  The Van Wyck Press is happy to transport food to the agencies serving the needy in Lancaster.  If you have food that you would like to donate and would like us to transport it for you, let me know.