The Smith Clinic.........................................................................December 2020
Dear Friend,

Christmas promises to be more than memorable this year thanks to the coronavirus pandemic. As COVID-19 continues its spread like fire in a parched forest, many worshipers will find their celebrations of Jesus’ birth quarantined, their travel and family gatherings curtailed. Carols and sermons will take place online, as will much of the Christmas shopping. The coronavirus shows no partiality, burning alongside hot civil unrest and intensely divided politics worldwide. So, in this time of global pandemic, unprecedented civic unrest and political polarization, where do we find spiritual ground this Christmas? The answer is simple: Jesus.

God in the flesh (Jesus) was born to us at Christmas, taking on a human body - one subject to aging, genetic error, and death. He lived a righteous life and died an unjust death, wearing a crown of thorns that some have noted to resemble the coronavirus in appearance (the word corona in Latin means crown). This was all so that the hopes and fears of 2020 (and all the years and trials past) could be met and satisfied. Put simply, Jesus was born in such a time as this, for such a time as this.

So, this Christmas, may we recalibrate our hearts and realign our minds, focusing on the true meaning of Christmas and what it means for us. May our hearts be lifted in praise for the wonderful gift of Jesus, our Savior, and the joy He brings to our lives.

Wishing you and yours a wonderful Christmas and a blessed New Year!

In His Service,

The Smith Family
Thank You for Giving!
Throughout the month of November, The Smith Clinic hosted a food drive in support of The Mid-South Food Bank.
We are overwhelmed by the generosity demonstrated, allowing us to, in turn, bless those in need within our community.
Thank You!

Inspired by your wonderful spirit of giving, The Smith Clinic is now excited to launch it's next
service project:

The Smith Clinic's
Annual Coat Drive

Coat Drive Details:
We are accepting coats, gloves, scarfs & hats now through 12/23.
Should you wish to contribute, please drop off your donations
in our lobby any time during our normal business hours.

Thank you for helping us love on those in need within our community!
Saturday Gym Closure
Easy Holiday Recipes
Orange and Maple Roasted Butternut Squash
1 butternut squash (about 2 1/2 pounds), peeled, halved, seeded and thinly sliced
2 tablespoons olive oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
Zest and juice of 1 orange
2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Toss the squash with the oil and a generous pinch each of salt and pepper in a large bowl. Tile the squash slices in a 9-by-13-inch baking dish, overlapping the pieces. Stir the maple syrup, orange zest and juice together in a small bowl and pour over the squash.
  2. Cover with foil and bake 30 minutes. Uncover and continue to bake until the squash is tender and the top begins to brown, 30 to 40 minutes more. Scatter the parsley over the top.
Buffalo Chicken Dip
8 ounces cream cheese
1/2 cup finely chopped celery
1/2 cup hot sauce (recommended: Frank's)
1 rotisserie chicken, shredded
1 cup crumbled blue cheese
Crackers, bread or carrot sticks, for serving
  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. In a medium saucepan over moderate heat, melt the cream cheese until smooth, about 3 minutes. Add the celery, hot sauce and chicken and mix well. Transfer the mixture to a 9-inch pie plate and sprinkle the crumbled blue cheese on top. Bake until hot and bubbly, about 25 minutes. Serve with crackers, bread or carrot sticks.
  3. What Makes This Recipe Really Sing: This has all the great flavors of Buffalo chicken wings without all the fat of the chicken skin and oil. Want to make it lighter? Feel free to use light cream cheese.
Credit: Food Network

For more holiday recipes, visit our blog.
Our Heartfelt Thanks
During these turbulent and uncertain times, we are both humbled and in awe of the compassion and generosity of our community.
Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, the steadfast support from each of you has lifted our spirits, reminding us that YOU are the reason we do what we do each day. From your words of encouragement and uplifting notes, to the many treats and (most of all) your faithful trust in us, we are grateful beyond words.

Each staff member at the Smith Clinic strives to make a difference in the lives our patients, but we can honestly say you have made a difference in ours, especially during the course of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Bake Off: 12/18
Office Competitions: 12/14 - 12/18
Coat Drive: 12/7 - 12/23
Christmas Sweater Day: 12/23

**The Smith Clinic will be CLOSED 12/24, 12/25 & 12/26 in observance of Christmas**
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