Living Life fully for the Time God gives us

LifeTimers meet on the third Thursday of each month in Maresh Hall. In addition to their monthly luncheon meeting, this senior adult ministry (55+) organizes group travel, programs and ministry opportunities.

LifeTimers Leadership Team

Co-Directors: Linda Mason & Kay Morrison
Secretary: Carol Hagler
Programs: Debby Bussey, Babs Baugh, John Franklin, Kay Franklin, Barbara Higdon, Ed Twedt, Mary Moses
Treasurers: Melissa Brown & Anna Dillon
Travel & Day Trips Coordinator: Lonnie Shuler
Membership: Edith Geurin & Elizabeth Myers
Food Coordinators: Kathy Barnes & B.J. Wachel
Arrangements: Lois Jones, Annette Butler, & Jeannette McDonald
Photographer: John Myers
Historian: Buddy Wachel
Newsletter Editor: Marilyn Gladson
Staff Representative: Debra Arredondo
Email photos and tidbits to: Marilyn Gladson

Our January program will be provided by The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor’s elite singing group One Voice, conducted by Dr. Michelle Roueché. Woodland’s own Ruben Ortega is a part of this group. The music will be outstanding, and we know you will not want to miss their amazing performance!

We will meet on Thursday, January 17th at 11:00 AM in Maresh Hall. After the program, a delicious lunch will be served for $5. If you are not on a regular Call List and you plan to attend, please call the Church Office. This will allow us to have the appropriate amount of food for lunch. A forever membership to LifeTimers is yours for a mere $10.

Help Wanted

We want to make sure that our LifeTimers group continues to improve and to reflect your wants and needs. With that in mind, we are asking for your input. If you have ideas for future programs or you have contacts with people who have interesting stories to share, please contact Program Coordinator Debby Bussey.

We also want to plan day trips and excursions that are fun, entertaining, and enlightening. Your suggestions for outings would be most welcome. You can contact Lonnie Shuler at to share your ideas for day trips.

Finally, we are always looking for writers for our newsletter. If you are interested in writing for our front page devotional or provide any other content you would like to see in the newsletter, contact Marilyn Gladson.

  • I was probably 5; my mother and her sister decorated our large tree. They also decorated a tree approximately 12 inches tall sitting on a small table. Around the base of the tree were white Lifesaver mints. A small candle was placed in each mint. To the side of the tree was the traditional glass of milk and plate of cookies for Santa. Christmas morning we found the small tree burned — Santa had lit the candles and that set fire to the tree. As the story goes, “Santa lit the candles and set the tree on fire!” -Jeannette McDonald

  • I grew up in Houston and spent most of my life there before moving to Boerne. I also grew up in the two-story house that my dad had built in 1935 for less than $6,000. He loved it more than anything, except my mom and his three children. It had a wood burning fireplace. Houston can have temperatures on Christmas Day anywhere from 42° to 82°, but we were going to have a fire in the fireplace on Christmas — even if every window was open. My dad loved a wood fire, and as a result, I love a wood fire, too. I love my dad and all the traditions he passed on to me. -John Sanders

  • “Mommy, look what I made in school for our Christmas tree!” With those words our six-year-old daughter started the first Christmas tradition of our young family. She was in the first grade. It was an angel made from a white paper plate covered with white felt (today it’s yellowed from age), a round painted face, a round gold wire halo, some gold glitter, arms folded in front holding a gold bow, and all held together by a couple of staples. That was 35 years ago and that angel still sits on top of our family Christmas tree. The Christmas tree angel became the focal point of our family Christmas tree. After the tree was wrapped in Christmas lights and ornaments carefully and evenly hung on its limbs, I would carry my daughter and lift her so she could stretch and place her precious angel on top of the tree. That was her job every year until she left for college. Pictures were taken of the very special and last event of the Christmas decorating tradition and clapping would follow. We have pictures of every year that the angel was placed on the tree. Our son and our other daughter were both “hangers-in-waiting” for their turn to place the fragile but priceless angel on top of the tree. Their turns came as the previous sibling graduated high school and left for college. The college students would come home for Christmas but now it was the child still left at home that ceremoniously placed the angel on top of the tree. -Conrad Navarro

  • Our Christmas always surrounds the traditions of gathering with family, friends, caroling, Christmas Eve services, and, of course, food. -Mary Russell

  • My eldest son was born on Christmas night. We always tried to keep his birthday and Christmas celebrations separate. He opened his birthday present first, prior to our family Christmas gift giving. He preferred pie over birthday cake. We were even brave enough one year to have a birthday party for him, with guests, on Christmas Day. (As an aside, his father was in Spain with the US Air Force the Christmas he was born!) -Nancy Sanders

  • As a child growing up on the Mexican border, I recall one tradition that meant the most to me. It was the custom of hanging a little tin lantern, a farol, in our front yard from a tree branch. The farol had glass sides and a candle inside that we lit every night from December 16 until December 24. My brother and I took turns lighting the farol’s candle as our way of saying to Mary and Joseph that they were welcome to a room in our home. -Barbara Higdon

  • Our family tradition was to attend Christmas Eve services at our church and then go home for a Christmas Eve dinner. Everyone had to help wash dishes, clean the kitchen, etc., before presents. We read the Christmas story from Luke and then took turns opening presents so everyone could see what everybody received. There was the early wake-up to see what had been delivered by Santa before driving to my Grandmother’s house for Christmas dinner with aunts, uncles, and cousins, I have fond memories of those times with my family even though the celebrations were not unusual for many of the families who attended our church. My children began to be called on to read the Christmas story when they were old enough, and now the grandchildren are taking their turn when we get together for Christmas. -Kay Franklin

  • Each year a group of about 20-30 friends in Dallas would share a potluck dinner with a Mexican cuisine theme and have an ornament exchange. The ornament exchange was the best part. Each participant started with the ornament they brought. We had multiple generations at the party and a wide variety of ornaments. One of the guys with a deep, melodious voice (think Jim Higdon) would read “The Night Before Christmas”. Each time he read the word “the”, everyone passed an ornament to the right. On the word “and”, we passed to the left. At the end of the book, the ornament you had was the one you took home. I still smile each year as I put the “exchange” ornaments on the tree. Good times. Good friends. Great memories. -Carol Hagler  

  • A few weeks before our daughter’s 6th birthday, I took her to see “Muppet Christmas Carol” at the movie theater. Thus began one of our favorite Christmas traditions. We purchased the movie, first on VHS then DVD, and watching it became part of our annual celebration. First we would attend the Candlelight Christmas Eve service at church, then drive around several neighborhoods looking at light displays, then home for “Muppet Christmas Carol.” Now, with Bethany living far away, we still use the Muppets as a way to connect. She watches the movie at her home in Oregon, and Jim & I do the same here. We all keep Christmas in our hearts. -Marilyn Gladson

Program Preview

Many thanks to Debby Bussey and her wonderful team of Program Coordinators for another great line up for LifeTimers. Debby, along with Babs Baugh, John & Kay Franklin, Barbara Higdon, Ed Twedt, and (newly added) Mary Moses have done another wonderful job for us this year. Here is a preview of what is to come, and I hope it will pique your interest and rev up your enthusiasm for this year’s programs:

January 17, 2019
One Voice—Mary Hardin Baylor Choir

February 21, 2019
Gene Grandjean: History and Results of the Texas Revolution (Alamo included)

March 21, 2019
Aaron Tyler

April 18 2019
Elizabeth Vardeman

May 16, 2019
Fun and Games with Becky & Barbara: The Tradition Continues

Programs Overview

If you are not currently a member of our LifeTimers group, you are missing out on lots of fun. As LifeTimers, we “live LIFE fully for the TIME God gives us.” We warmly welcome Woodland’s members who are 55+ and their friends (we have a strict “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy where age is concerned, so don’t let that keep you away).

This is a great opportunity for enjoying a delightful lunch and getting to know others while being entertained by guest performers or speakers. LifeTimers also sponsors local day trips and extended destination trips.

LifeTimers gather together on the third Thursday of the month from September through May in Maresh Hall at 11:00 AM.

If you are interested in becoming a LifeTimer, please contact our Edith Geurin at A LifeTimers one-time membership costs $10; our delicious lunch is $5.

Download the current LifeTimers newsletter here or read it below.